Easy Lamb Meatball Salad
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Easy Lamb Meatball Salad with Roast Tomatoes
- 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
- 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.
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