Turkey meatball Caesar salad

Turkey meatball Caesar salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4

Try a fresh and healthy spin on the classic salad by using lean turkey mince rolled into patties and served with a buttermilk dressing

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  • 500g pack lean minced turkey see tip, below
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • small pack chives snipped
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 tbsp grated pecorino or Parmesan, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 2 shakes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small ciabatta roll, chopped or torn into chunks
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 Cos lettuces

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  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 6. In a bowl, mix the mince, onion, half the chives, 1 tbsp of the buttermilk, the garlic, 2 tbsp of the Parmesan, half the Tabasco and half the Worcestershire sauce with some seasoning. Shape into about 20 small meatballs (lightly oiled hands will make this easier).
  2. Arrange the turkey balls in a single layer in a roasting tin and cook for 10 mins. Remove, turn the turkey balls and arrange the bread chunks in between. Cook for a further 10 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, tip the rest of the buttermilk into a bowl with the remaining Parmesan, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and the lemon juice. Season and mix. Put the lettuce on top, toss together just before serving and divide between plates. Top with some meatballs and baked croutons, then sprinkle with chives. Serve with extra Parmesan, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2013

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bowlofcustard's picture
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The turkey balls were reeeeeeaaaaaalllllly dry, and actually quite hard to eat. Maybe it would be a little more calorific and fattening, but I would rather have it with chicken breast. The dressing was nice, though.

peterandjane96's picture
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I meant but satisfying!!

peterandjane96's picture
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Very delicious salad, healthy bit satisfying. I mixed in some crushed crackers to make the meatballs more juicy. Dressing was a bit sour with lemon and buttermilk so I added more grated parmesan, a few good dashes of fish sauce and a teaspoon of mayonnaise. Tasted very caesar salad like without adding too many more calories.

majachsa's picture

Tasty and enjoyable. The turkey was a bit dry but I like it that way