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Coastal Lamb Moroccan Cutlets on Olive Couscous Salad

Serves  4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Create this sensational couscous salad by rubbing couscous with finely chopped, meaty black olives and fresh, gutsy marjoram. The couscous remains light and fluffy – making a perfect base for the ras-el-hanout-spiced lamb cutlets.



  • 10-12 Coastal Lamb cutlets, frenched
  • 2 tablespoons ras-el-hanout
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup oil (extra virgin olive oil is nice here)
Olive and couscous salad
  • 1½ cups instant couscous
  • 2 oranges
  • 20-24 black olives, stoned
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼-½ cup finely chopped dried apricots or glace quince
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and sale
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar
View the method
  1. In a sealable bag put the lamb cutlets, ras-el-hanout, thyme, garlic and half the oil. Seal the bag and massage well. Set aside to marinade while preparing the salad.
  2. Put the couscous into a large bowl and pour over 1½ cups of boiling water. Stand for 7-10 minutes or until the water has absorbed. Pour over the remaining oil, fluff with a fork and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 1 minute on high and fluff again.
  3. Grate the rind from the oranges. Cut away and discard the white pith and finely slice the flesh. Chop the olives finely. Add to the couscous with the orange rind and rub with your hands to mix well. Add the orange slices, herbs, apricots or quince and honey or sugar and use a fork to gently mix in. Season with pepper.
  4. Arrange the couscous on a serving platter, adding a few salad leaves such as rocket, watercress, baby spinach or torn iceberg leaves if wished.
  5. Pan-fry or barbeque the lamb cutlets over a moderately high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked to medium-rare. For medium, cook for 1 minute on each side. Arrange the cutlets on top of the salad and serve. If wished, serve with a jug of honey cider dressing.

Combine all the spiced and sugar in an airtight jar. Store in a cool dark place.

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