Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lamb Salad with Pesto Dressing - Red Tractor February

I thought I should squeeze in the Red Tractor February recipe in February.  This month's recipe was Lamb Salad with Pesto Dressing.

The calendar quote for this month is about collecting: 

I thought it was quite cute, but I really have to stop collecting - I have too much stuff.

The lamb salad was quite tasty, and the pesto was surprisingly good.  I used almonds instead of pine nuts because I couldn't find my pine nuts.

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

500g lamb (they said backstrap, I cut the meat off some chops)
250g green beans, topped
3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (I used qukes)
1/2 bunch watercress (I left this out)

1 cup firmly packed basil leaves
75g toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup shredded parmesan
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice

Heat a frying pan, add the lamb and cook for 4-5 minutes each side before transferring to a plate and slicing thinly.

Cook the beans in boiling water then rinse under cold water - they should remain bright green and crisp.

Put the basil, pine nuts, parmesan and garlic in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. With the motor running, add the oil in a steady stream until well combined, then add the lemon juice and process until smooth.

Put the beans, tomatoes, cucumber and watercress into a bowl. Divide among 4-6 plates, top with lamb and drizzle over pesto.  Season with pepper.


Pam said...

The lamb looks delicious, we haven't had that in ages. Love the quote, but no room for collections here either.

Kayte said...

Oh, this lamb salad looks wonderful, I love all the just screams almost spring here...wait, that means it is almost fall there! I would love to find this on my plate. lol on collecting things...I am wondering what you collect? Tea towels, bakeware...those two I know about!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I used to be a huge collector until I moved and was so traumatised by moving that I am now a giver and love giving things away hehe!