Easy Lamb Meatball Salad

May 10, 2018Sew White

This delicious and Easy Lamb Meatball Salad is a perfect summer dish. Marvellous hot and minty meatballs, fresh salad with roasted tomatoes and mozzarella.

Meatballs with tomato salad

I first made this delicious combo when I made way too many meatballs one evening and decided to save them for the next to make a salad. Having meatballs with tomato salad is a really easy to make a salad a bit more exciting. The tomato salad is rich and earthy, especially with the chopped up parsley. The lamb meatballs have a great herb and spice flavour which compliment the salad so well. A light drizzle of lemon and olive oil over adds that citrus which unites it all together in a delicious way.

Lamb Meatballs

After trying these meatballs with different meats including pork and beef. Sometimes I’ve done a 50/50 mix of pork and beef if I’m making them more pasta sauces (also removing some of the spices and replacing them more oregano and Mediterranean herbs). However for a salad the lamb meatballs have my vote. The lamb makes them lighter and I think are nicer for summer dishes and for lunches if you have them for lunch boxes.

The finished Lamb Meatball Salad

Salad to go with Meatballs

You don’t need an extravagant salad to go with meatballs. This simple lettuce and roast tomato salad works perfectly. The tomatoes are roasted enough to release a lot of delicious flavour. They are oily in a lovely way the citrus drizzle cuts through to create a delicious combination. I think the Easy Lamb Meatball Salad has to be one of my all time favourite meals.

Lamb Mince Meatballs

I used lamb mince to make these meatballs. It often isn’t available in our supermarket – either it’s popular that everyone buys it or they don’t ever have many packages. If I see them I tend to 2 packs – one for the meatballs and one for the freezer.

Freezer lamb meatballs

Lamb mince freezes and defrosts really well. You can also make a large batch of these meatballs and freeze them before you cook them. When you take them out to defrost leave them for a few hours until soft and defrosted all the way through then cool. Don’t refreeze.

Making Lamb Meatball Salad

These family favourites are a great dinner no matter what time of year. It’s also a fabulous thing to make a bulk of and pop in the freezer. I use lamb mince, garlic, dried mint, cumin, oregano and a little salt and pepper. Mix it all together and form balls. I tend to squash them a little so they cook easier.

Lamb mince salad

how to make Lamb Meatballs for the freezer

I tend to make my meatballs about a bitesize. Normally about half a tablespoon worth of mix.

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

My new kitchen gadget which is getting so much use during this brilliant heatwave, is the OXO Good Grips lettuce spinner. I always thought I wouldn’t really need one but once you get it and if you, like me, prefer getting a big lettuce and cutting it up rather than buying a bag of salad leaves then it’s so useful. It’s so quick and I was amazed at the amount of water that you can spin out.

The base bowl that the spinner sits in also doubles up as a fantastic salad bowl. It’s high sided and can fit in a lot of food. Brilliant for families, parties and of course BBQs while we have the great weather.

It’s also been very useful for drying fresh herbs without damaging them or breaking them. It’s also a lot of fun for kids (and big kids) to press the plunger and set the bowl spinning.

Lamb Meatballs Salad Recipe

I love lamb meatballs mixed into a salad. They add that bite and warmth to what can be a cool crisp salad. A beautiful mix of flavours and tastes for a delicious meal. The lamb meatballs are so fun to make.

Top tip – take the mince lamb meat out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to make the meatballs. This way it’s warmed up a little and will be easier to sculpt without making your hands freeze!

Easy Lamb Meatball Salad

Lamb Meatball Salad mixed with mozzarella and tomatoes

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5 from 6 votes

Easy Lamb Meatball Salad with Roast Tomatoes

This delicious Lamb Meatball Salad is a perfect summer dish. Marvellous hot and minty meatballs, fresh crunchy salad with roasted tomatoes and creamy mozzarella.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: British, English, Italian
Keyword: Lamb Meatball Salad, lamb meatballs, lamb meatballs for the freezer
Servings: 4
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Sisley White

Ingredients

  • 500 g minced lamb
  • 2 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of dried mint
  • 1 tablespoon or oregano
  • handful of fresh mint
  • Romaine lettuce x 2
  • Fresh parsley
  • 1 red chilli seeds removed optional
  • 2 mozzarella balls
  • roasted tomatoes see link below fresh or sundried also work
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Add the lamb mince, garlic, ground cumin, dried mint, orgeano and mint to a bowl and mix together. Roll in to balls and set aside until you’re ready.
  • Chop up the lettuce and wash. Add it to a serving bowl.
  • Break up the mozzarella and add to the bowl.
  • Add the chilli if you want to add some spice.
  • Lightly chop the parsley and add it to the mix along with salt and pepper.
  • Add in the roasted tomatoes. Keep the juice to one side.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the tomato juice and stir together.
  • Cook the meatballs on a medium heat in a frying pan with a little oil until cooked.
  • Add to the salad and toss together.
  • Serve straight away.

Notes

Tastes delicious if you serve with new potatoes.
Works really well as a lunch box if there are left overs.

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12 Comments

  • Michelle

    May 14, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I love lamb in this recipe, and I love that it’s light enough for a nice summer lunch5 stars

    1. Sew White

      May 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it

  • Adrianne

    May 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I love that this is a healthy salad full of protein! It would be so great on weekends for an easy meal. Those lamb meatballs look delicious too!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      May 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you <3 I love them.

  • Kelly Anthony

    May 14, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I love lamb especially when it looks this good and paired with a fresh summer salad.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      May 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      You are so kind

  • Sharon

    May 14, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I love the use of lamb in this dish, such unique flavors!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      May 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      thank you, that is so kind of you to say.

  • Jennifer

    May 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    What a delicious recipe! I love the delicate flavor of lamb; it’s one of my favorites whenever we are eating a tasty Mediterranean dish. This was absolutely delicious, and I’m sure we’ll see it often on our summer menu. So good!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      May 15, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Aww you are so lovely. Thank you for such great feedback.

  • Andrea Metlika

    May 14, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    These meatballs sound fabulous. Never thought of putting meatballs in a salad but it works. Yummy!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      May 15, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Once you try it you will love it!

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