Lamb Kofte in Tahini Sauce with Cucumber Radish Salad

Kofte is the Middle Eastern version of a meatball, and they can be made with lamb, ground beef or even fish. Our version is made with ground lamb or beef and paired with a cool, crispy cucumber and radish salad.

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Prep Time
25 min
40 min


  • ½ cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • ¾ tsp sea salt and ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • ⅓ cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp each ground allspice and red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb ground lamb or beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 bunches radishes, thinly sliced
  • 6 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Prepare tahini sauce: In a food processor, combine yogurt, tahini, one-half of lemon zest and juice, one-half of garlic and one-third each salt and pepper; purée until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In food processor (no need to wash bowl), pulse onion, one-half of parsley, almond flour, remaining one-half of garlic, cumin, allspice and pepper flakes until finely chopped. Add lamb and egg and another one-third of salt and pepper. Pulse again until combined (10 to 12 pulses). Shape meat into 2-inch ovals that are tapered at the edges, forming about 16 balls total. Place on prepared sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, toss together radishes, cucumber, oil, remaining one-half of lemon zest and juice, remaining one-half of parsley and remaining one-third each salt and pepper. Serve with kofte and tahini sauce.


Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 601
  • Carbohydrate Content 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content 125 mg
  • Fat Content 46 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 33 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 11 g
  • Sodium Content 499 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 22 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 10 g