Barbecued Shoulder of Lamb with Chopped Turkish Salad

, from Issue #39. September, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Barbecued Shoulder of Lamb with Chopped Turkish Salad

Chopped Turkish or ‘spoon’ salads as they are sometimes known, make an easy and delicious topping for barbecued meat, chicken and fish.

Serves: 6–8


1½ kilogram boned and butterflied shoulder of lamb

¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon each ground cumin and fennel
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
finely grated zest and juice 1 orange
freshly ground pepper

Turkish salad
2 large vine tomatoes
1 cup diced telegraph cucumber
1 cup diced fennel or celery
¼ cup chopped green olives
2 spring onions, finely chopped
seeds from 1 fresh pomegranate or  1/3 cup dried cranberries
small handful basil, finely chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Marinade: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with pepper. Place the lamb in a large shallow dish and rub the marinade well onto both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours but if time permits up to 24 hours. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before cooking.

Turkish salad: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

To cook: Preheat a grill plate. Season the lamb generously with sea salt and grill over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes each side or until done to your liking. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the meat. Transfer to a large plate, cover loosely and rest for 10 minutes.

To serve: Slice the lamb thinly and arrange on a serving platter. Pour over any meat resting juices and top with some of the salad, serving the remaining salad separately. 

Pantry note: Sweet smoked paprika is available from gourmet food stores and good supermarkets.