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03/29/2012 02:26 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Succulent roast lamb with spicy salsa perfect for Easter celebration

A meal that truly celebrates spring flavours, this recipe combines an intricately spiced, succulent lamb leg with a refreshing walnut salsa.

Perfect for an Easter gathering, this meal is sure to please every appetite at the table.

Roasted Lamb

30 ml (2 tbsp) Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil

30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh rosemary, chopped

1 kg (2 lb) boneless leg of lamb

Walnut Salsa

75 ml (1/3 cup) walnut oil

60 ml (4 tbsp) capers, rinsed and chopped

6 anchovy fillets, minced

125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped parsley

125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped fresh mint

15 ml (1 tbsp) green peppercorns in brine, drained and minced

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

250 ml (1 cup) walnut pieces, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 190 C (375 F).

In a small bowl, stir together Dijon, garlic, olive oil and rosemary.

Place lamb in a roasting pan and rub marinade over entire surface of the lamb.

Roast lamb on the centre oven rack for 60 to 90 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 52 C (125 F) at the thickest point for medium rare. Roast longer for desired doneness.

Let lamb rest for 30 minutes before slicing.

Walnut Salsa: In a medium bowl, combine walnut oil, capers, anchovy fillets, parsley, mint, peppercorns, lemon juice and zest and walnut pieces; spoon over lamb slices.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 552 calories; 28 g protein; 47 g fat (11 g saturated fat); 6 g carbohydrate; 2 g fibre; 96 mg cholesterol; 544 mg sodium.

Source: California Walnuts, walnutinfo.com.