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Buddha Balls on a Bed of Salad

Buddha Balls on a Bed of Salad

The crazy holidays are way behind now so it is time to get back in line. Have you done some goal setting already? I hope you've included some health goals this year.  Here at, we have easy, fun, and delicious recipes like this buddha balls to help you stick to those goals and absolutely love your food. 

I truly believe that when we commit to a healthy diet we need to be able to look forward to it. We need to be excited about our food and actually enjoy what we eat. I mean, we eat every single day, multiple times a day. There's no need to suffer when there are options. 

We need to nourish our souls as much as our bodies to be healthy in the whole extent of the words. For that reason, I like coming up with meals like this buddha balls that are fun to make and that you will actually enjoy. 

Buddha Balls on a Bed of Salad ingredients

We use pretty much fresh ingredients to make both the buddha balls and the salad. It is important to prioritise fresh ingredients when you cook. They retain a lot more nutrients than their processed counterpart. Also, the flavour is a lot richer, you don't need as much salt and seasoning to enhance the flavour of your dish. 

Another good reason to use fresh ingredients is that they hold a lot more water than packaged food. This is often overlooked. But having more water in our fruits and veggies is a great way to keep your body naturally hydrated. 

I like using fresh herbs as well, they are so much more flavourful than the dried ones. But I do know fresh herbs can be hard to find in some places. You can always use dried ones, just remember to not use as much. A good rule of thumb is to use a quarter of the amount you would use of the fresh kind. 

Buddha Balls ingredients

These buddha balls are super low carb but quite filling. We included tempeh and nuts in the mix, this is what makes them more satiating. You also get a good amount of protein and healthy fats from these ingredients. 

At first, I had planned to make a keto recipe but I can't put this buddha balls in that category because of the nuts we are using. Nuts can be really tricky when you are trying to go into ketosis. There are some very low carb nuts like pecans or Brazilian nuts, those are better to use. But, some like cashew and pine nuts have a high carb content and are not good for a keto diet. Sadly, we are using those. 

I'll keep experimenting and making more keto recipes. But for now, this buddha balls and salad will provide you with 28g of protein at only 506 calories. It's a super colourful dish full of nutrients and a great variety of them that will keep your body nourished and properly fuelled to go tackle all your goals for the year! 

Buddha Balls top down

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Tempeh, Tomatoes


For the balls

  • ½ cup cashew nuts (chopped and toasted)
  • 1 cup crushed almonds (roasted)
  • 1 tsp dried smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 2 tbsps fresh parsley (thinly sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped into really small pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons pine seeds (chopped and roasted)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 12 oz tempeh (crumbled)

For the salad

  • 1 medium carrot (julienne)
  • ½ cucumber (julienne)
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • 1 medium tomato (sliced)

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsps balsamic vinegar
  • 1 dash black pepper (ground)
  • 1 lime (juiced and a bit of the grated skin)
  • ½ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 390F (200C).
  2. In a saucepan heat up the oil for the meatballs and sauté the onion for about 3-5 minutes and the garlic for about 30 seconds to one minute.
  3. In a big bowl mix all the ingredients for the meatballs, mix well and use your hand to make the balls, I recommend to make rather smaller (max 1.5-2 inch) balls.
  4. Place the meatballs in a baking dish or on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. in the meantime prepare the salad ingredients and place them on in a bowl or on a plate.
  6. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and sed aside.
  7. Serve the buddah balls on top of the salad and sprinkle with the dressing, enjoy!

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