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Sweet and Sour Lamb Rack Salad

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

25 minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

Embark on a culinary adventure with this Sweet and Sour Lamb Rack Salad, where the rich, succulent flavors of lamb meet the fresh vibrancy of a well-curated salad. This dish harmoniously blends the aromatic depth of bay leaves and the smoky sweetness of char-grilled caramelized onions with the freshness of greens and the tartness of raspberries. Finished with a light drizzle of olive oil, this salad is a testament to the beauty of combining contrasting flavors and textures. Whether you're looking to impress at a dinner party or indulge in a gourmet meal at home, this lamb rack salad is sure to captivate your palate.


For the Lamb Rack:
  • 1 lamb rack (about 8 ribs)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 bay leaves

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (for marinade)

  • 2 tablespoons honey (for marinade)

For the Char-Grilled Caramelized Onions:
  • 2 large onions, sliced into rings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • Salt to taste

For the Salad:
  • Mixed salad greens (such as arugula, spinach, and romaine)

  • A handful of raspberries (for garnish)

  • A light drizzle of olive oil (for garnish)

  • Optional: feta cheese or goat cheese, crumbled


Step 1: Marinate the Lamb Rack

Mix balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Rub the lamb rack with olive oil and then coat it with the marinade. Place bay leaves around the lamb. Cover and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for enhanced flavor.

Step 2: Prepare the Lamb Rack

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Remove the lamb from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Place the lamb rack in a roasting pan, ensuring the bay leaves are under the meat. Roast for 20-25 minutes for medium-rare, or until desired doneness. Let it rest for 10 minutes, then slice between the ribs.

Step 3: Char-Grill the Onions

While the lamb is resting, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Toss the onion rings with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Grill the onions until they are charred and caramelized, about 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally.

Step 4: Assemble the Salad

Arrange the mixed salad greens on a large platter. Scatter the char-grilled caramelized onions over the greens. Place the lamb rack slices atop the salad. Garnish with raspberries and, if desired, crumbled feta or goat cheese.

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

Finish the salad with a light drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately, offering a unique blend of sweet, sour, and savory elements in each bite.

Chef's Notes:

  • Marinating the Lamb: The longer the lamb marinates, the more flavorful and tender it will be. Overnight marination is recommended for the best result.

  • Lamb Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the lamb is cooked to your preference: 125°F (52°C) for rare, 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare, and 145°F (63°C) for medium.

  • Serving Suggestion: This salad pairs beautifully with a light, crisp white wine or a fruity rosé that can complement the sweet and sour notes of the dish.

  • Additional Garnishes: For extra texture and flavor, consider adding toasted nuts or seeds, such as pine nuts or pumpkin seeds, to the salad.


This Sweet and Sour Lamb Rack Salad is a celebration of flavors and textures, offering a gourmet dining experience that's both satisfying and visually stunning. The combination of tender lamb, smoky onions, and tart raspberries, all brought together with a hint of olive oil, creates a dish that's sure to impress and delight. Enjoy the process of crafting this exquisite salad and the pleasure of sharing it with those you love.

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