A lovely lamb dinner should be complemented with more than just plainly steamed veg to set it off. These sides are light and deliciously different

Roast leg of lamb can be elevated to a mouth-watering spring lunch with some imaginative accompaniments. We have ideas for new ways of cooking vegetables, using citrus fruits, garlic, bacon and mustard to transform your Sunday lunch.

 

1. Dijon glazed carrots

Tender baby Chantenay carrots are delicious steamed and served with butter, but when you toss them in a sticky-sweet Dijon mustard glaze to finish, they’re extra-special. See recipe for Dijon glazed carrots

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2. Herby new potatoes

New potatoes are a treat at any time, but they’re transformed when roasted with rosemary and black pepper. Finished with fresh herbs to serve, you’ll want to cook them this way more often. See recipe for Herby new potatoes. See recipe for Herby new potatoes

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3. Zesty spring greens

A quartet of spring treats – broad beans, asparagus, baby courgettes and peas – are tossed with lemon and seasoning, then garnished with butter and almonds for a luxurious addition to roast lamb. See recipe for Zesty spring greens

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4. Roasted baby leeks with bacon

Roasting leeks gives them a delicious caramel flavour. In this recipe, garlic, rosemary, wine and smoky bacon turn them into a substantial side, and crispy croutons add a welcome crunch. See recipe for Roasted baby leeks with bacon

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5. Peas with pancetta

Four ingredients are all you need to make this wonderfully savoury side. Peas and crispy pancetta complement each other perfectly and the garlic adds another flavour dimension that goes brilliantly with lamb. See recipe for Peas with pancetta

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6. Roast courgettes with lemon

Courgettes become more flavoursome with roasting. Here, they’re dressed with lemon juice and olive oil to make a lovely Mediterranean-style side dish. See recipe for Roast courgettes with lemon

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7. Roasted garlic & clementine carrots

It may sound like an unlikely pairing, but citrus and garlic work so well together.  When you cook them with sweet Chantenay carrots, the result is even more delicious. See recipe for Roasted garlic & clementine carrots

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8. Roasted butternut squash

Butternut squash is one of those vegetables that takes on a moreish sweetness when roasted. Adding garlic and parsley makes them the ideal accompaniment to any lamb dish.  See recipe for Roasted butternut squash

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