Tomatokeftedes and Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad

Tomatokeftedes and Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad
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Tomatokeftedes and Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad
Evan Sung
Tomatokeftedes and Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad

The first getaway trip Lu and I took together as a couple was to Santorini and Mykonos, in Greece. When we arrived at our hotel on Santorini, it was late at night, but we were ravenous from almost 20 hours of traveling. We dropped our bags and walked a few minutes to a small nearby spot and asked for “anything Santorinian.” The waitress brought us tomatokeftedes — fried tomato balls. I don’t know if it was the exhaustion or the excitement, but I will never forget that first bite. Of course, we devoured them and ordered more. For the rest of our stay on Santorini we never ate at a restaurant without ordering their tomatokeftedes. These healthy tomato balls are my way of bringing a bit of Santorini to you. — Ali Maffucci, Insprialized

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2
Servings
71
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

This recipe also works with zucchini, kohlrabi, chayote, and jicama.

Reprinted from Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals. Copyright © 2015 by Ali Maffucci. Photos by Evan Sung. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Ingredients

For the tomatokeftedes:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 Cup chopped small cherry tomatoes
  • ½ Cup chopped scallion, green and white parts
  • 1 Tablespoon warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ Teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ Cup whole wheat or chickpea flour
  • ¼ Cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper

For the tabouleh:

  • 1 large seedless cucumber, spiralized with BLADE C
  • 1 Cup cauliflower florets
  • ½ Cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of half a lemon

For the tzatziki:

  • ¼ Cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • ¾ Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

For the tomatokeftedes:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat the paper with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, add the tomatoes, scallion, water, mint, oregano, flour, cheese, and some salt and pepper. Using your hands to partially crush the tomatoes, combine the ingredients until the mixture is thick and sticky. (If needed, add more flour and/or water.) Form tomatokeftedes about the size of a golf ball; you should have about 6. Place them on the baking sheet and press down slightly to form patties. Bake for 10 minutes, flip them over, and bake for another 13 to 15 minutes, or until browned on the outside and firm.

For the tabouleh:

Pat dry the cucumber noodles to remove moisture. Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until rice-like. Add the onion, parsley, mint, some salt and pepper, lemon juice, and zest to the food processor and pulse until well combined.

For the tzatziki:

Whisk the yogurt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, dill, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

Combine the cucumber noodles and the tabouleh mixture in a large bowl and toss to blend well. Divide into serving bowls and top with hot tomato balls. Drizzle over the tzatziki sauce and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1g
1%
Sugar
5g
6%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
12g
9%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
106µg
15%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
90mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
383µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
94mg
9%
Choline, total
42mg
10%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
98µg
25%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
25mg
8%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
86mg
12%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
515mg
34%
Water
145g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.