Forty percent of the ingredients in this recipe do double duty: half of the onions, herbs, and cumin go into the lamb mixture, and half go into the salad or vinaigrette. It’s a little something we call #smartcooking. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you’ll need:

½ cup bulgur wheat 1 small red onion 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp whole cumin seeds 1 clove garlic 12 oz ground lamb fresh parsley fresh cilantro 6 oz green leaf lettuce 7 oz Greek yogurt ½ oz roasted salted pistachios coarse salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil


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Recipe steps:

  1. Soak bulgur

Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add bulgur, ½ teaspoon salt, and set aside until tender, 15 minutes; drain excess water. Trim onion, peel, and halve. Thinly slice half of onion and place in a large bowl with vinegar. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt; stir occasionally.

  1. Toast cumin seeds

Place cumin in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until fragrant and slightly darker, 1 minute. Transfer to a cutting board and chop. Add half of chopped cumin to marinating onions.

  1. Prep onion

Grate remaining half of onion into a large bowl and add remaining cumin. Finely grate garlic into bowl, add lamb, and 1 teaspoon salt. Pick parsley and cilantro from stems. Chop half of herbs and add to lamb mixture. Reserve remaining herbs.

  1. Cook kefta

Using a fork, mix lamb until evenly combined. Divide meat into 6 3-inch sausage shapes. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add kefta and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  1. Finish vinaigrette

Whisk 3 tablespoons oil into marinating onions; season with pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt. Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces and add to dressing along with remaining cilantro and parsley leaves; toss to combine.

  1. Serve

Season yogurt with salt and pepper. Roughly chop pistachios and break kefta into pieces. Divide yogurt between 2 plates, spreading to cover most of the bottom, and top with bulgur, salad, kefta and pistachios. Enjoy!