Herb crusted rack of lamb with fresh pasta salad

Recipes 30/08/2018

Rack of lamb and potato salad – what could be more New Zulund than that? Herb crusted rack of lamb with a side of pesto and roast balsamic tomato pasta salad is a great combination sure to impress your guests.

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes  


For the Lamb

  • 4 Racks of Lamb – frenched, trimmed (we love Pure NZ Lamb)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (we love Diamond)
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley – finely chopped (we love Superb Herb)
  • A handful of mint – finely chopped (we love Superb Herb)
  • A handful of rosemary – finely chopped  (we love Superb Herb)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil (we love Olivado)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard (we love Delmaine)

For the Pasta Salad

  • 450g pack vegetable spirals (we love Diamond)
  • 1 pot Fresh basil pesto (we love Delmaine)
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 punnet vine cherry tomatos (we love Beekist)
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Glaze (we love Delmaine)
  • 1 tbsp Honey (we love Mother Earth)
  • A handful of basil (we love Superb Herb)


  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions – drain and rinse under cool water. Set aside.
  2. Stir together bread crumbs, parsley, mint, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a bowl, then drizzle with oil and toss until combined well.
  3. Preheat oven to 200C
  4. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown lamb 1 rack at a time, turning once, about 4 minutes per rack. Transfer to a roasting pan, arranging fatty sides up.
  5. Spread fatty sides of each rack with 2 teaspoons mustard. Divide bread crumb mixture into 3 portions and pat each portion over mustard coating on each rack, gently pressing to stick.
  6. Roast lamb for roughly 20 minutes or until thermometer inserted diagonally 2 inches into center (do not touch bone) registers 55C (for medium-rare), and transfer to a cutting board. Rest for at least 10 minutes then cut into chops.
  7. Place the tomatoes on a deep baking tray and drizzle with balsamic, olive oil.

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