Harissa Lamb with Lemon Mint Chickpea Salad

Harissa Lamb with Lemon Mint Chickpea Salad Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
We cut the lamb into smaller pieces so it cooks quickly and so each one has some of the flavorful harissa crust when sliced.


Serves 4

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 621
Caloriesfromfat 64 %
Protein 32 g
Fat 45 g
Satfat 12 g
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fiber 6.1 g
Sodium 489 mg
Cholesterol 99 mg


1/4 cup harissa*
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pound lamb knuckle or bottom roast
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
Peel from 1 lemon (use a vegetable peeler), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion


1. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). In a small bowl, combine harissa, garlic, and 1/4 cup oil; set some aside for serving. Cut lamb into 4 pieces, then brush 2 tbsp. of paste over each. Grill lamb, turning and brushing with a little more paste as you go, until done the way you like, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes, then slice.

2. For salad, mix together chickpeas, mint, lemon peel, juice, salt, onion, and remaining 1/4 cup oil. Serve lamb slices over or mixed into bean salad, with reserved harissa sauce on the side.

*Buy harissa, a North African chile-and-spice paste, in the international section of many supermarkets.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.