Recipe: Skewered Minty Spring Lamb


Fed up with wasting your money on a greasy kebab with no flavour? This healthier alternative with a mint pesto and haloumi cheese and is super quick to make. Served with a zingy chickpea salad and is great to make ahead of time and cook when needed. A per


  • 500 g spring lamb fillet, loin or leg cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 glugs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 block haloumi
  • 1 tin cooked chickpeas, drained
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 handful pitted black olives
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 large handful pine nuts
  • 1 large handful parmesan grated
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 large handful mint
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to as hot as it’ll go, 220°C is good.

marinate the lamb

Step 2

Marinate The Lamb

Peel and grate the garlic. Put half of garlic in a bowl with the lamb, cumin, and a glug of olive oil. Cover tightly and leave to marinade for a few hours in the fridge if you can (not essential).

prepare the skewers

Step 3

Prepare The Skewers

Slice the peppers and haloumi into bite-size pieces… the same size as the lamb. Spike the lamb, peppers and haloumi chunks onto metal skewers, mixing up the colours.

grill the skewers

Step 4

Grill The Skewers

Lay the skewers on an ovenproof tray and cook for 6-8 minutes in the oven until the peppers and cheese begin to char but the lamb is only just cooked, a little pink is the middle is fine.

make the chickpea salad

Step 5

Make The Chickpea Salad

Dice the onion, cucumber and deseeded the tomatoes. Mix with the olives and chickpeas.

make the pesto

Step 6

Make The Pesto

Colour the pine nuts by toasting in a hot dry pan, then blitz in a blender with the parmesan, lemon juice, mint, garlic and with a glug of oil to create a mint pesto.

finish chickpeas & serve up

Step 7

Finish Chickpeas & Serve Up

Stir the mint pesto into the chickpea salad. Serve the salad on a plate with the kebabs on top and serve immediately. Serves 4

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