MLA Australian Lamb Cucumber and Watercress Salad

  • Prep time 1Hr
  • Cook time 20Min
  • Technique Grill
  • Meat Lamb
  • Cut Leg
  • Serves 4

Looking for a delicious natural lamb recipe? Try out this simple, yet tasty recipe for Lamb Cucumber and Watercress Salad from Australian Lamb!


Australian Lamb Ingredients:
1 Australian lamb leg, boneless
2 Tbsp coarse sea or kosher salt
2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tsp fresh oregano leaves
olive oil

Salad Ingredients:
2 Persian or ½ english cucumber
½ bulb fennel (anise), white part only
2 bunches watercress, leaves separated from roots
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Method :
Remove netting and open leg of lamb. Pound to around 1-2 inch thickness. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour, or overnight for a more “cured” flavor.

Drain away excess juices and pat lamb dry with a paper towel, wiping off excess seasoning. Allow to come to room temperature, then brush generously with olive oil. Preheat grill or barbecue to medium high and add remaining oil.

Add lamb to the grill and brown on all sides, then continue to barbecue, turning occasionally for 10-20 minutes, depending on thickness. The lamb can be finished in a covered grill or 350°F oven. Transfer to a clean platter, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.

For the salad, cut cucumber and fennel in half lengthwise and slice as thinly as possible. For paper-thin slices, use a vegetable peeler or mandolin. Place in large bowl with watercress leaves.

Just before serving, whisk the oil, juice of ½ of the lemon, mustard, and season to taste. Toss through the salad.

Place salad on large platter or individual plates. Slice desired amount of lamb thinly across the grain and arrange over salad. Squeeze over extra lemon juice, or lemon-infused oil.

Toss the salad with half of the dressing and serve with the chops. Drizzle the chops with the rest of the dressing.

To Serve:
Serve with a dry, full-bodied white wine and crusty bread.