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Mediterranean Meatball Salad

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Ingredients
  Corn oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Water 2 Tablespoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Dried mint leaves 1 Teaspoon
  Lean ground beef 1 Pound
  Grated onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Whole wheat bread crumbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped parsley 3 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Diagonally sliced carrots 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), cooked, drained
  Cubed green pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Torn salad greens 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Tomato 1 Large, cut into wedges
Directions

In small jar with tight-fitting lid, place 2 tablespoons corn oil, water, lemon juice and mint.
Cover and shake well.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
In large bowl, mix beef, onion, bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper until well blended.
Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons corn oil in large skillet.
Add 1/2 of meatballs; cook for 10 minutes, shaking pan often, or until brown on all sides and cooked.
Remove and drain well on paper towels.
Brown remaining meatballs.
Toss together meatballs, carrots and green pepper in large bowl.
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
To serve, toss meatball mixture with dressing.
Arrange on platter with salad greens and tomato.
LOW-CALORIE VERSION:
Follow recipe for Mediterranean Meatball Salad.
Omit bread crumbs and remaining 2 tablespoons corn oil for browning meatballs.
In bowl, mix beef, onion, parsley, 1 tablespoon prepared mustard, salt and pepper.
Shape into 1-inch balls.
Place on 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jelly roll pan.
Bake in preheated 450° F. oven 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, or until cooked and browned on all sides.
Continue as in basic

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Chilling
Servings: 
6

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