Lamb and Mint Salad

Lamb and Mint Salad

After a long hiatus from YouTube, I’m back with a new camera and lighting equipment:-) This was a quick salad I threw together using a couple lamb steaks, green peaches (yep you read that right), mint and mizuna greens. Somewhere between a British sunday dinner and a Southeast Asian salad, this quick meal comes together in less than 10 minutes and is spot on for the sweltering heat we got here in New York over the weekend.

The salad of mizuna and mint dressed in lime juice and fish sauce is light and refreshing, but the lamb adds just enough substance to save you from a bout of midnight munchies just before bed. The green peaches might sound odd at first, but they add a wonderful crunchy texture to the salad, and the tart floral aroma is the perfect counterpoint to the fresh mint and earthy lamb.

Lamb and Mint Salad Notes

Since these videos are all about cooking without recipes, I’m not including one, but here are some notes to help you improvise your own salad.

Dressing
I went with a Southeast Asian theme, using lime juice and fish sauce to compliment the mint, but this would be equally good with lemon juice or vinegar for the acid and salt, miso, or soy sauce for the savory component. I’ve even been known to mash up Japanese salted plums (umeboshi) or capers for my dressing. The key to a great dressing is to get the right balance between the salt, sweet, and sour tastes. Taste it as you make it and adjust each flavor using ingredients in your pantry.

Greens
I’m not a huge fan of lettuce in salads, but I’m also not sure you can legitimately call something a salad without putting something green in it (I’m looking at YOU macaroni salad). I like using more flavorful greens such as arugula, mizuna, or mâche, as the base of my salads. Make your salad with your favorite lettuce, or if you’re feeling creative, try using kale, bok choy, or some other non-traditional green.

Protein
This isn’t necessary, but for me, I get hungry after a few hours if I don’t put some protein in a salad. You could use any kind of meat here such as chicken, beef or pork, but if you’re vegetarian, you could also use tofu, cheese, or nuts.

Aromatics
This is where your salad gets its flavor from. I used mint, but you could use other herbs such as thai basil, tarragon or dill. Or try adding aromatics such as roasted garlic or caramelized onions to your dressing.

Texture
I like having a variety of textures in my salads, so I used green peaches for texture in this salad. It also served as an aromatic. You could just as easily use crispy bean sprouts, crunchy cucumbers, or crackly fried rice noodles. Think about what textures you enjoy in a salad and have fun here.

  • The Duo Dishes

    So fresh and green. Great for the summer. Wishing you luck for your video submission!

  • carolynjung

    ANOTHER new camera?? Boys and their toys! heehee
    I'm just teasing. The salad pic DOES look gorgeous.

  • thelacquerspoon

    Lamb and mint, plus mizuna! Simple, but beautiful to enjoy all the textures :)

  • Patrick

    awesome! you should totally do more videos. mainly because im lazy and theyre easy and insightful!

    I loved the curry video! i bought all my ingredients for curry! im going to try two ways. your way from scratch and one using the blocks. Hopefully i dont fail miserably :-/

  • Trissa

    Gorgeous recipe Mark – I know you made it for your summer there but it looks hearty enough to have during the winter here in Australia… I went to the Oprah site and have voted for you. Thanks for letting us know we can vote again. I'll make sure to go back a few more times. I wish you all the best and hope you win.

  • http://twitter.com/thisismemandiG Amanda G

    wow! now this is my meal! :) hope you win! :) cheers!

  • http://anediblesymphony.blogspot.com/ Muneeba

    Now that's a salad I can get behind :) Lamb can be so awesome if done right … and yours looks like it was cooked perfectly!

  • We Are Never Full

    good luck w/ oprah! it must be a very popular contest cause a few other bloggers (young and old – like my 70 year old neighbor who just learned how to create a blog!) have submitted a video. I love that oprah is doing this to help discover talent.

    now, as for this salad, i love the combo. it reminds me a little (little) bit of one of my favorite salads at my local thai place. it's very spicy though. but the mint just balances that spice perfectly. nothing like mint/lamb combo. this is the meal i need on this STEAMING hot summer day in nyc.

  • http://www.tastewiththeeyes.com/ Lori Lynn

    The salad sounds awesome. So refreshing. I clicked on the Vote box on Oprah, so I hope my vote was counted. Good luck Marc! Looking forward to your show!
    LL

  • Mei Teng

    This is a really beautiful and delicious looking salad. Excellent photo.

  • Ellieut

    Just had to tell you I made this and it is FABULOUS! Only change I made was to add lime zest to the dressing, everything else followed to a T. Thank you!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Great idea adding lime zest! Glad you liked it!

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