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Monday, December 13, 2010

Marinated Lamb Chops with Watermelon, Haloumi and Mint Salad

There have been lots of recipes going around for watermelon salads - lots of different combinations - some with feta, some with prawns, I was a little sceptical about having watermelon served alongside meat, but after trying it last night I am a convert!!  It was lovely, so light and refreshing - and it looked so festive too!!

So to the sound of Christmas carols in the air (we live by a big hospital that has Christmas carols and fireworks every year - which we can see and hear without even leaving home!!!) we had this lovely red and green salad.





Marinated Lamb Chops with Watermelon, Haloumi and Mint Salad
Adapted form a recipe found in Woolworth's Fresh magazine dated August 2009


Serves 4


Marinade

1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves crushed garlic
4 tbs red wine vinegar
3 tbs finely chopped fresh rosemary
freshly ground black pepper

8 lamb steak/chops

Place all the marinade ingredients into a large ziploc bag.  Marinade for at least 30 minutes, longer if possible.

Watermelon Salad

1 tbs chopped capers
juice of 1 lemon (approx 2 1/2 tbs)
1/2 cup of mint leaves, shredded/torn into large pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbs olive oil
250g haloumi cheese
1kg seedles watermelon, cut into large cubes
1/4 red onion, finely sliced

Combine the capers, lemon juice, mint, salt and pepper and olive oil in a large screw top jar.  Shake to combine.

Place the cut watermelon pieces and red onion in a large bowl.

In a frypan over medium high heat cook the haloumi until golden on both sides (approx 2 minutes each side).  Add the haloumi to the watermelon, then pour over the dressing, toss to combine.



BBQ the lamb chops over medium high heat for 3 minutes each side (or until cooked to your liking).

Serve lamb chops with watermelon salad.


How festive does that look?  It is an absolutely beautiful meal to have on a hot summer's night!!

Dinner over, kids out playing in the backyard, and then the fireworks lit up the night sky!  Can you ask for anything better?

4 comments:

  1. that looks so Christmassy-but specifically Australian Christmassy! :D

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  2. WOW Cate, what a fantastic combination of flavours! I am yet to try watermelon in a salad and I too have had the same kind of skepticism you had but I must say it looks more and more appealing the more I see it.

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  3. What a great flavour combination, I have all the salad ingredients n the fridge or garden so this will be dinner tonight!!!

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  4. OOOOH!!! Watermelon and Haloumi Salad!!! GIMME!!! I love watermelon salads, I love Haloumi. Cate, I think that you just created heaven on earth.

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