Grilled Blade Chops over Greek Salad

June 30, 2009
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This is my version of a recipe we had on the menu at the restaurant I used to work at. I think this is a great summer meal, and tastes best when grilled outside! Allowing the salad to marinate while you cook the chops really lets the flavors of the vegetables shine through. I like my salads to be a touch aggressive with the vinegar, as the fat of the lamb eventually mixes with it, rounding it out, rather than dampening the flavor. Any feta will do here (although a mildly creamy Bulgarian feta is especially nice), but please do buy block feta and crumble it rather than buying the pre-crumbled stuff. It tastes so much better. And serve this with a little grilled pita, and you've got a great one dish meal! —Helen

Test Kitchen Notes

If you have never cooked lamb blade chops before, here's your excuse to go out and buy some. This dish is simple, lush and fresh: summer grilling at its finest. Helen advises "aggressive" seasoning throughout, and we heartily agree -- the right amount of salt and pepper will make this sing. And you will be similarly rewarded if you put together the Greek salad about an hour ahead of time, allowing the vegetables time to release some of their own juices into the dressing. We used about 1/2 cup sliced red onion (more would overwhelm the other salad ingredients) and added 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. - A&M —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • The Greek Salad
  • 1 large, ripe tomato
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon capers (rinsed if salt packed)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 green pepper (or red. or yellow.)
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 4 stuffed grape leaves
  • 1 dash kosher salt
  • 1 dash finely ground black pepper
  • 1 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • Lamb
  • 2 lamb blade chops
  • 1 dash dried oregano
  • 1 dash ground coriander
  • 1 dash kosher salt
  • 1 dash coarsely ground black pepper. more like sand than like powder.
  1. The Greek Salad
  2. Dice the tomato, cucumber, and pepper into bite sized pieces. Thinly slice the red onion. Toss together with capers and olives, a pinch of dried oregano (but don't over do it, it gets overwhelming quickly), aggressively season with salt and pepper, and dress with olive oil and red wine vinegar to taste. Allow to sit at room temperature while you cook the lamb.
  1. Lamb
  2. 20 minutes before you want to grill, pull the chops out of the fridge. Season aggressively with salt and pepper, and generously with dried oregano and ground coriander on both sides. Really press it in. Grill over a medium-high heat until nicely charred on the outside, and delightfully pink on the inside. The meat should feel tender but not soft.
  3. Divide the salad between two plates, add two stuffed grape leaves to each. Crumble half the feta over each plate. Place the hot-from-the-grill lamb over the salad, and drizzle the whole plate with high quality olive oil to finish. Enjoy!
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4 Reviews

Trish July 10, 2016
This is our new favorite summer grilled meal! It is fantastic! This recipe needs to be featured in one of your upcoming emails. I found it in your original cookbook. I've made this for as many as 10 people, just needed to increase the amounts. Make this recipe!!!
Sandrala September 25, 2012
what is the ratio of oil to vinegar or what are the measurments?
Trish July 10, 2016
This recipe is in the original Food52 cookbook. It lists 2TBS red wine vinegar to 3 TBS olive oil.
lastnightsdinner May 15, 2010
I keep forgetting to add a comment here, but Helen, we made this for dinner last Friday and it absolutely ROCKS. We love blade chops anyway (an underappreciated cut for sure), but the rub is fantastic, and in combination with the salad they are pure win. We'll be making this often in the summer when our local tomatoes, cukes, and peppers are in season. Thanks for a great dish!