Paleo Pesto Turkey Meatballs {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Whole30}

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If you love Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs but have always wanted a paleo version, look no further. These paleo pesto turkey meatballs are so tender and juicy. They are bursting with flavor from the homemade dairy-free basil pesto sauce. Gluten-free and dairy-free.

Paleo Pesto Turkey Meatballs with zucchini noodles

Paleo Dinner Recipes

Our family is trying to eat more Paleo meals. Paleo means gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and no refined sugars. We eat a lot of ground turkey in my house, so I am always trying new and creative ways to fix it for dinner.

We are trying to eat more grain-free, so I wanted to create a Paleo turkey meatball recipe that I knew my family will love.  I wanted to create an Italian style turkey meatball but with a twist.


Dairy-Free Basil Pesto Sauce

My husband, our youngest son, and I are also dairy-free, so I wanted to create a Pesto sauce that did not include cheese. I substituted cashews for the Parmesan cheese that you find in traditional pesto sauce.

The cashews mimic the flavor and texture of the Parmesan cheese beautifully. Paleo pesto sauce is a mixture of fresh basil, minced garlic, cashews, lemon juice, and olive oil.

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Paleo Turkey Meatballs

The Paleo pesto turkey meatballs are so tender and juicy. They are bursting with flavor from the homemade dairy-free basil pesto sauce. Serve over zucchini noodles (zoodles) or with your favorite side dish. These Paleo pesto turkey meatballs would also be a perfect appetizer served at your next party.

These turkey meatballs are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and also perfect for those following the Whole30 diet.

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Looking for other Paleo dinner recipes? Check out these gluten-free dinner recipes.

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Paleo Pesto Turkey Meatballs

Servings: 45 meat balls
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Paleo Pesto Turkey Meatballs with zucchini noodles
Paleo pesto turkey meatballs are so tender and juicy. They are bursting with flavor from the homemade dairy-free basil pesto sauce. Super easy to make in less than 40 minutes.



  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons  of onion powder

Pesto Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 oz package of fresh basil leaves or 4 tablespoons of dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 425º F.

Pesto Sauce:

  • In a food processor chop fresh basil. If using dried basil add to the food processor when you add the cashews.
  • Add cashews to the food and chop until fully combined with basil.
  • Add minced garlic, salt, lemon juice and olive oil to the cashew mixture and chop until fully combined.


  • In a large bowl whisk eggs.
  • Add ground turkey, almond flour, onion powder and pesto sauce. Mix together with a large spoon or your hand until fully combined.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop ( 1 1/2 teaspoon) or a heaping tablespoon scoop meatball mixture out to form a ball and place on the baking sheet.
  • Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Mama says, "Check your labels!"


Serving: 6meatballsCalories: 87kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 137mgVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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  1. Hi! My family and I have enjoyed a few of your recipes! I wanted to make these turkey meatballs however I don’t have almond flour can I use regular gluten free flour?

    1. Hi Lorraine! I would recommend using gluten-free bread crumbs instead of the almond flour. I am so happy to hear that you have enjoyed a few of my recipes. I hope you enjoy the turkey meatballs!

      1. Thank you!! I just made the pie crust!! It’s sitting in the fridge now!! I’m so happy that I found you as my husband is both gluten and dairy free!! It can be quite challenging to find good recipes!

        1. You are so welcome Lorraine, I love sharing what I make for my! I hope you enjoy the pie as well. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

  2. Since my daughter has a nut allergy, I plan to use regular pesto. Could you tell me how much I would use to be the equivalent of the pesto you make in your recipe? Thanks so much! It looks delicious!

    1. Hi Kariq I would start with 1/2 cup since the Paleo pesto is thicker than regular pesto. Id the meatballs are not moist enough when you mix them, you could try and add 1/4 cup more to add more moisture. I hope you enjoy the meatballs!