Barbecued Chilli Mint Lamb and Tomato Salad
This tasty salad uses the classic flavour combination of lamb, mint and tomatoes. Serve the zesty bulgur on the side, or toss it through the salad at the end, as we’ve done here.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
250 g (9 oz) lamb fillet, trimmed
extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
30 g (1 oz/1 cup) mint leaves, roughly torn
4 small vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into eighths, or 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red capsicum (pepper), sliced into strips
1 Lebanese (short) cucumber, sliced into rounds
1 red chilli, seeds removed and thinly sliced (optional)
freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
Zesty Bulgur Wheat
90 g (3 oz/ 1/2 cup) bulgur wheat
125 ml (4 fl oz/ 1/2 cup) boiling water
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- Lightly brush the lamb fillet with a little oil. Cook on a preheated barbecue or in a char-grill pan for 3–4 minutes each side, or until cooked to your liking. Remove the meat, wrap in foil and leave it to rest for 10 minutes.
- Put the mint, tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber and chilli, if using, in a serving bowl. Season with pepper. Make a dressing by combining the oil and lemon juice in a screw-top jar and shake well.
- To make the zesty bulgur wheat, put the bulgur wheat in a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Cover with foil (or plastic wrap or a plate) and leave to steam for about 15 minutes, or until the water has absorbed. Fluff up the grains with a fork and stir in the lemon zest and juice.
- Slice the lamb fillet thinly across the grain, toss with the salad ingredients and the bulgur wheat, then pour over the dressing and toss to coat.