Greek Turkey Burgers + Tzatziki Sauce + Marinated Cucumber Ribbon Salad

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Mondays in our house = DETOX. After a very fun weekend at the beach celebrating a life long friend’s bachelorette it was time to hit the grocery store yesterday and stock up on veggies, fruit and lean proteins. I will be featuring low carb or no carb 30 minute meals all week, and last night’s dinner turned out even better than I had anticipated — PLUS, I finally got to put my new Paderno Spiralizer from Williams-Sonoma to work in order to create the cucumber “ribbons” for the salad side dish. I will be using this handy little gadget later this week to make zucchini noodles, also known as, “zoodles”. I highly encourage you to purchase this cook’s tool as it will create alternatives to using pasta, potatoes or high carb ingredients. Enjoy testing out these Greek recipes — Opa!

Scroll down past the recipes for a step by step photo gallery.

Marinated Cucumber Ribbon Salad – Serves 4

  • Use your Veggie Spiral Slicer to create ribbons with one large cucumber and half of a purple onion… if you do not own this cooking tool then just thinly slice both ingredients with a sharp knife
  • toss the thinly sliced cucumber and purple onion in a medium bowl with the following:
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill (or dried dill)
  • cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving – serve chilled!

Quick Tzatziki Sauce

  • in a small bowl combine the following and chill in the fridge for at least one hour prior to serving
  • 1 pint plain greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill
  • salt & pepper to taste (1 teaspoon of each)

Greek Turkey Burgers – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat parsley — make sure it’s “flat” – this is usually in the lettuce section
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese crumbles
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ripe tomato, 4 slices
  • Tzatziki sauce, either homemade or a good store bought brand is Cedar’s
  • baby spinach leaves in lieu of a bun or use a bread bun if desired
  • red onion and fresh dill for garnish

Directions:

  • preheat oven broiler to 500
  • in a large bowl combine the following and form 4 meat patties:
  • mix ground turkey, green onion, feta, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper
  • place meat patties on a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and broil for 13 minutes, do not flip them
  • over a bed of baby spinach leaves place 1 meat patty
  • top with a slice of tomato, a few thin slices of red onion, a scoop of tzatziki sauce and garnish with fresh dill, salt and pepper
  • serve along side with the cucumber salad

Photo Gallery

Marinated Cucumber Ribbon Salad

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Greek Turkey Burgers

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3 responses to “Greek Turkey Burgers + Tzatziki Sauce + Marinated Cucumber Ribbon Salad

  1. This looks great! I’m going to make this week. I think I’ll use my mandolin for the cucumber salad. We definitely need no carbs at our house! (With the exception of hollow leg Robert!)

  2. Pingback: Marinara Turkey Meat Sauce Over “Zoodles” | cookingandaconvo·

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