Baked Turkey Meatballs With Couscous Salad and Feta Sauce

A large batch of moist turkey meatballs tops a simple couscous salad one day and then transforms into quick pizzas, crowd-pleasing pasta, or lettuce wraps the next. The kids will be so happy!

Baked Turkey Meatballs With Couscous Salad and Feta Sauce
Yield: 6 servings plus leftovers; Makes about 17 meatballs Active Time 35 mins Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

Meatballs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 pounds ground dark-meat turkey
Couscous Salad
  • 1 1/4 cups dry uncooked couscous
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Feta Sauce
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1/4 tsp. dried)

Make It

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly oil a baking sheet. Place onion and garlic into a food processor to finely chop. Add the rest of the ingredients for the meatballs, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Shape into golf-ball-size balls (about 3 oz. each) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 160 degrees F.

2. Meanwhile, prepare couscous according to package directions. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir to cool.

3. Add cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to the couscous. In a small bowl, whisk together red-wine vinegar and olive oil, Pour over couscous and toss to combine.

4. Combine feta, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and oregano in a blender until smooth. Serve the meatballs over couscous salad and drizzle with sauce.

Tip

Then Try...
  • Baked Pita Pizzas
    Layer marinara, shredded mozzarella, and sliced meatballs on pita bread rounds. Bake 5 to 7 minutes at 375 degrees F to warm.
  • Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs
    Reheat leftover meatballs in jarred sauce, and serve with spaghetti and Parmesan.
  • Greek Lettuce Wraps
    Dice meatballs and serve inside large Bibb lettuce leaves topped with couscous salad, kalamata olives, and feta sauce.
Note:
  • You can prep the meatballs up to three days ahead and store in an airtight container in the fridge, or three months in a zip-top bag in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 496, Fat, total (g): 18, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 49, fiber (g): 4, sugar (g): 7, pro. (g): 34, sodium (mg): 691, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.