Turkey Meatballs with Avocado Citrus Dipping Sauce

These turkey meatballs with avocado are packed with spinach for a healthy meal or appetizer.

Remember how I ranted about winter back in October when we got that freak blizzard and went on and on about how much I hate the cold and hate the snow. Well, it’s definitely true but, from the first cold snap through the holidays I can tolerate it. When you grow up in New York, it’s supposed  to be cold during Christmas. Come January 1st though, I’m ready for spring. I want tulips, budding trees, insane pollen allergies, and warm weather.

Today’s high is forecast for 23.

TWO-THREE.

That is not spring.

So, what do you do when you want spring but mother nature isn’t cooperating?

Turkey Meatballs with Avocado Citrus Dipping Sauce

You make it in your kitchen!

Turkey Meatballs with Avocado Sauce

Now, I don’t really associate meatballs with spring, but hear me out. It’s about the flavor in these meatballs and the dipping sauce that goes with them. These are no tomato sauce simmering, Sunday pasta kind of meatballs. They’re bursting with lemon, lime, spinach, yellow peppers and fresh parsley.

Sound more springy?

Turkey Meatballs with Avocado

The avocado dip is basically a mock guacamole with more of a citrusy flare to complement the meatballs. You can put it on the meatballs are you can eat it straight with a spoon. Both are fine. Winking smile

Turkey Meatballs

These would make awesome party appetizers, go perfectly on top of some pasta using the avocado dip as a sauce or, just plain as the protein component in a normal meal. I ate them with an apple for lunch yesterday. Totally normal.

Turkey Meatballs with Avocado Citrus Sauce

Spring has sprung….in your mouth at least. Only 79 more days to go.

Serves 20     adjust servings

"Spring" Turkey Meatballs with Avocado Citrus Dipping Sauce

Preparation 15 min Prep Time
Cook Time 20 min Cook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time

These turkey meatballs with avocado are packed with spinach for a healthy meal or appetizer.

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Avocado Dipping Sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 a lime
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

    Meatballs

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute onion, shallot and garlic with 1 tablespoon olive oil for 3-5 minutes until softened.
    3. Add peppers and red pepper flakes and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
    4. Combine onions, pepper, garlic mixture in a large bowl with turkey and spinach.
    5. Add remaining ingredients and mix together, using your hands if necessary.
    6. Roll into balls, just slightly larger than golf ball size and set aside.
    7. Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat in skillet.
    8. Place meatballs in skillet and pan fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned.
    9. Once meatballs are browned, place on a baking sheet that's been lined with foil and sprayed with baking spray.
    10. Bake for 18-20 minutes until fully cooked through.

    Avocado Dipping Sauce

    1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mash together with a fork (or use a food processor) until fully mixed.

     

    29 Comments

    1. Julie @ Table for Two

      I guess I shouldn’t have complained this morning lol, it was 28 degrees here but our high today is 35. So a tad bit better than y’all…so now I’ll shut up ;)

      These look delicious! I love the lime flavor you added in, it’s one of my fav flavors when it comes to “spring” flavors. Cute flip flop forks..definitely can’t wait to wear those again!

      Reply
    2. kari @ Running Ricig

      It’s like the first real cold day of the year here. I’m not complaining. It’s been down right balmy all through December. It’s about time it started feeling like winter.

      Reply
    3. liza@docrunsforhealth

      If I ever go back to eating meat, I am making these for myself! In the meantime, I might cook ’em for my family.

      Is this your own recipe?

      Reply
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    5. Deanna

      Can I complain that its not cold? And I want it to be? Rain would be nice too. Its currently 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I know I’m spoiled, but I know SoCal will be paying for this easy winter with one hell of a fire season.

      And avocado on meatballs? Bring it on. I bet some feta would be amazing in the meatballs too.

      Reply
    6. Elisa

      Made these and they were DELICIOUS!!! The avocado topping was a perfect compliment to the turkey meatballs.

      Reply
    7. Krys

      The meatballs were pretty tasty. Maybe even too much citrus for someone, such as my aunt. However, the dipping sauce was not good at all, pretty ruined by all the lemon and lime.

      Reply
    8. Courtney

      Made these tonight…perfect on this hot summer night in Anchorage. I could just eat a pound of the avocado citrus sauce….used greek yogurt instead of sour cream and was heavenly!

      Reply

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