Easter Eats: Grilled Lambsicles with Mint Pesto

Jennifer Spaide

Jennifer Spaide of Simplicious is constantly coming up with elaborate menus for her holiday celebrations that put my cooking to shame. When she tweeted about this one, I simply had to have the recipe. Grilled Lamb Chops are one of my favorite dishes, and when paired with this healthy and light Mint Pesto, they become the perfect Easter entree. Enjoy this beautiful dish. Happy holidays!

Grilled Lambsicles with Mint Pesto

1 lb lamb chops (4-6 chops)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp lemon zest 

¼ cup parsley, chopped

¼ cup mint leaves, chopped 

2 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp each salt & pepper 

Combine the garlic, zest, herbs, oil, salt and pepper.  Schmear (yes, that’s a technical term) the lamb chops with the herb rub and let sit 10-30 minutes to marinade.  Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  When ready, grill the lamb chops 3-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness of cute, until desired level of doneness.  Serve with mint pesto… 


Mint Pesto  

½ cup packed parsley 

2 cups packed mint leaves

3 tbsp lemon juice 

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted*

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese 

3 tbsp light oil 

1 tbsp agave nectar 

Salt & pepper to taste 

Water as needed


Combine first seven ingredients in a food processor and puree.  Add water, a couple tablespoons at a time if you want a thinner pesto.