Spiced lamb skewers with blackberry quinoa salad

Lamb is a typical meal for the cold season. But here is a sugestion for a light lamb meal for springtime: enjoy lamb now hot or cold with a light and tasty salad.

Serves: 4


  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, roughly crushed
  • 1 tsp peppercorns, roughly crushed, plus a little extra
  • 1 pieces lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • few salt flakes
  • 700 g lean lamb leg steaks, cubed
  • 125 g fine asparagus
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 200 g mixed red and white quinoa with bulghar wheat
  • 1 pieces red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 200 g blackberries
  • 100 g sun blush tomatoes in oil, drained
  • Small handful flat leafed parsley, roughly chopped
  • Small handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pieces lemons, halved


1. Add the garlic, crushed cumin and peppercorns to a shallow dish; add the lemon juice, honey, 1 tablespoon oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and fork together to mix. Add the cubed lamb and toss in the garlic mixture then thread on to 8 small metal skewers. Toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and a little extra salt and pepper.   
2. For the quinoa salad, bring the stock to the boil in a saucepan; add the quinoa mix and simmer for 12 minutes or until the grains are just beginning to separate. 
3. Pour off any excess stock, leaving just enough in the pan to keep the quinoa moist. Tip into a bowl then add the remaining salad ingredients and toss together with a two spoons.
4. Preheat a griddle pan or grill and cook the lamb skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning several times until browned. Take out of the pan, add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes until just tender.
5. Add the asparagus to the salad then serve with the lamb skewers. Squeeze over lemon juice to taste.

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