Zaatar Crusted Shishlik with Apple Tahini Sauce

(2018 Pairings Recipe) Tasty lamb kebobs with a fruity tahini sauce.

Zaatar Crusted Shishlik with Apple Tahini Sauce

Total TimeTotal Time: 140 minutes

ServingsServings: 6


2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp kosher salt divided

2 tsp ground black pepper

1-½ cups red onion peeled 34 dice

1-½ cups green bell pepper seeded 34 dice

1-½ cups cherry tomatoes halved

3 Tbsp zaatar

1 tsp chili powder

1 lb lamb leg boneless trimmed 2 cubes

1-½ cups extra virgin olive oil divided

¾ cup fresh lemon juice divided

2 cups DOLE Chef-Ready Cuts Diced Apples thawed

¾ cup tahini paste

¼ cup water

Nutrition Facts


  1. Combine kosher salt, black pepper, zaatar spice, and chili powder In a small mixing bowl and stir to fully incorporate.
  2. Combine lamb leg and mixed spice blend in a medium-sized mixing bowl until the meat is fully coated. Add 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice and toss gently to fully incorporate. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Combine apples, tahini paste, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, water, and remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender. Blend on medium speed until a smooth paste forms. Slowly drizzle extra-virgin olive oil until fully incorporated. Transfer to a medium-sized serving bowl and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F. Using a slotted spoon, remove lamb from Zaatar marinade and space evenly on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Cook lamb legs for 12 minutes, remove from oven and set aside to cool. Preheat grill on highest temperature setting.
  5. Arrange 4 cooked lamb cubes, 4 red onion pieces, 4 green bell pepper pieces, and 4 halved cherry tomatoes on a 10” skewer, in desired sequence. Place skewers on grill and grill on each side for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from grill and place skewers on large plate or serving platter with prepared bowl of apple tahini. Serve immediately.

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