Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vegetarian Gyros

When my husband and I lived in our first apartment, we used to love going to the gyro place down the street. Their freshly made flatbread, overflowing with seasoned meat and cool tzatziki sauce, was practically irresistible! After moving away, and especially after becoming vegetarian, gyros became a thing of the past. Other yummy foods happily took their place, until my sister recently suggested I try making Tzatziki Sauce for the blog. This immediately reminded me of my gyro loving days, and suddenly I was wondering why I had never tried making a vegetarian version before. The idea seemed simple enough, so I began looking for recipes I could adapt. I found a meat version I liked on, and thought mushrooms would be a great substitution, since they have a meaty texture and adapt to different flavors well. 

Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It. Was. So. Good. And much healthier than the meat version I used to love. This recipe definitely makes the cut for my weekly rotation!

Getting Started

Once you have all of your ingredients chopped, diced, sliced, and measured, this recipe is really a snap. Start by sautéing the mushrooms with a little olive oil over medium high heat until tender. Add in the next 6 ingredients and sauté until the paprika and onion powder have dissolved and the mushrooms are well coated. Add in garlic, rosemary, and thyme, and cook for another minute or so before removing from heat.

To assemble the gyros, top your flatbread (get the kind from the bakery section if you can) with desired amount of Tzatziki Sauce, lettuce, cucumber, mushroom mixture, tomato, onion, and feta cheese…then enjoy the heck out of it!

Wrapping it up

That’s all there is to it! Easy and seriously yummy - if you don’t love these veggie gyros, I might have to question our friendship...okay not really, but I do hope you like them as much as I did! ;)


1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
4 sprigs thyme, finely chopped
16oz package white mushrooms, sliced
5oz package sliced shitake mushrooms
Olive oil for sautéing

4-6 regular, or 2-3 large flatbreads, warmed up
Green leaf lettuce
Grape tomatoes, sliced
Red onion, sliced and broken apart
Cucumber slices
Feta cheese
Tzatziki sauce (homemade or store bought), approx. 1 tbs for each gyro

Servings: 4-6

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  1. Seriously delicious, and very hearty. I have been eating vegetarian at home due to living in a vegetarian household ( I am not actually a vegetarian, it's complicated) howeverrrr, these totally satisfied my want for meat. A wonderful recipe!

  2. So glad to hear that, Karen! I love getting feedback like this!

  3. Going to try these tomorrow - I can't wait! Not a vegetarian myself, but we have a friend who's coming for dinner. It's always a struggle for us to figure our what everyone will enjoy - these look perfect! Thanks so much :)

  4. do you think this recipe would freeze well?

    1. Hmmm...I've never tried it! I don't see why you couldn't, but I might try it with a small batch just in case. Let me know how it goes!

  5. my wife made this for me tonight. The only problem was she didn't make enough. It was just as good or better than any meat version I've ever had!

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