Grilled Lamb Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:


  • 1 1-pound piece boneless leg of lamb, about 3 inch thick
  • 2 red jalapeños, seeded and sliced
  • 0.5 cup shredded basil, plus 4 sprigs
  • 1 medium seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 6-ounce piece of jicama, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 4 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • 0.5 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 0.25 cup vegetable oil, plus more for rubbing
  • 4 cilantro sprigs


1. Light a grill. Rub the lamb with oil, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the cumin and season with salt and black pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, mustard and the remaining 1 teaspoon of cumin. Whisk in the 1/4 cup of oil and season with salt and white pepper.

3. Grill the lamb over moderate heat, turning a few times, until charred and medium-rare, about 12 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a carving board; let rest for 5 minutes.

4. In a large bowl, toss the romaine with the jicama, carrot, cucumber, shredded basil and jalapeños. Add the dressing and toss well. Transfer to plates. Thinly slice the lamb and arrange the slices on the salad. Garnish with the cilantro and basil sprigs and serve.