I suppose the notion of lamb salad is a bit much, but this is really so good. Also, it’s an exciting way to eat carrots. Don’t get me wrong, I am into carrots, but I am really really into shaved carrots, apparently. Anyway, this salad is a whole meal, it’s filling but not too heavy, it comes via Jamie Oliver (swoon!), and it looks pretty (I think). Basically, amazing.
- many carrots, peeled in long strips
- garam masala
- 1 pound ground lamb or lamb sausage
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted if you want
- a bunch of picked cilantro leaves
- a bunch of picked mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3 shallots, diced very finely
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- olive oil
Heat a large frying pan and and fry the ground lamb with as much garam masala as you want, depending on the spice level. Stir the lamb and fry it until it’s crispy. Once the lamb is cooked, remove it from the pan, but keep the rendered fat and lightly fry the shaved carrot.
For the dressing, dice the shallots as finely as possible, and add the lemon zest and juice, grated ginger, ground cumin and a bit of salt. Add as much olive oil as you think you need, and then pour the dressing over the carrots.
Arrange everything on a plate with the mint and cilantro first, then the lamb, topped with the carrots and finally with the sesame seeds.
This is really lovely with naan or a bit of spicy yogurt.