Main Dishes, Soups and Salads

Spinach and Feta Chicken Meatballs over Greek Salad

I love going to Greek restaurants and ordering a Greek salad with grilled chicken…and maybe a large plate of pita bread. This salad is a variation to the Greek salads that I love so much. Ground chicken is combined with spinach, feta cheese, and lots of seasonings, formed into meatballs, and baked. These meatballs are then placed on a delicious salad with some feta cheese and tangy Yogurt sauce. This would be great with some pita bread on the side but is definitely hearty enough on its own. Super healthy, and super delicious!

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:
1 lb. lean ground chicken
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated onion
½ cup chopped spinach (thawed, drained, and squeezed dry)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. fresh mint or parsley
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup feta cheese
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
Cooking spray

For the yogurt sauce:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. fresh mint or parsley
1 tsp. fresh dill
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice from half a lemon
A pinch of salt and pepper

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Chopped romaine lettuce
Chopped tomato
Chopped cucumber
Sliced red onion
Feta cheese crumbles

Directions:

Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a medium-size bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients. Mix with your hands just until combined. Form into balls approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Place the meatballs about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in the center.

Step 3: Assemble the salads! Whisk the oil and vinegar and toss with the lettuce. Place the dressed lettuce on each plate or bowl, then top with tomato, cucumber, onion, and feta cheese.  Top with a few of the meatballs and some yogurt sauce (however much or little you like).

Enjoy!

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