Spicy Mediterranean Meatballs with Harissa Yogurt Dressing

These Spicy Mediterranean Meatballs with Harissa Yogurt Dressing will add a flavorful protein boost to salads, or you can serve them over rice or in a pita.



Harissa Yogurt Dressing 

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp harissa paste*
  • black pepper to taste

Mediterranean Meatballs

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 lb 85% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp harissa paste*



Harissa Yogurt Dressing

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until well blended.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use on the salad.
  3. (Optional) Pour into a squeeze bottle to squirt over salad.

Mediterranean Meatballs

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pulse eggs and water in a food processor, or whisk with a fork until well blended.
  3. Add Panko bread crumbs, spices and harissa and pulse/mix until blended.
  4. Add beef and run food processor about 30 seconds, stopping halfway through to scrape down container, until all meat is blended with egg/spice mixture. Otherwise, mix thoroughly by hand.
  5. Use a cookie scoop, or a heaping tablespoon to divide meat into balls. If you’re persnickety about exact amounts, these came out to be about 1.3 ounces when weighed. 
  6. Get a small bowl of water and wet your hands (this will keep the meat from sticking to them). Roll each ball in your hands to smooth them out.
  7. Bake the meatballs at 350° F for about 20 minutes. The meatballs will develop a ring of proteins around the bottom. Use a paper towel to wipe this off when the meatballs are cool enough to handle. 
  8. Brown the meatballs in a skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool if desired.




 *Make sure to use concentrated harissa paste such as Entube brand or similar.

Keywords: meatballs, harissa, yogurt, Mediterranean, spicy, beef