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Beef/Pork/Lamb, Summer |420 calories per serving|65 minute recipe

Vegetable and Lamb Kabobs

This content was last updated on February 25, 2020

Our Vegetable Lamb Kabobs are brimming with colorful peppers, tomatoes, squash, and a three-ounce portion of lean lamb chunks. These kabobs align with AICR’s recommendations to eat a variety of vegetables and limit red meat. An easy-to-make, versatile marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, herbs and garlic infuses the kabobs with zing and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Fire up the grill to enjoy the appetizing whiffs of these mouthwatering, charbroiled beauties.


  • 4 wooden or metal skewers
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh marjoram or 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2-3 medium lemons)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. leg of lamb, fat trimmed and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium red onion cut into quarters, separated into 8 (2-3-layer) chunks
  • 1 large green bell pepper cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 medium yellow squash cut into 12 slices
  • 8 cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato cut into 8 wedges
  • Canola oil cooking spray
Makes 4 servings (1 kabob). Per serving: 420 calories, 33 g total fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 9 g carbohydrates, 26 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 370 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. If using wooden skewers, soak these in water for 10-30 minutes.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine parsley, garlic, marjoram, thyme, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Remove ¼ cup marinade, put in small bowl, cover and refrigerate. Use for brushing kabobs while cooking later.
  3. To mixing bowl, add lamb and combine with remaining marinade. Cover bowl and refrigerate lamb for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  4. On each skewer, arrange 2 chunks onion, 2 pieces bell pepper, 3 pieces squash, 2 tomatoes, and 4 pieces lamb in desired pattern. For pretty pattern use this order on skewer: squash, pepper, lamb, onion, tomato, lamb, squash, lamb, tomato, onion, lamb, pepper, squash. Discard used lamb marinade. Brush kabobs liberally with reserved marinade.
  5. If grilling, prepare grill and preheat on medium high. If cooking in oven, set top rack to second rung (at least six inches from broiler) and turn on broiler. Prepare broiler pan with cooking spray.
  6. Cook kabobs uncovered 6-8 minutes on each side. Before turning, brush kabobs with reserved marinade. Use meat thermometer to test for desired doneness: medium-rare is 145 degrees F, medium is 160 degrees F and well done is 170 degrees F.
  7. Serve kabobs with Radish and Cucumber Raita or plain Greek yogurt mixed with fresh herbs such as mint or dill.


If fresh herbs are not available you can substitute 1 Tbsp. minced fresh marjoram for 1 tsp. dried marjoram and 1 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme for 1 tsp. dried thyme.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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