Lamb Kebabs with Spicy Greens Tabbouleh


  • 2 pounds ground lamb or ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 cups flat leaf parsley, chopped, divided
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves (a generous handful), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin (about 2/3 palmful)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon and juice of 3 lemons, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup cracked bulgur wheat, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 cup arugula, finely chopped
  • 2 plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Pita or other flatbreads, to pass around the table


Position a rack in the upper part of the oven and pre-heat the broiler.

In a large bowl, combine the lamb, 1/4 cup parsley, mint, onion, two-thirds of the garlic, tomato paste, coriander, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and lemon peel; season with salt and lots of pepper. Divide the meat mixture into four equal sections. Mold the meat in the shape of a log around four skewers. Drizzle with a little EVOO and place on a broiler pan. Broil the meat, turning once, for about 12 minutes.

In another large bowl, combine the cooked bulgur, red onion, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, the remaining garlic, the remaining 1 cup parsley and two-thirds of the lemon juice. Dress with 1/4 cup EVOO; season with salt and pepper.

In a small serving bowl, mix the tahini with about 3 tablespoons water. Stir in the yogurt.

Douse the kebabs with the remaining lemon juice. Slide the meat off the skewers and cut each log lengthwise into thirds. Pass the meat, tabbouleh salad, yogurt sauce and pitas around the table.

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