If you enjoy strong bold flavors then this Moroccan Lamb Salad is one for you! It really does pack a flavor punch – and a kick of spice too! It’s lower in fat and is perfect if you are Food Optimising on Slimming World as it is completely FREE!
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Moroccan Lamb Salad
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
The heady spices of cumin and cinnamon flavor the meat in this Moroccan Lamb Salad that is stir-fried with other aromatics and served with herbed bulgar wheat, tomatoes, carrots, and pomegranate seeds, then topped with spicy harissa and garlic yogurt dressing.
The aroma coming from the kitchen as the lamb was coking were so good! It was one of those meals that you just couldn’t wait to eat!
The lean lamb leg steaks (with all the visible fat removed so that it remains FREE on Slimming World) used in this recipe are chopped into chunks and then pulsed in a food processor to make small bite-size pieces.
That is pretty much the hardest part of the recipe – everything else is an absolute breeze!
There’s just a bit of chopping, grating, and stirring – all that can be done while the bulgur wheat is placed in a bowl and covered with boiling water and left to swell and become tender.
Bulgur wheat is is a cereal food made from the cracked parboiled groats of several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. It originates in Middle Eastern cuisine. In Greek-Cypriot cuisine (my heritage) we called it cracked or crushed wheat and use it in Pilafi Pourgouri among other dishes.
If you can’t find it in your local grocery store you could use couscous instead. It is prepared in exactly the same way as the recipe dictates.
You could actually prepare [nearly] all the elements of the salad in advance and store in the fridge until ready to cook the lamb and serve.
We really enjoyed this Slimming World Moroccan Lamb Salad and hope you do too! And you don’t have to be on the SW plan to prepare this dish, it’s a delicious salad regardless!
This recipe for Moroccan Lamb Salad serves 4 and is Free when Food Optimising.
Ingredients Used in This Recipe
For your convenience, I’ve linked any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe to Amazon below.
- Dried Red Chili Flakes
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Cinnamon
- Bulgur Wheat – if you can’t source this ingredient, you can use couscous instead
- White Wine Vinegar
- Dried Harissa Spice Mix – a mix of spices that include chilies, salt, paprika, and garlic. Blends may differ! Not to be confused with Sumac which is a different spice.
- Low-calorie Cooking Spray – such as Frylight
Slimming World Food Diary Printable
If you follow Slimming World, you will know that one of the crucial things to your success is keeping a Slimming World Food Diary.
I’ve got a free printable Slimming World Food Diary & Meal Planner here which now includes a diary for Extra Easy SP.
More Slimming World Friendly Recipes
Want a few Slimming World recipes to try next? Here are some of our favourites:
- Chicken Parmigiana & Spaghetti Bake
- Slimming World Moussaka – A Low-Fat Version of a Greek Classic!
- Slimming World Southern-Style Chicken, Sweet Potato Wedges & Slaw
How Do I Make Slimming World Moroccan Lamb Salad?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).
- 8 lean lamb leg steaks, visible fat removed, but into chunks
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp dried red chili flakes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed in garlic press, divided
- 200g dried bulgur wheat
- 400ml freshly boiled water
- 15g chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 15g chopped fresh mint (or dill if you prefer)
- 200g fat-free Greek yogurt
- 4 Tbsp white wine vinegar, divided
- 1 Tbsp dried harissa spice mix
- Low-calorie cooking spray
- 400g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
- 100g pomegranate seeds
- Place the lamb in a food processor and pulse into small pieces, a little chunkier than mince.
- Transfer to a bowl and add lemon juice, chili flakes, cumin, cinnamon, and half the garlic. Stir to combine, cover, and set aside.
- Place the bulgur wheat in a bowl and cover with freshly boiled water. Add a pinch of salt and leave for 10 minutes. Check for tenderness and drain if required.
- Fluff up with a fork and when cooled and stir through the chopped parsley and mint, reserving a little of each for garnish.
- Place the yogurt into a bowl with the lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, and the remaining garlic and stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir together the other 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar with the harissa spice mix. Set aside.
- Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over high heat. Stir-fry the lamb until browned and cooked through. About 8-10 minutes.
- To serve, divide the bulgar wheat between four bowls and top each with a portion of the cooked lamb.
- Divide the grated carrot and chopped tomatoes between the bowls and drizzle over the yogurt and harissa dressings.
- Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and the reserved fresh herbs.
- Slimming World Syns per serving: FREE when Food Optimising.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 633Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 243mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 8gSugar: 13gProtein: 75g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
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Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Slimming World in any way other than being a member and following their Food Optimising plan. This recipe may have been adapted from a Slimming World magazine or book. If you are reading this blog post or printing this recipe the chances are you already follow SW and know all the ins and outs of how it works. Please check with your consultant, in your member pack, or online at Slimming World’s website for full and up-to-date details about the plan as it may be updated from time to time in line with the latest nutritional information. I am not a doctor or dietician, or providing medical advice and hold no responsibility for the complete accuracy of calorie counts and nutritional information. And where applicable, Syns in Slimming World friendly recipes. I advise you to check your own resources if you are using recipes to lose weight. All weight-loss programs should be followed on advice from a doctor.