Grilled Leg of Lamb

Total Time:
3 hr
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) boneless leg of lamb, butterflied but not tied
  • 2 cups mache or mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 bunch mint, leaves only
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
Directions
To make the vinaigrette:

To a blender, add: the oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, thyme, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Blend until thoroughly combined. Pat the lamb dry and put it on a shallow platter. Season all over with salt and pepper. Pour half of the vinaigrette over the lamb, turning the meat to get it well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove the marinated meat from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling.

Heat the grill (or large cast iron skillet) and oil it lightly. Remove the lamb from the marinade and grill for about 15 to 20 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Adjust the time accordingly for other degrees of doneness.) Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.

Toss the mache (or mixed baby greens), mint leaves, and scallions in a bowl and dress the salad with about 3 tablespoons of the reserved vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the lamb into thick slices and serve with greens.


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    Best leg of lamb, or really, best food I have ever had. Be sure to look up is caper-rasin salsa to put on top. The salsa is what makes it the best thing I have ever eaten. It was amazing and unfortunately, did not make it past 10 minutes before it was all gone.
    My new go to lamb marinate, I picked up a 2 & 3/4# piece. I cooked it 10 minutes per side on a hot charcoal fire and let rest. What flavor, the fresh herbs go along way. Marinate has a beautiful blend of multi flavors. Served w/ Ina's Orzo and roasted vegetables (which I made the day b/4). Would definitely make again, going to use on rack of lamb next time.
    Awesome. Made double this last night,and i marinated this and chicken for about 4 hrs. Both were so tender and moist.Unfortunately there were no leftovers.
    I made this to take to a New Years Eve Pot Luck....it was a hit!
     
    The marinate is delicious and the combo of mache, shallots, mint and the leftover marinate as a dressing. I will prepare this recipe over and over.
     
    Note: Seared on stove for 20 minutes a side (my lamb was a bit bigger than what recipe called for and finished it off for about 10-15 minutes in a 400 degree oven....let it set and VIOLA!
     
    My girlfriend who usually doesn't eat lamb loved it. So did I. will definitely be making again.
    I lived in the Med. area for many years and this is a wonderfully representative recipe of the area. My husband who does not like lamb thinks this recipe is great. Since I love lamb I have tried many recipes before finding this one. However, I have to say I do not think I have tried a Tyler recipe that I have not liked. He is a terrific and creative chef. If you like the lamb try his cornish game hens, I think the show was a holiday meal but wow another crowd pleaser!
    Tyler does this recipe on an indoor grill which I imagine would leave a fair amount of the gaminess since the heat is not as intense nor the fire present such as what would occur on a coal BBQ. I followed this recipe to the ingredient and cooked it on mequite coals at ahigh temperature. The layer of fat was deliciously crisped (and hence "de-gamed") by the contact of the fire and the coals imparted an extremely mediterranean feel to this most succulent meat. I would not make this dish any other way in all honesty! Since the meat will have varying levels of done-ness I would aim for the thickest part to register about 135 degrees (rarish) which will grant you a wide variety of levels of "done-ness." though all of them taste great!!!!
    This is our new "go to" lamb recipe. So easy and so delicious. We make extra marinade now and use it as salad dressing.
    This was the best thing I have tasted in a long while. Absolutely delicious.
    The vinaigrette complements the lamb very well and is excellent wIth the mache. My kids loved the lamb. Definitely one for the recipe book.
    This was a huge hit with my family on Easter. I cooked about a 7lb boneless leg of lamb following the given directions. I made the whole dinner the day before and the next day gently reheated everything and plated it as Tyler did. I served the salad on the side. Great combination of flavors.
    Tyler does it again-- I made this entire dinner for my family on Sunday and it was an absolute hit. From the chickpeas to the salsa. It was easy and delicious. Keep it coming Tyler!!
    I made this for Easter dinner and it was so easy and so delicious. Even non-lamb lovers loved this. I made a 10 lb boned and butterflied , american leg of lamb. The marinade was very tasty and made a great salad dressing also. The only addition I made was fresh rosemary. The grilling added just the right amount of flavor and the meat was much easier to carve than my usual whole leg of lamb.. It was also easier to accomodate all the different rates of doneness needed by my company, from rare to well done. I will definitely be making this a regular on my menu
    We tried this recipe out for Easter dinner and unfortunately, were a little dissapointed. Everything came out perfectly and the recipe was easy to follow and prepare however, we just didn't like the overall flavor combinations. It was clear that it was not a hit at our dinner either as none of our guests raved about the dish and in fact were not finishing what they had taken.
     

     
    This is an extremely rare occurrance for us - we are avid Food Network junkies and Tyler is one of our most favorite chefs so while this recipe may not have worked for us, it will definately not deter us from choosing another and definately not keep us from loving Tyler's recipe's...
    We tried this for our Easter Dinner on our grill and it was great. We had some family members who didn't like lamb and they loved this dish. The marinade was not overpowering and it complimented the meat quite nicely. The leftover marinade also made a great salad dressing (as suggested). The grilled taste adds so much to the flavor of the lamb. I would suggest this easy and flavorful recipe anytime.
    I have to admit substituting a pork loin for the lamb, the this really came together well. The cooking time was very close and ended up very delicious. Definitely worth doing again!!
    my husband and i made this on sunday night for his parents. it was unbelievable. it was pretty easy to make and inexpensive. we bought a delicious deboned leg of lamb at costco for $20. i highly recommend this recipe.
    This recipe made Sunday lunch special again. It was super simple and way tasty. Enjoy!
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