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Greek Meatball Salad

Greek Meatball Salad is a turkey meatball flavored with greek seasonings and served in a salad with tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki sauce is a cucumber and sour cream based sauce, thinned out to become a salad dressing.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: croutons, cucumber, greek meatball salad, improv cooking challenge, sour cream, tomatoes, turkey meatballs, tzatziki sauce
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 553kcal
Author: NicholeL

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup bread crumbs Panko or bread crumbs is fine
  • 2 large eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano or dried
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley or dried
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Tzatziki Sauce: 

  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream
  • cup cucumber finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice of ½ a lemon about 1 ½ tbsp
  • 2 tablespoon good quality olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups lettuce of your choice
  • 1 cup cucumber diced or chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • croutons optional

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  • Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, lemon zest, garlic, cumin, oregano, parsley, mint, salt and pepper together into a bowl.
  • Form into 16-20 meatballs, about a tablespoon size each.
  • To Bake: preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with foil. Place a cooling rack on top and spray with non stick. Place the meatballs on top and bake for 18-20 minutes. To Air Fry: add the meatballs to your air fryer, set at 380 degrees for 12-14 minutes. To Pan Fry: add a little olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat and cook the meatballs, turning to get browned on all sides for 3-4 minutes each side.

For the Sauce:

  • Combine the Greek yogurt (or sour cream), cucumber, lemon juice, olive oil and fresh herbs together in a small bowl.
  • Whisk until combined and adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before serving.

For the Salad:

  • Divide the lettuce into 4 bowls, then divide the cucumber and grape tomatoes among them.
  • Add 4-5 meatballs per bowl and drizzle the tzatziki sauce on top.
  • Garnish with croutons.

Notes

Dried herbs can be used in the tzatziki sauce instead of fresh. Start with 1 teaspoon of each and add more, according to your tastes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1- 1 ½ cups | Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 39.8g | Fat: 35.4g | Saturated Fat: 11.6g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 343mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 4g