You can easily use lamb cutlets for this dish; simply throw them onto a grill after marinating in the paste. Chicken also works well, as does fish. This dressing is a great one to have up your sleeve, too – simply shake up the four elements and pour over just about any combination of salad ingredients you like.
4 lamb backstraps
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp sea salt
FOR THE ROAST ZUCCHINI
2 medium zucchini (about 400g), cut into 1cm rounds
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
FOR THE POMEGRANATE DRESSING
5 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
For the zucchini salad, place the zucchini rounds on a baking tray, scatter with the garlic slices, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the cumin and sea salt. Roast for 10 minutes, until zucchini is cooked through. Transfer to a bowl, splash another good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top and add a squeeze of lemon.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with all the dry spices except the salt and stir them into a paste. Rub the paste all over lamb and marinate for 10 minutes.
For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
Put a pan on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil and sear the lamb for about two minutes on each side until the meat is browned all over.
Transfer the lamb to a roasting dish and season with sea salt. Cook in the oven for about 8 minutes, then remove and rest in a warm place for a further 8 minutes.
Take 4 large plates and spoon a quarter of the zucchini salad onto each plate. Place the lamb on a cutting board and cut each loin into 4 medallions and place these on top of the zucchini salad. You should have juice from the lamb on the plate it rested on; pour this into the dressing and mix well, then spoon over the lamb. Give a good grind of pepper and serve immediately.