Grilled Lamb Chops With Lettuce and Ranch Dressing

Grilled Lamb Chops With Lettuce and Ranch Dressing

Cooking lamb chops hot and fast keeps them juicy and perfectly pink inside. Here, they’re first marinated in an herby garlic paste, then grilled or broiled and served with crisp lettuce hearts and a tangy ranch dressing (made from more of that same herb garlic paste). Quick and easy enough for a weeknight, these chops are also always an impressive meal to serve to guests. You’ll probably have some ranch dressing left over. It will keep for a week in the fridge and is also excellent as a sauce for grilled chicken, or as a dip for vegetables and crackers.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a blender or mini food processor, combine half the scallions, the herbs, 2 tablespoons olive oil, a pinch of salt and a lot of pepper. Blend until you get a rough paste, scraping down the sides of the blender with a spatula as needed. (It’s not a lot of liquid so you may need to stop the blender a few times to scrape the sides.)
  2. Step 2

    Transfer 2 1/2 tablespoons of the herb mix to a small bowl. Mix in about two-thirds of the grated garlic (2 cloves) and the Worcestershire, and set it aside.
  3. Step 3

    To the blender, add the remaining garlic, the mayonnaise, buttermilk and the juice of 1 lemon wedge, and purée until the mixture is quite smooth. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice, as needed. Store dressing in the refrigerator until serving.
  4. Step 4

    Season lamb chops all over with salt, then rub them with the reserved herb paste. Refrigerate the chops for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  5. Step 5

    Light the grill to high heat. (If broiling, set a rack 4-inches away from the heat source and heat your broiler to high.) Drizzle chops with a little oil, then grill or broil until done to taste, 2 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  6. Step 6

    To serve, put the lettuce hearts on a platter, drizzle with ranch dressing, and top with sliced radishes and scallion. Serve along with the lamb chops and more ranch dressing and lemon wedges on the side.