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Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo

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Prep

15 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

4

This delicious, vegan Greek meatballs recipe is served with a fresh salad, whipped feta, and creamy orzo.

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This recipe for Greek Meatballs is made with plant-based ingredients, is full of flavor, and will keep your body healthy and happy. You know me, I love my Greek-inspired recipes, and this recipe is no different, I really think you’ll love this one whether it’s for lunch, dinner, meal prep, or whatever the case.

Vegan Greek meatballs on a serving dish

Why you’ll love these Greek Meatballs:

  • They are easy to make and can be made in under 40 minutes 
  • They are plant-based, no meat required in these balls!
  • The creamy orzo and whipped feta makes it so extra delicious 
  • It’s made with easy to find ingredients 

Ingredients: 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo: 

Ingredients for vegan greek meatballs on counter

 

How to make Greek Meatballs: 

Ingredients for vegan meatballs in bowl being mixed

This recipe is incredibly easy to put together. To prepare the meatballs, all you need to do is add all your ingredients into a bowl, mix well using your (clean) hands and create golf size balls before heating your cast-iron skillet or pan to cook them up. Make sure to leave your eyes on the balls because you don’t want them to burn and they won’t take long to cook!

Cooking vegan Greek meatballs in a pan

Next, you’ll prepare your salad by adding all the ingredients for the yummy tomato salad. And last but not least, you’ll prepare your orzo by following the directions on the package. Once you have it looked, you’ll flavor it with the pepper and olive oil. It doesn’t sound like much, but you won’t need to add much to your orzo because it’ll be plated with all the flavor from the whipped feta, salad & Greek meatballs.

The whipped vegan feta will be made in a food processor. Process the ingredients until it’s perfectly whipped and creamy, then place it in the fridge to set while you finish getting everything else together.

Whipped feta in food processor

You can really load all these parts onto your plate in whichever way you prefer, but I love to add the feta, then the orzo, then meatballs, and some of the tomato salad. Garnish with your fav fresh herbs for an added punch of flavor! Dill is my fav.

Vegan greek meatballs close-up with creamy orzo

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Vegan Greek Meatballs with Whipped Feta and Creamy Orzo

4.92 from 23 votes
This delicious, vegan Greek meatballs recipe is served with a fresh salad, whipped feta, and creamy orzo.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizers + Sides, Main Dishes, Salads and Greens
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4
Calories 816 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Meatballs:

  • 396 gram 14 oz of your choice of vegan meat substitute
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet white onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. oat milk
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp umami spice optional, I used Trader Joe's
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • handful fresh dill finely chopped

For the tomato Salad:

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • handful fresh oregano finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

For the Orzo:

  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo

For the Whipped Feta:

  • 1 cup vegan feta
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your meatballs by adding all your ingredients into a bowl, mix well using your hands and create golf size balls.  Should yield around 12-14.
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet or pan on high and lightly grease with olive oil spray. You want to add your meatballs to the skillet or pan when you see smoke rising.  Cook for around 5-6 minutes on each side or until perfectly golden all around.  Keep a close eye on the balls to avoid any unnecessary burning.
  • Prepare the salad by adding all the ingredients into a small bowl and stir till combined.  Set aside to marry.
  • Prepare the orzo by following the package instructions.  Once cooked, strain and lightly dust with pepper and olive oil or vegan butter.  Stir till coated.
  • Prepare the whipped feta by adding the ingredients to a high-speed food processor.  Process till perfectly whipped and creamy.  Place in the fridge to set while you plate everything else.
  • I put my plate together by first adding the whipped feta, then the orzo, then the meatballs, then some of that fresh gorgeous salad.
  • Garnish with fresh dill or oregano!

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Nutrition

Serving: 4(large dinner serving) | Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 83.5g | Protein: 14.1g | Fat: 49.4g | Saturated Fat: 17.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.7g | Sodium: 1083.3mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 6.5g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!

 

Corinne S

5 stars
Love this recipe! I use the meatballs and make a pita sandwich with vegan tzatziki, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and lettuce! The balls hold nicely and reheat well!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, corinne!!!

andrea Lorenzo

wow! This was so amazing. Can’t wait to make it again! My husband loved it.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks for your comment Andrea! I love hearing that 🙂 appreciate your support!

Annette Bedrosian

5 stars
These are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and they held together very well. I made them a little smaller for an appetizer and served them with the whipped feta and a vegan tzatziki sauce. This recipe is a keeper.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the love hun!

Liliana D

5 stars
Used impossible ground beef and violife feta 🙂 so so so good, loved all the fresh herbs. My husband is not vegan and thoroughly enjoyed this. Next time, I am thinking of adding some chopped kalamata olives to the whipped feta.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Oh that sounds soooo good, Liliana! Please let me know if you give that a try!

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