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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


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?


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

  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.

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

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