Grilled Lamb Chops with Pistachio Mint Pesto

These grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto are a fun way to jazz up your Easter dinner. The whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes and is packed full of springtime flavor. Lightly seasoned lamb drizzled with a homemade pesto that is sure to impress even your pickiest of eaters.

These grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto are a fun way to jazz up your Easter dinner. The whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes and is packed full of springtime flavor. Lightly seasoned lamb drizzled with a homemade pesto that is sure to impress even your pickiest of eaters.

It wasn’t until years ago that I realized my true love for lamb. I’m not sure what young Brandy was thinking but lamb is the bomb! Then again young Brandy made a lot of bad food decisions so I should give her a break. There was a point in time I thought the following were acceptable:

  • canned enchiladas
  • pizza rolls (I still might think these are acceptable)
  • fish sticks dipped in yellow mustard
  • homemade orange Julius which consisted of mixing orange juice, vanilla extract and milk
  • pizza Lunchables

Other mistakes I have made? Referring to myself as the 3rd person in a blog post. Gross. Why I do that I will never know. HOWEVER I’m here again to prove to you that grilled lamb is good and you should make it for Easter. Not only does it cook quicker than ham or turkey (do people make turkey on Easter?) it’s packs a BIG bunch of flavor. Especially when you drizzle it all over with homemade pistachio mint pesto. AKA: green delicious sauce.

These grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto are a fun way to jazz up your Easter dinner. The whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes and is packed full of springtime flavor. Lightly seasoned lamb drizzled with a homemade pesto that is sure to impress even your pickiest of eaters.

Even if you’re thinking “ummmm I will not be dipping my lamb in pesto” I’m here to tell you “YES YOU WILL!” Ok, I wouldn’t really tell you what to do BUT it’s fully recommended. It’s a whole new take on that whole lamb with mint jelly business. Oh and you know how I told you it cooks in no time? This whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes!

Did you hear that? ONLY 20 minutes!

Off topic: I know I use a lot of exclamation points in my writing. I can’t help it. Just call me Elaine Benes.  “It was a damp and chilly afternoon, so I decided to put on my sweatshirt!”

These grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto are a fun way to jazz up your Easter dinner. The whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes and is packed full of springtime flavor. Lightly seasoned lamb drizzled with a homemade pesto that is sure to impress even your pickiest of eaters.

Not sure that grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto is your thing? That’s ok! I’ve got lots of yummy lamb recipes that are sure to knock your socks off! Try my Moroccan lamb couscous, grilled marinated lamb or my Greek lamb meatballs.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Pistachio Mint Pesto

These grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto are a fun way to jazz up your Easter dinner. The whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes and is packed full of springtime flavor. Lightly seasoned lamb drizzled with a homemade pesto that is sure to impress even your pickiest of eaters.

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20

Ingredients:

For lamb:

  • 8 lamb chops
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

For pesto:

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Water

Directions:

For lamb:
Preheat grill to medium high heat.

Remove lamb from the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Season with desired amount of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

Add to the grill and cook until each side is browned and has nice grill marks. It should only take about 10 minutes for the lamb chops to cook because you wan't them to still be slightly pink in the middle.

Serve hot with pistachio mint sauce.

For pesto:
In a small food processor add mint, pistachios, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt and black pepper. Chop it a little to start breaking down the nuts and mint. While the food processor is running drizzle in the olive oil and blend until combined.

At this point take off the lid and scrape down the sides. Put the lid back on and drizzle in some water while the processor is running until you have reached your desired consistency. I like my pesto to be a bit thiner so it drizzles nicely and is more "saucy" than a thick sauce.

Note: For serving I grilled up a few lemons and cut up some red onion. Not necessary but makes for a pretty presentation 🙂

These grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pesto are a fun way to jazz up your Easter dinner. The whole dish is ready in just 20 minutes and is packed full of springtime flavor. Lightly seasoned lamb drizzled with a homemade pesto that is sure to impress even your pickiest of eaters.

20 Responses to “Grilled Lamb Chops with Pistachio Mint Pesto”

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    Tori — March 22, 2016 at 6:45 am

    This meal looks unreal! And omg, that PESTO! Someone get me a spooooon!!!

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    David Crowley — March 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

    that is a great looking plate of lamb!

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — March 22, 2016 at 7:39 am

    This post had me laughing out loud! The “home-made Orange Julius!” is just too funny! And the exclamation mark thing… totally guilty of that too. I also add a ton of unnecessary capitalizations for some reason. Loving this lamb recipe. We’re on our own for Easter this year so I am totally making this 20 minute recipe.

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    Christie — March 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Everyone in my family loves lamb including the cat. My 9 yr old would wipe out your entire plate of chops. They are gorgeous.

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    Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet — March 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I’ve never made lamb but you have totally motivated me! This looks delish and your delicious green sauce is gooorgeous!! 🙂

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — March 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This is seriously beyond stunning!

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    Katerina @ Diethood — March 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

    You had me at mint pesto!!! And lamb chops, of course! This looks incredible!

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    Beth (OMG! Yummy) — March 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love lamb – just made it Sunday night with a bread crumb/nut/mustard/jam coating. Also so easy and so good. But I love this pesto – definitely going to give this a try!

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    Tally — March 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Beautiful! These look and sound delicious!

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    heather @french press — March 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    what a stunner!! and I cannot believer that gorgeous meal was ready in 20 minutes

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit — March 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Okay, now how in the world did you come up with this amazing combination! Love this!

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    Laura — March 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Oooh I would drizzle this pesto on just about any grilled meat! It sounds fabulous!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — March 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    You make everything look so easy! Let’s see what my husband says when I serve him this 🙂

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    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie — March 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    What a great looking meal

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — March 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Girrrrl, I’m not going to argue with you about dipping anything in mint pesto! Lamb was made for mint, and this pesto sounds outstanding!

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    Joanie@ZagLeft — March 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

    This is a seriously beautiful dish! It sounds incredible!

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    Serene @ House of Yumm — March 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Loving the colors in this dish! And is sounds amazingly delicious. Plus..I never knew there was such a thing as canned enchiladas..

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    Kaitie — March 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    First off your photos are gorgeous!! also i love love love your recipe! this looks amazing and a great recipe for having guests over!!

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    Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet — March 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Oh my gosh! These look fabulous! Lamb for Easter is a must!

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    Aida@TheCraftingFoodie — March 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    What a gorgeous dish! I love the lamb (I also am a lamb convert), and that pesto looks out of this world. My mouth is totally watering!

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