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Lamb Meatballs with Tomato-Cucumber Salad
15 mins
12 mins
27 mins

You can also use this recipe to impress your guests over the holidays. Make the cashew “yogurt” at least one day before you plan to serve the dish because it must stand at room temperature for several hours to allow the cashew to ferment like real yogurt. After it sits at room temperature, you can...

Course: Dinners + Mains, Light Meal
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: American, Dinners + Mains, Light Meal, Mediterranean
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Paleo
Servings: 4
Calories: 531 kcal
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup parsley loosely packed, fresh leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup min loosely packed, fresh leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs oregano leaves only, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ground in a spice grinder
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 cucumber peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • dill fresh, a sprinkle, for garnish (optional)
  1. To make the cashew “yogurt,” combine the cashews, lemon juice, and 6 tablespoons filtered water in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute; add more water as needed to achieve a yogurt-like consistency. Pour the mixture into a glass container, cover, and let stand at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours, then refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Drizzle a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

  3. To make the meatballs, in a medium bowl, combine the lamb, parsley, mint, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, and chia seeds. Mix well. Form the mixture into 12 evenly sized balls and place them in the prepared baking dish. Bake until firm, 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. To make the salad, in a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, and scallions. Drizzle with the vinegar and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and toss well.

  5. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Place 3 meatballs alongside the salad on each plate, drizzle generously with cashew “yogurt,” sprinkle on some fresh dill, if using, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Lamb Meatballs with Tomato-Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 826mg24%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1498IU30%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.