Harissa Lamb with Lemon Mint Chickpea Salad

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.

Yield: Serves 4
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 621
  • Calories from fat: 64%
  • Protein: 32g
  • Fat: 45g
  • Saturated fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrate: 22g
  • Fiber: 6.1g
  • Sodium: 489mg
  • Cholesterol: 99mg


  • 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. 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. 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.
  3. *Buy harissa, a North African chile-and-spice paste, in the international section of many supermarkets.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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