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Barbecued lamb, salsa verde, tomato salad, toasted couscous and fromage blanc

Prep time overnight
Cook time overnight
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen
Give your barbecue a makeover with this succulent and colourful dish that’s perfect for cooking for friends.


  1. Put the lamb in a large shallow dish. Blend the parsley, mint, oregano, garlic, chilli, capers and 150ml/5fl oz oil in a food processor. Pour two thirds of the mixture over the lamb, cover with clingfilm and marinate in the fridge for 24 hours. Reserve the remaining mixture in the fridge, covered.

  2. When you are ready to cook, preheat your barbecue to hot.

  3. For the couscous, melt the butter with the oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Add the couscous and fry until dark and well toasted. Pour in 300ml/10fl oz cold water and cover with cling film, then set aside.

  4. Mix the olives with the remaining 100ml/31/2fl oz oil, cover and set aside. For the salad, put the tomatoes in a shallow serving dish, then sprinkle over the vinegar, basil and a pinch of salt. Cover and set aside.

  5. Cook the lamb on the barbecue for 4 minutes on each side, or until well browned but still pink in the middle. Transfer it to a serving plate, drizzle with oil and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

  6. To finish the couscous, toast the almonds in a hot frying pan for 2-3 minutes. Fluff the couscous up using a fork, mix in the almonds, a drizzle of oil and a spoon of the reserved salsa verde and season with salt and pepper.

  7. Arrange the tomatoes and couscous on plates and garnish with the olives. Add a quenelle of the salsa verde. Carve the lamb and divide equally between the plates. Spoon on the fromage frais and drizzle with the resting juices.


  • 1 double lamb rump, boned and butterflied to equal thickness
  • half bunch fresh parsley
  • half bunch fresh mint
  • half bunch fresh oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 small green chilli, deseeded
  • 4 tsp capers
  • 250ml/9fl oz olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 200g/7oz large pitted green olives, roughly chopped
  • 100g/3½oz fromage blanc
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

For the couscous:

  • 50g/13/4oz butter
  • 50ml/2fl oz olive oil
  • 150g/51/2oz couscous
  • 10g/1/2oz almonds, toasted

For the salad:

  • 6 heirloom tomatoes, cut into equal size shapes
  • 4 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • small handful fresh basil, roughly torn

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