This Vegan Gyros Recipe is Made with Freshly Grilled Eggplants, Bell Peppers, Portobello Mushrooms, Onions and Tomatoes. I Topped it with a super easy Vegan Tzatziki, making this the best Farmer’s Market Recipe – Version 2
So, this is version 2 of my Greek Gyros and I can’t decide which one I like better
The first one had most french fries. It had had Feta cheese. It was pure comfort food!
In my never ending quest to go eat vegan foods only, I had to make a vegan version of this classic Greek recipe. If you want to make this a vegetarian gyro, add feta cheese or goat cheese to it.
Can I take a quick digression to sing praises of Greek food?
I got addicted to tzatziki in when I was working in New York. Nobody does Greek food quite like New York!
Gyros are one of the top 5 unofficial comfort foods of New York. If you are find yourself in Queens, go to the Astoria neighborhood and you will see what I am talking about. There is a restaurant on 23rd street that serves some of the best gyros.
There was a location in Astoria that used to serve vegetarian gyros using falafal and it was soooo good. They also made the best tzatziki. Their seasoning was a homemade blend and I couldn’t reverse engineer it, no matter how much I tried!
I made my vegan eggplant gyros with grilled veggies because it really brings out the flavors of the veggies. If you are not a fan of eggplant, you can make this a mushroom gyro too and use french fries too.
Its hard to find anything controversial about gyros, but, there is one thing that really gets people fired up.
“How to pronounce gyro” has often been a heated debate in many Greek restaurant. I have heard it pronounced so many different ways and I am not even sure which is correct.
The trick to a good gyro is a heavy duty flatbread pita. It has to be strong enough to handle ALL the wonderful toppings and doesn’t get soggy under a mountain of tzatziki.
This is my favorite flatbread to use. What do you think?
Personally, I like to pronounce it as “Jai-rows”. I hear that “hero” is the correct way to pronounce it, but, I respectfully disagree.
How do you get “hero” from “gyro”?
So, feel free to provide your opionion below on how to properly say, “gyro”
Without further delay, let me show you how to make a vegan gyro
Vegan Gyros Made with Freshly Grilled Veggies
For the Gyros
- 2 flatbreads
- 1/2 eggplant cut into rounds
- 2 portobello mushrooms cut into strips
- 1 plum tomato cut into strips
- 1/4 red onions cut into strips
- 1/2 red bell peppers cut into strips
- 1/2 green bell peppers cut into strips
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt optional
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
- 1 tsp lime juice
- cilantro for garnish, optiona
- 1/2 cup baby kale or any greens
For the Gyros
In a bowl, add the oil, salt, red pepper flakes and spices
Place the veggies into the bowl and mix well
Warm up a grill on medium heat. Place the mushrooms and eggplant on it leaving some space for the bell peppers
Place the bell peppers on the grill and flip them after about 2 minutes
Flip the eggplant rounds and the mushroom strips after about 3 minutes
Turn off the grill and place the grilled veggies on a plate
Take a flatbread and lay it flat on a plate
Top the flatbread with tzatziki
Add a few leave of baby kale
Add a few plum tomatoes and red onions
Add some of the grilled eggplants
Add some of the grilled portobello
Add grilled bell peppers
Top with tzatziki again, garnish with the cilantro and wrap the gyros
Assemble the second gyros and enjoy it with a friend!
I like to grill the veggies separately because the mushroom and eggplants take a little longer. You can also place all the veggies in the oven and roast them that way.