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Chicken Gyro Meatball Salad

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We’re obsessed with this tasty salad! This healthy gyro salad with spiced chicken meatballs, chopped fresh vegetables and lemony tahini dressing makes a perfect low-carb, gluten-free or ketogenic main dish.

Chicken Gyro Meatball Salad on a plate with cucumber, tomato, tahini sauce and pita bread.

This chicken gyro salad celebrates the fantastic flavors of a Greek gyro sandwich, only lightened-up and made into a salad, one of our favorite meatball dinner ideas!

It’s a super-tasty meal-in-one salad I’ve been happily enjoying as a complete meal these days. And the bonus is that it’s so easy to put together, especially if you make a batch of the meatballs ahead of time.

You might be happy to know this creation is also low carb, keto-friendly and gluten-free (just skip the pita on the side) — basically an all-around healthy plate.

Chicken Gyro Meatball Salad on a plate with cucumber, tomato, tahini sauce and pita bread.

Plus the variety of colors and fresh textures make this a beautiful dish to put on the table. Can’t beat that!

Meat for gyros

Gyros are one of the tastiest sandwiches in the world, hands down.

The classic gyro features pita stuffed with spiced rotisserie-roasted meat, tomato, onions and tangy yogurt tzatziki sauce. Yum!

But instead of the meat you’d find on a gyro platter (usually beef or lamb, in loaf form), this salad has bite-size meatballs made with ground chicken and seasonings.

Chicken Gyro Meatballs on a plate with cucumber, tomato, tahini sauce and pita bread.

The combination of crunchy vegetables, grilled meat and spices make me think of Chicken Shawarma Salad, another dish that pretty much exists to make your mouth water.

Chicken Gyro Meatball Salad on a plate with cucumber, tomato, tahini sauce and pita bread.

Seasoning for chicken gyros

All you need are a few basic pantry herbs and spices to add a Greek flair to the chicken meat:

  • Dried oregano – This woody, aromatic herb is an essential seasoning in Greek and Mediterranean cooking. Crumble it between your fingers to release its essential oils before sprinkling.
  • Paprika – Ground from sweet, mild dried red chilis, this spice adds a savory fruity flavor to food, along with a gorgeous russet color.
  • Cumin – The pungent, earthy aroma of cumin is hard to mistake for any other spice. It’s a classic seasoning for grilled meats in Greece and Middle Eastern cooking
  • Garlic – Use fresh cloves, either grated on a Microplane or finely chopped
  • Onion – Grated onion is the “secret” ingredient to many a tasty meatball or burger. I use white or yellow onion, shredded on the medium-side of a box grater or handheld grater.

Gyro salad dressing

Instead of the traditional Tzatziki sauce for gyros, I drizzled this salad with a variation of my all-time favorite lemon tahini sauce simply because I always have some in the refrigerator.

Of course, if you’d prefer to skip the dressing and use your own cucumber-yogurt tzatziki or other tangy sauce (even hummus) go for it!

Easy tzatziki sauce recipe:

Tzatziki is easily made by mixing 1 1/4 cups plain thick yogurt (Greek-style is perfect) with 1 cup chopped seedless cucumber and 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Chicken Gyro Meatball Salad

Karen Tedesco
Meatball dinner idea: Healthy, flavorful chicken meatball salad, topped with tasty spiced meatballs, chopped veggies and a lemon tahini sauce or tzatziki. Perfect as a low-carb main dish.
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4.86 from 7 community reviews
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Chicken
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound (450 g) ground chicken thigh meat
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) grated onion
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped or grated fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) ground paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Tahini Dressing

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) tahini paste
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) cold water
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil


  • 5 ounces (140 g) baby salad greens or torn butter lettuce
  • 3 baby Persian cucumbers, sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 pint (310 g) cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
  • ¾ cup (115 g) crumbled feta cheese
  • Pita bread or flatbread, for serving
  • Green sauce, optional


Make the meatballs

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine the chicken, onion, garlic and spices in a large bowl. Use damp hands to form approximately 36 1-inch meatballs. Arrange them on an oiled baking sheet.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, turning once or twice, until the meatballs are browned and cooked through (they will be firm to the touch).

Make the Tahini Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a mini food processor, or whisk in a medium bowl until smooth.

Assemble the salad

  • Toss the greens, cucumbers, red pepper, onion and feta cheese in a serving bowl with 2 tablespoons of the dressing.
  • Serve with the meatballs on top of the salad and drizzle with additional dressing and green sauce. Serve with warm pita or flatbread if you like.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Refrigerate leftover tahini dressing for up to a week. Stir in a tablespoon or so of cold water to loosen if necessary.
  • Meatballs may be made 3-5 days ahead of serving. Warm them slightly in a microwave (30-60 seconds) or in a heated pan on the stovetop before serving.


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 1263mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4069IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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  1. The chickpeas with the chicken and spices here are out of this world! Such a delicious dish, and one we will be making all the time. Great recipe!

  2. What a lovely lunch option. So light, flavorful and delicious. I will definitely save this and give it a try. Love that dressing.

  3. Absolutely loving this variation of meatball usage! I love gyros, and salads, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to combine the two. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. This looks so authentic and delicious! Thanks for this unique recipe.

  5. Marwin Brown says:

    Looks like a great hearty meal- thanks!

  6. I have been on a meatball kick lately, and this salad looks absolutely fantastic! I will be making this soon for sure. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. This just looks amazing, your photos really made my mouth water! Going to make this!

  8. This is a hearty salad that has all the good stuff in it. The tahini dressing is the perfect topping for it too.

  9. This recipe is right up my alley. It’s been a while since I last made meatballs and I usually go for different kinds of seasonings in them, so I feel really inspired to go for something different next time. The good thing is that I have all those spices, I just need to get the ground chicken!

  10. Send the recipe to my mum and she said it was fantastic. Thank you for giving her lunch ideas.