Dinner For Two: Kefta, Tzatziki, and Shepard’s Salad

Serves 2, plus leftovers | Finish in 12 hours

Leave the stress at the door by making these dishes in the morning the day of your Valentine’s Day Dinner at home. Spiced meat known as Kefta is served with a cool cucumber yogurt sauce and a fresh Shepard’s Salad. Easy, light, and delicious.


For the Kefta,
1 lb. lean ground beef,
¼c. chopped parsley,
½ onion grated on a fine grater,
1 ½ Tbsp. ground coriander,
1 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Garlic,
2 tsp. ground cinnamon,
1 ½ tsp. cumin,
1 tsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Ginger,
¾ tsp. allspice,
1 tsp. salt,
½ tsp. pepper,

For the Tzatziki,
1 c. plain yogurt,
½ cucumber peeled and grated,
¼ c. chopped fresh parsley,
¼ c. chopped fresh mint,
1 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Garlic,
Zest and juice of one lemon,
¼ tsp. salt and pepper to taste,

For the Shepard’s Salad,
½ red onion finely chopped,
½ cucumber seeded and chopped,
¼ c. chopped fresh parsley,
¼ c. Litehouse Greek Dressing,
4 c. torn romaine lettuce,


Make the Tzatziki up to one day ahead of time.

Mix all Tzatziki ingredients in a bowl.

Allow to sit at least 3 hours or until ready to serve.

Make the Kefta meat mixture in the morning so all the flavors can meld together before cooking.

Mix all Kefta ingredients together in a bowl.

Right before serving shape 2 inch balls of the meat mixture into rectangles about the size of your finger.

Heat a pan over medium high and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Cook Kefta about 2 minutes on each side or until crispy brown on all sides.

Serve with a dollop of prepared Tzatziki.

Make the Shepard’s Salad mixture in the morning and simply place a scoop over the romaine right before serving dinner.

Mix together the first four Shepard’s Salad ingredients in a bowl.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve over the romaine lettuce.

Dim the lights.

Throw on some lipstick.

Turn on some soft music.

Light the candles.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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