Asian lamb & grapefruit noodle salad with ginger dressing

A vibrant Asian-style salad with citrus flavours, fried shallots, seared lamb, herbs and light noodles

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 6
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 331
  • fat 12g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 38g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 15g
  • salt 1.1g


  • vegetable or sunflower oil, for frying, plus a drizzle
  • 3 banana shallots, thinly sliced then divided into rings
  • 3 lamb leg steaks (about 400g in total), fat trimmed
  • 2 large pink grapefruits
  • 1 cucumber, peeled into ribbons with a vegetable peeler, centre discarded
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • small bunch mint, leaves picked
  • small bunch coriander, leaves picked
  • 200g rice noodles, cooked following pack instructions
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil


  1. Heat enough oil in a medium saucepan to come halfway up the sides. Test if the oil is hot enough by dropping in a ring of shallot; it should sizzle and brown within about 30 secs. Fry the shallots in batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper, season with salt and set aside.

  2. Heat a large frying pan until hot. Rub the lamb with a little oil and some seasoning. Cook for 2-3 mins on each side for medium (depending on the thickness of the lamb), then transfer to a plate, loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for 5-10 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, cut away the peel from the grapefruits using a small fruit knife, then cut into segments catching the juices over a large bowl. Add the segments to the bowl along with the dressing ingredients and gently mix. Add the cucumber, chilli, herbs, noodles and any resting juices from the lamb. Toss everything together, making sure all the ingredients are coated in the dressing, then pile onto a serving plate. Cut the lamb into thin slices and place on top of the salad, scatter over the shallots and serve straight away.

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