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Spiced Lamb Skewers with Blackberry Quinoa Salad

Lamb skewers to feed your lover

This recipe comes to us from Sara Lewis, chef and author of Cooking from the GardenSpiced Lamb Skewers with Blackberry Quinoa Salad 1. I loved this lamb recipe at first glance. Something like these lamb skewers are always fun to hand feed to your lover.

When I first read the recipe, I was swept away by a romantic notion. I picture it being eaten by moonlight, either to the sounds of nature in an enchanted forest or on a rooftop high enough to mute the city noise.

A recipe with leftovers

Sara designed the lamb skewer recipe to offer leftover quinoa salad. Her thought was that it would be perfect for lunch the next day. Or perhaps it could be served as a romantic midnight snack for two. After all, a protein rich grain, quinoa is the food of sustenance. But with a recipe that offers the musky aroma of blackberries, the warming effect of cumin and the sustaining protein of both lean lamb and quinoa, I could see how the whole dish might disappear in one romantic meal.

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Spiced Lamb Skewers with Blackberry Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This recipe is designed for lovers with lamb skewers you can feed one another and a salad loaded with aphrodisiac ingredients. 

Course: Main Course
Cooking Style: grill
Diet and Health: healthy-ish
Seasonal: Fourth of July, Mother's Day, summer
Ingredient: lamb, quinoa
Servings: 4
Created by: Sara Lewis
For the lamb skewers
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds roughly crushed
  • 1 tsp peppercorns roughly crushed, plus a little extra
  • the juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a few salt flakes
  • 1 lb and 9 oz lean lamb leg steaks cubed
  • 41/2 oz fine asparagus
For the quinoa salad
  • 11/4 pint vegetable stock
  • 7 oz mixed red and white quinoa with bulghar wheat
  • 1 red onion halved, thinly sliced
  • 7 oz blackberries
  • 4 oz sun blush tomatoes in oil drained
  • small handful flat leafed parsley roughly chopped
  • small handful fresh mint roughly chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons halved
  1. Add the garlic, crushed cumin and peppercorns to a shallow dish; add the lemon juice, honey, 1 tablespoon oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and fork together to mix.
  2. Add the cubed lamb and toss in the garlic mixture then thread on to 8 small metal skewers. Toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and a little extra salt and pepper.
  3. For the quinoa salad, bring the stock to the boil in a saucepan; add the quinoa mix and simmer for 12 minutes or until the grains are just beginning to separate.
  4. Pour off any excess stock, leaving just enough in the pan to keep the quinoa moist. Tip into a bowl then add the remaining salad ingredients and toss together with two spoons.
  5. Preheat a grilling pan or grill and cook the lamb skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning several times until browned. Take out of the pan, add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes until just tender.
  6. Add the asparagus to the salad then serve with the lamb skewers. Squeeze over lemon juice to taste.

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