Lamb Cutlets with Chimichurri and Quinoa Salad

, from Issue #76. January, 2018
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Lamb Cutlets with Chimichurri and Quinoa Salad

Quick cooking and very tender, lamb cutlets pair beautifully with this flavourful chimichurri which is also the dressing for the tasty quinoa salad.

Serves: 4


16 lamb cutlets or chops
olive oil
sea salt and ground pepper
3 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
8 fresh dates, pitted and ripped
100 grams halloumi, shaved with a vegetable peeler
small handful parsley, roughly chopped
Chimichurri Dressing
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon boiling water
½ cup tightly packed parsley
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram or oregano leaves
½ teaspoon chilli flakes or more to taste
3 cloves garlic, crushed
⅓ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon ground pepper


Chimichurri Dressing

Dissolve the salt in the boiling water and cool.

Place the herbs, chilli flakes, garlic and the oil in a food processor and blend until smooth. Tip into a bowl and whisk in the vinegar, pepper and salt water. Set aside. Makes ¾ cup.

Lamb Cutlets

Brush the cutlets with oil and season well. Heat a sauté pan or barbecue and cook the cutlets for 2 minutes each side or until done to your liking. Transfer to a plate and immediately spoon a little chimichurri over each cutlet.

Combine the quinoa with the remaining dressing, season generously and place on a large platter.

Scatter over the pumpkin seeds, dates, halloumi and herbs. Serve the cutlets alongside. Serves 4.