Turkey meatball Caesar salad

Try a fresh and healthy spin on the classic salad by using lean turkey mince rolled into patties and served with a buttermilk dressing

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 330
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 20g
  • sugars 9g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 43g
  • salt 1.1g


  • 500g pack lean minced turkey see tip, below
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • small pack chives snipped
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 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


Keep it lean

Choose minced turkey breast rather than thighs to cut down on fat and calories.



  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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