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13 Best Salads for Lamb Shanks

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As you’re patiently waiting for those lamb shanks to slowly soften so that it will fall off the bone, you need some inspiration for the best salads for lamb shanks. Look no further as we’ve compiled the best side dishes for you!

13 Best Side Dishes for Lamb Shanks

Lamb shank is found in the lower leg of the lamb and is considered to be a cheap cut of meat. The shank is tough and perhaps is the reason why it’s so affordable as it requires patience and time to get it tender enough to eat.

But like any ingredient, we have always managed to find a way to make the most of it and oh my, someone certainly did that. Braise it nice and slow in red wine and herbs as the marrow oozes out and adds to the dish. The result is meat so tender you don’t even need a knife.

Lamb shanks make for a fantastic dinner party main course but it is extremely rich in flavour and considered to be a little fatty. To counterbalance this richness, serve it with a salad that will help you cleanse your palate in between bites or give you some relief from all the strong flavours.

Here are some of our best salads for lamb shanks. From sweet mango to the hearty potatoes, we have a suitable side salad for you.

Tropical Mango Salad with Coconut Flakes

Tropical Mango Salad with Coconut Flakes


Sweet golden mangoes matched perfectly with roasted coconut flakes, crunchy red cabbage, fresh mint and salty peanuts with a tangy lime and fish sauce dressing.

A vibrant and healthy mango recipe that is punchy and with a whole lot of tropical vibes. Truly one of the best salads for lamb shanks.

Roasted Tamari Seeds with Lettuce Salad

Tamari Seeds and Baby Gem Lettuce Salad


Would you like to create a piece of salad artwork in just 20 minutes flat? Yup, that would make the best salad for lamb shanks considering the amount of time that has already gone into the main dish.

We’ll show you how to do exactly that when you combine the crispness of the baby gem lettuce, the splatter of the tar-like black tahini and the ever so umami tamari seeds.

Watermelon and Granny Smith Apple Salad

Watermelon and Apple Salad with Tamari Lime Dressing


A quick salad that is super vibrant salad with sweet watermelon, and apple, fresh herbs and buttery pine nuts.

The savoury tamari lime dressing adds depth and amplifies the sweetness of the salad, making it deliciously perfect lamb shank dinner parties!

Egg Salad with Dill and Rocket

Egg Salad with Dill and Rocket


A new twist on the classic Egg Salad with dill and rocket mingled together with tangy dill salad dressing that creates creamy magic on a plate.

Roasted Beetroot Salad with Tangelo and Pine Nuts

Tangelo Salad with Roasted Beetroot


Fresh and vibrant Tangelo Salad perfect for rich and tender lamb shank meals.

We love how the juicy sweet tangelo, crunchy radishes and creamy pine nuts complement the earthy sweet roasted beetroots perfectly.

Red Quinoa Parsley Salad

Red Quinoa Parsley Salad


This Quinoa Parsley Salad pays homage to the classic tabbouleh. A salad that is both refreshing, familiar and an excellent palate cleanser in between mouthfuls of delectable lamb shanks.

Risoni, Asparagus and Edamame Salad

Edamame Pasta Salad with Asparagus


It’s the simplest of tastes that sometimes commands the most attention. This Edamame Pasta Salad makes for a wonderful companion for rich flavoured meals.

It’s the best salad for lamb shanks because it is so understated while the risoni is great for mopping up all those meaty juices.

Celeriac Mango and Guava Salad

Celeriac Mango and Guava Salad


Who would have thought a knobby, ugly root vegetable, sweet tropical fruits and a nasal clearing infused dressing could be so good?

This Guava Salad is no simple flavour combination and you’ll be surprised how fantastic it tastes!

Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar Halloumi And Pomegranate

Pearl Couscous and Pomegranate Salad


A nod to Middle Eastern flavours with this delicious salad that is super light to eat but packs an earthy punch.

This Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar halloumi and sweet pomegranate makes a perfect side salad for lamb shanks.

Artichoke and Potato Salad with Creme Fraiche

Artichoke and Potato Salad with Creme Fraiche


Pan fried potatoes mingled with tangy marinated artichokes and crispy maple glazed pancetta, all tossed together with a tangy creme fraiche dressing.

Lamb shanks and potatoes, comfort food heaven.

Chilli Charred Corn and Red Papaya Salsa

Red Papaya Salad with Chilli Charred Corn


Eye catching Red Papaya Salad with a hit of chilli that revitalises the taste buds. Using baby gem lettuce instead of corn chips to scoop up the refreshing salad with charred corn.

This recipe makes a delicious salad starter to your slow cooked, fork tender lamb shanks.

Tricolour Quinoa Salad with Roast Vegetables

Tricolour Quinoa Salad with Roast Vegetables


Deliciously sweet roasted baby peppers, caramelised eggplant and tangy lemon mingled in with nutty tricolour quinoa and a zingy lemon garlic dressing.

A colourful quinoa recipe that would shine at any dinner party.

Bresaola, Charred Fennel and Orange Salad with Burrata

Charred Fennel Salad with Bresaola


The combination of salty bresaola, anise-like fennel and orange citrus sweetness, makes this salad a crowd pleaser.

This Charred Fennel Salad with the stunning look of the burrata will definitely get the oohs and ahhs from your guests! It just may even outshine those lamb shanks!

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