Lamb, Kale, and Pomegranate Salad

Lamb, Kale, and Pomegranate Salad
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Source: The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.

This colorful salad looks as good as it tastes. The addition of lamb lends a “special occasion” feel to this otherwise straightforward dish, while the pomegranate amps up the flavor.

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  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    35 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    3 oz lamb with 1 1/2 cups salad
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    3 oz lamb with 1 1/2 cups salad
  • Amount per serving Calories 380

  • Total Fat 21g
    • Saturated Fat 5.1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 95mg
  • Sodium 240mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 6g
  • Protein 32g
  • Potassium 830mg
  • Phosphorus 295mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Carbohydrate, 2 Nonstarchy vegetable, 4 Lean protein, 2 1/2 Fat



  • pomegranate seeds or sliced red grapes
    1/2 cup
  • fennel bulb (thinly sliced)
  • baby kale
    5 cup
  • olive oil
    1/4 cup
  • pomegranate balsamic vinegar
    2 tbsp
  • Dijon Mustard
    2 tsp
  • leg of lamb (deboned, butterflied, and trimmed of visible fat)
    1 (about 4-lb)
  • black pepper
    1/2 tsp
  • salt
    1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon
    1 tbsp
  • ground ginger
    1 tbsp
  • garlic (chopped)
    3 clove
  • olive oil
    3 tbsp
  • pomegranate juice
    1 1/2 cup
  • fresh green beans (blanched)
    4 cup
  • Gorgonzola cheese
    2 tbsp
  • walnut halves (toasted)
    1/4 cup


  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add lamb and place in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove lamb from marinade, pat dry, and set on tray. On gas grill, turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat until hot, about 15 minutes. Scrape grates clean and brush with oil.

  3. Grill lamb, fat-side down, over medium-high heat for 25–35 minutes total depending on desired doneness, turning halfway through cooking. Aim for an internal temperature of about 145°F for medium-rare and 160°F for medium. Remove from grill and loosely cover with foil. Let rest about 15 minutes, then thinly slice. While resting, prepare salad.

  4. In large bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper (if desired). Add kale, fennel, pomegranate seeds or grapes, and toss to coat. Arrange dressed salad on platter and top with sliced lamb, green beans, gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts.