Greek Meatballs with Mediterranean Quinoa

Greek Meatballs with Mediterranean Quinoa

We love making meatballs because they can be meal prepped in advance for the week ahead and so are great for those super busy weeks. We also love them because they are so versatile. Meatballs can make a great appetizer or main dish served over a bed of greens, zucchini noodles, or a grain salad.

This Mediterranean quinoa salad is such a bright and refreshing summer salad. Quinoa is a great source of plant-based protein and fiber. You can cook this recipe on its own or pair it with the Greek meatballs.

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Greek Meatballs with Mediterranean Quinoa

Bowls, Quinoa, Turkey, Greek, Summer, Dinner

We love making meatballs because they can be meal prepped in advance for the week ahead and so are great for those super busy weeks. We also love them because they are so versatile. Meatballs can make a great appetizer or main dish served over a bed of greens, zucchini noodles, or a grain salad like this Mediterranean quinoa salad.

  • Author: Claire Virga
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Greek

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sprinkle of whole wheat panko or up to 1/4 cup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Mediterranean Quinoa

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, diced
  • 1/4 cup of kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Feta sprinkles (optional)
  • Spring mix or arugula

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, place all meatball ingredients except ground turkey and mix well.  Add turkey and mix well. Use a tablespoon as a scoop to form into meatballs and roll in hands. Place on plate.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick olive oil cooking spray. Drop the balls into the pan and use a spatula to slightly flatten top. Cook meatballs 5-7 minutes, turning a couple of times until golden brown. Set aside
  3. Toss all of the quinoa salad ingredients in a bowl and adjust seasonings to taste.
  4. Divide Mediterranean quinoa into 4 bowls, place favorite salad greens next to quinoa and top with meatballs and a dollop of feta fire dip. Enjoy! 

 

Keywords: Dinner, Bowls, Side Dish, Turkey, Meatballs, Summer, Greek

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