Spinach Salad With Lamb and Basil

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“This is a make ahead dish. Note the prep time is for the marinating lamb then cooling. Sometimes I will buy the red peppers in a jar and also use grape tomatoes. I got this recipe from Gourmet Magazine.”
6hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper over lamb in a sealable plastic bag combine lamb, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 tablespoon basil, turning lamb to coat evenly. Marinate lamb, covered and chilled, 4 hours.
  2. Cut roasted peppers into thin 2-inch long strips and in a bowl combine with vinegar and 2 tablespoons oil. Chill peppers, covered, until assembling salad.
  3. In the food processor coarsely crumble goat cheese and mix with with 2 tablespoons oil (or less I eyeball it) and 1 tablespoon basil. Chill goat cheese, covered, until assembling salad.
  4. In a blender blend remaining 1/4 cup oil, remaining tablespoon basil, and salt and pepper to taste until smooth. Transfer basil oil to a small bowl. Chill basil oil, covered, while preparing lamb. Bring basil oil to room temperature before assembling salad.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  6. In an ovenproof skillet over moderately high heat until hot and brown lamb on all sides. Put skillet in middle of oven and roast lamb about 10 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 140°F for medium-rare. Cool lamb. Chill lamb, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Cut lamb into thin slices.
  7. Discard coarse stems from spinach and arrange leaves around edges of 4 large plates. Scatter come peppers evenly over spinach and mound some goat cheese in center of each plate. Arrange lamb slices around goat cheese and drizzle salads with basil oil.

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