Mediterranean Meat Kabobs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Mediterranean Meat Kabobs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Souviakia comes from the Greek word, souvla, meaning spit or skewer. These kabobs are very popular in Greece and are ideal for grilling. Serve with rice or pilaf and a salad.

These are great either right off the grill or at room temperature – which makes them the perfect dish to pack up and take to the park on a hot summer night. The preserved lemon is a surprisingly good compliment to the beef tenderloin.


  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed and cubed into 16 pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced large
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced large
  • 4 preserved lemons, halved, see note*
  • 1 red onion, diced large
  • 2 T chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 2 t onion powder
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 C olive oil
  • 8 (10-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, recipe follows


Thread the vegetables onto skewers. Thread the beef separated by onion slices. Set all of the kabobs into a roasting pan in one layer and set aside.

Place the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk until well incorporated. Pour the mixture over the beef kabobs and refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat an outdoor charcoal or gas grill to high heat. Place the kabobs on the grill and cook 3 minutes per side. Remove and serve immediately or let cool, pack ’em up and take them on a picnic.

Serve with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce.

*Cook’s Note: Preserved lemons are so easy to make and can be used in a variety of recipes. They last about a year in the fridge. Here is a link to a recipe we use.

Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 T diced onion
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Chopped fresh mint
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times to make a chunky sauce.

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