Grilled lamb salad with fresh mint, fetta and peas
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- 4 lamb rumps or 2 lamb backstraps (boned and trimmed loin of lamb)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup mint leaves, torn or chopped
- 1/3 cup parsley leaves
- 500g fresh peas, shelled, or 140g shelled peas
- 300g fetta, cubed
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- extra-virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
Coat the lamb with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and cook on barbecue or in a hot frying pan until brown on both sides. If you are using the rump, you will need to cook the lamb a few minutes on each side then finish in the oven. It will require 10-12 minutes altogether. If you are using the back strap, they will only require 2-3 minutes on each side (no oven time). Rest for a few minutes while you make the salad.
For the salad
Cook the peas in boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Toss the mint, parsley, peas, fetta and onion together, season with salt and pepper, and dress with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
Slice the lamb and arrange with the salad on individual serving plates.
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