Za’atar lamb with grapefruit salad



20 min


25 min


4 Servings

Za’atar lamb with grapefruit salad

Za'tar lamb with grapefruit salad Photo by Erik Putz

This rustic lamb dish stars za'atar, an earthy Middle Eastern spice blend (and also our flavour of the year!). Try it, and find yourself travelling eastward at the dinner table tonight.


  • 8 lamb loin chops
  • 1 tbsp za'atar spice blend
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 pink grapefruits
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp honey


  • PREHEAT broiler. Arrange lamb loin chops on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Combine za’atar with sesame seeds and salt. Sprinkle over lamb chops. Broil in top third of oven until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of lamb reads 140F for rare, 5 to 7 min.
  • REMOVE segments from pink grapefruits, reserving juice separately. Toss baby spinach with grapefruit segments, parsley and pine nuts in a large bowl.
  • WHISK 3 tbsp reserved grapefruit juice with olive oil, water,  apple-cider vinegar and  honey in a medium bowl. Drizzle salad with dressing just before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 421,
  • Protein
  • 27 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18 g,
  • Fat
  • 28 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 541 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • Vitamin C
Wine Pairings

Israeli lamb & citrus salad
Pair it with: A Spanish blend

Made by one of Spain’s leading winemakers, this is a superb blend of garnacha, carinena, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. The notes of anise, plums, black cherries and a stoniness from the area’s soils all sit well with Middle Eastern flavours.

Our pick: Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat, Spain, $23.

Trend alert: Za’atar
This earthy Middle Eastern spice blend is the flavour of the year. Make your own by mixing 3 tbsp thyme with 3 tbsp sesame seeds, 2 tsp sumac or lemon zest, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt.