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Lamb Loin Chops and Quinoa Salad with Peas, Feta, and Mint

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Quick Facts

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Total: 45 min.
Easy to make on a busy week night, it is a healthy dinner complete with a side salad.


  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 8 6 oz lamb loin chops, visible fat trimmed
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 2 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Lamb Loin ChopsIn a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Pat lamb dry with paper towels; rub both sides of the chops with spice mixture.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat (if grilling, cook over high heat).
  • Add lamb; cook until browned, about 6 minutes per side or until cooked to 145ºF for medium-rare.
  • Reduce heat to medium if needed.
  • Remove to a clean plate; let rest 5 minutes.
  • Quinoa Salad with Peas, Feta, and MintPlace quinoa in a fine mesh strainer; rinse under cold water for 2 minutes.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and quinoa; bring to a simmer.
  • Add peas halfway through cooking.
  • Remove from heat and cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with fork and gently stir in feta, mint, oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve with chops.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 354
  Calories from Fat 121 (34%)
(21%)Total Fat 14g
(20%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(25%)Cholesterol 75mg
(32%)Sodium 778mg
(18%)Potassium 615mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
(15%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(58%)Protein 29g
* 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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