I’m not gunna lie.  When I think of artichokes, I think of lots of work in the kitchen and that’s simply time we just don’t have, right?

I usually revert to the canned artichokes, drain them and then roast them, however, I do my best to refrain from the canned items due to their sodium count and whatnot, so…I bought a bunch o’ artichokes and had a bit of fun.

Just Me, the Chokes and a hot Grill.

Now, picture that in a tiny Manhattan apartment.

Classic, right?

That’s what I thought.

Not too time consuming, not too intense, these grilled artichokes are delicious hot, room temp or chilled.  I created a tasty Basil Curry Sauce with cashews, avocado, fresh basil and curry paste for a fun dipping sauce that you can spread atop these grilled chokes.

I’ve even been using the left-over sauce to spread atop baked tofu and ontop of my eggs and toast. Pretty nifty, huh?

So, go ahead. Strike up that grill.

It’s 60 degrees in good ol’ Manhattan today and Spring is a comin’!

Yeah. It’s grill time, people.

Strike it up.

Grilled Artichokes with Basil Curry Sauce

Gluten-Free and Vegan

Serves 4


  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. curry paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice


  1. Fill a Dutch oven with water; add juice of 1 lime.  Carefully trim leaves from artichoke tops and remove outer layers of leaves.  Slice an inch off the artichoke stems and place each artichoke into the lime water.
  2. With all 4 artichokes in the lime water, cover the Dutch oven and bring to a boil; boil for 15-20 minutes or until artichokes are soft and tender.  Transfer artichokes to a plate and let cool for approximately 5-10 minutes or until safe to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Slice each artichoke in half, lengthwise.  Spoon out the inner fuzzy layers of the artichokes ‘the choke’ and brush each half with oil, then sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and chili powder.
  4. Transfer artichoke halves to the hot grill; grill until tender, approximately 7-8 minutes per side.
  5. In a food processor, combine curry paste, basil, cashews, avocado and orange juice; process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl, cover and place into the fridge until ready to serve.
  6. Remove artichokes from grill; place onto a serving platter.  Drizzle with the juice from one lime and serve with Basil Curry Sauce.
  7. Serve chilled or at room temperature dipped into Basil Curry Sauce.
  8. Enjoy!

For all you New Yorkers out there, I recently stumbled upon this adorable little Manhattan dining spot, Sorella, which has a delicious fresh menu and lots of gluten-free eats (minus the pasta) as I’m loving the thought of this Kale Salad they have. Has anyone ever dined here? I think I’m going to try this spot out over the weekend.  Looks yummy, doesn’t it?

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Enjoy your weekend, Foodies…it’s supposed to be a bit warmer here in the city so I’m excited for a bit of fresh air and sunshine.  Who’s ready for flip-flip season? I surely am.  Springtime, here I come.

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    1. Thanks Alli; I hope this Curry Sauce doesn’t scare you, hehe…it’s delish and I love it, I’ve been using the leftovers on all my salads and grilled tofu dishes. Have a great Sunday!

  1. Aww; you are fabulous. Thanks Cara, so great to hear from you and I hope you enjoy this recipe…it’s delish and I’m lovin’ this curry sauce on everything from tofu to rice and these tasty artichokes.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Aww; you are fabulous. Thanks Cara, so great to hear from you and I hope you enjoy this recipe…it’s delish and I’m lovin’ this curry sauce on everything from tofu to rice and these tasty artichokes.
      Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Awww; thanks so much Al. Such a pleasure to hear from you..no worries about the call, we’ll catch up soon. Enjoy your weekend and hope to see you soon. xoxo