Turkey meatball Caesar salad

Turkey meatball Caesar salad

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(3 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal330
  • fat8g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein43g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 500g pack lean minced turkey see tip, below



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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • small pack chives snipped
  • 125ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 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


  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.

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29th Aug, 2014
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.
27th Sep, 2013
I meant but satisfying!!
27th Sep, 2013
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.
25th Sep, 2013
Tasty and enjoyable. The turkey was a bit dry but I like it that way
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