Fried Greens Meatlessballs

This recipe was provided by Connie, a former CSA member and avid gardener.

She made this recipe earlier in the spring with garlic mustard foraged from her property, but you can use any kind of cooking greens including beet or turnip tops, kale, chard, mustard greens or spinach. Recipe originally from


Fried Greens Meatlessballs


  • 1 bunch greens (beet, turnip, kale, chard, mustard, etc.) about 10 cups loosely packed, or 8 oz
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • oil for frying
  • salt to taste


  1. Pulse greens in a food processor or finely chop with a knife—they should be small but not puréed or mushy. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the oil, onion, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cilantro, and cumin seeds. Stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add greens to pan and sauté for a minute or two, until they have wilted. Turn the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Let cool for five minutes, then add the breadcrumbs and feta. Mix well, then taste for seasoning. Add more salt if necessary—this is your chance to get the seasoning right while the mixture is egg-free. 

  5. Crack one egg into the bowl and mix with your hands to incorporate. Squeeze a small ball of the mixture. If it holds together, begin portioning out the remaining mixture into small balls. If it doesn't hold together, add another egg. (Emily: I usually find one egg to be enough.)

  6. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add balls to pan—they should sizzle when they hit the oil—then turn heat down to medium or medium-low. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Use a fork to flip the balls to the other side and cook for another 2 minutes or so. 

  7. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Serves 3 to 4 as an appetizer.