Flavor-Packed Side Dishes for Lamb
You don't need a special occasion to prepare lamb, though Passover Seder and Easter lunch count among the many reasons to cook the succulent meat. Other valid reasons to cook lamb? The following 14 side dishes—all of which bring out of the best in full-flavored lamb.
Arakas Latheros (Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill)
Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash
Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad
For some, lamb just isn't complete without mint. Even if your lamb recipe doesn't call for the herb, serving this refreshing salad on the side will please the palate. For optimal flavor, wait until tomatoes are in season, then serve with Grilled Spicy Lamb Burgers.
Moroccan Spicy Carrot Salad
"Wow, I think these were the best tasting carrots that I have ever had! Extremely flavorful and such interesting flavors at that," Kristen B. says. This salad packs a lot of heat but remains balanced—it would be heavenly next to Lamb Ribs with Honey and Wine.
Apricot Almond Pilaf
Carrot, saffron, and apricots give this rice its gorgeous golden color, along with a flavor that rounds out lamb with deep, slightly sweet notes. You could serve this as a bed for Little Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce.
Roasted Za'atar Potatoes
Baked Eggplant Salad
Dressed in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and cilantro, this salad would be a natural next to simple grilled lamb chops. The bright, tangy flavors in this dish would contrast spectacularly with the earthen chops.
Chef John's Perfect Polenta
Arica's Green Beans and Feta
A bright, simple dish that will help cut through the richness of lamb. The vibrantly fresh flavor is made up of only 6 ingredients, and can be whipped up quickly in a time constraint.
Sweet Potato and Fennel Hash
This smoky-sweet hash would pair perfectly with lamb chops. Jalapeños, whiskey, and brown sugar give this hash a serious edge. Pile a chop on top of this flavorful side for a stick-to-you-ribs brunch experience.
Beet and White Bean Salad
"I have not had beets since I was a child and wasn't the biggest fan but I thought I would give this salad a try. I am so glad I did," shares Happyschmoopies. "I am now a beet fan! This salad had so many great flavors —from the creamy beans to crunchy walnuts and tangy blue cheese."
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-Mint Yogurt
A slightly tart, comforting soup to serve alongside perfectly cooked lamb. It doesn't get any better than lentils simmered in cayenne and chicken broth, then swirled with a zesty yogurt.