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Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs

6 servings Prep time: 20 min

Ground lamb can be an interesting way to switch up your meatballs; I especially love it with this minty salsa verde on top for a fresh, spring-inspired flavor. Lamb is a rich source of high-quality protein as well as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Regularly eating lamb can support muscle growth, maintenance, and performance.

This recipe uses chia seeds instead of eggs to bind the meatballs together. Chia is rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are considered beneficial for decreasing inflammation, improving satiety, and decreasing cravings.

I know you’ll love this recipe as much as I do.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Easy Healthy Recipe


Lamb Chia Meatballs

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium fish sauce
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 8 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Minty Salsa Verde

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 2 anchovy filets
  • 1 garlic
  • 6 green olives
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Tahini Dressing

  • ½ cup tahini paste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ⅓ cup cold water


Step 1 Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, mix together chia, water, and fish sauce. Mix well and wait 10 minutes until a gel forms.

Step 2 Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Healthy Recipe

Step 2

In a separate mixing bowl, add the rest of the lamb meatball ingredients and combine. Once chia gel is ready, add to the lamb, and using your hands, mix all ingredients well until combined.

Step 3 Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Roll lamb mixture into 1 ½-inch balls. Arrange on top of the lined baking sheet. Bake, shaking pan halfway through, for a total of 15-17 minutes.

Step 4 Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Healthy Recipe

Step 4

While lamb is in the oven, make the salsa verde. Add anchovy paste, garlic clove, olives, chile flakes, lemon zest, and salt to a mortar and pestle. Grind until a paste forms. Then add the lemon juice, mint, and olive oil. Stir and set aside.

Step 5 Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Healthy Recipe

Step 5

For the tahini dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Step 6 Minty Salsa Verde Lamb Meatballs Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Spread a spoonful of tahini over a plate, top with meatballs and a drizzle of the salsa verde.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis (per serving): Calories: 431g, Total Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 22g, Carbohydrates: 10g, Sodium: 707mg, Sugars: 2g, Net Carbs: 5g

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