Marinated lamb leg with chickpea salad and garlic yoghurt dressing

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Marinated lamb with a tangy, garlicky yoghurt dressing takes you straight to the Mediterranean.

Marinated lamb leg with chickpea salad and garlic yoghurt dressing.
Photo: William Meppem

Ingredients

  • Note: the lamb needs to be marinated for 6 hours or overnight

  • 1 boneless leg of lamb (about 2½-3kg)
  • 1 lemon, to serve

  • Marinade
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • sea salt

  • Chickpea salad
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Yoghurt dressing
  • 250g sheep's milk yoghurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

Lay the lamb flat on a board, skin side down, and cut the 2 large muscles almost in half so you can open them up.

You should have a rectangle of lamb about 3cm thick. (You can ask your butcher to do this for you.)

For the marinade, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Add the lamb and turn a few times to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours, or overnight, turning occasionally.

Remove the lamb from the fridge several hours before cooking.

For the yoghurt dressing, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

For the chickpea salad, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

Heat the grill or barbecue to hot.

Place the lamb on the barbecue and pour the marinade over the meat.

Cook for 8 minutes, then turn and cook for a further 8 minutes.

Transfer the lamb to a plate to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.

Carve into slices.

To serve, place some chickpea salad on each plate, and top with sliced lamb.

Add a dollop of yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon, and spoon any juices over.

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  • Main Ingredients - Lamb
  • Course - Dinner
  • Occasion - Barbecue

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