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Lemon-Herb Rubbed Butterflied Leg of Lamb Bread Salad

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Total: 30 min.
This salad will stick to your ribs and drive away the hunger.


  • 3 Tbs fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3 lbs butterflied lamb leg
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 16 slices crusty bread (each about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 3/4 cup prepared light vinaigrette
  • 8 small heirloom or vine ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, oregano, garlic, and 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Remove fat cap from lamb leg; press rub onto both sides of leg.
  • Grill lamb leg over medium direct heat, covered, 3 minutes per side.
  • Grill over medium indirect heat, covered, 7 to 15 minutes for medium-rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally.
  • Loosely cover; let rest 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove outer leaves of lettuce and trim stems; slice lengthwise into quarters.
  • Brush both sides of each bread slice with remaining olive oil.
  • Grill lettuce quarters and bread slices over direct heat 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Carve lamb leg across the grain.
  • Drizzle about 5 tablespoons vinaigrette over bread slices.
  • For each salad, alternately layer 2 slices bread, 1 romaine quarter, 2 to 3 slices tomato, 3 basil leaves, and 2 to 3 slices lamb.
  • Season each salad with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with additional 1 tablespoon vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 545
  Calories from Fat 291 (53%)
(50%)Total Fat 33g
(30%)Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
(37%)Cholesterol 112mg
(19%)Sodium 466mg
(37%)Potassium 1283mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
(28%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(81%)Protein 40g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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