Seitan Gyros + Cucumber Tzatziki


No matter the pronunciation how can anyone pass up such delish street food fare!
These gyros are vegetarian— swapping in seitan cutlets for the lamb and beef.


The recipe can be broken down into 3 steps:
1. Seitan (may be prepared a few days ahead of time)
2. Cucumber Tzatziki (may be prepared a few days ahead of time)
3. Assembling the Gyro

Once the seitan and the tzatziki are prepared these pitas can be rolled up in no time!

Marinating Seitan Coriander Cutlets for Mediterranean recipe

Seitan Gyro Roll Ups
Makes 4 sandwiches
inspired from Vegan Eats World

1. Gyro Roasted Seitan
2 cutlets of Seitan Coriander Cutlets
or use commercially prepared seitan
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup vegetable broth or white wine
3 Tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a 9x13x2-inch ceramic or glass baking dish, whisk together all the ingredients except the seitan.

Slice the seitan into strips 1/4 inch wide.  Add to marinade and flip strips several times to coat completely. Set aside to marinate while oven is preheating.

Roast the seitan for 25 minutes, turning the strips frequently with long-handled tongs.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Seitan Gyros
Seitan Gyros

2. Cucumber Tzatziki
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber, grated
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Pour yogurt into a small mixing bowl and set aside. Using a mortar and pestle grind together the garlic and salt to form a smooth paste, then stir into the yogurt

Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater, then sprinkle the cucumbers with a little sea salt. Layer a few strong paper towels on top of one another, pile in the cucumber and gently twist the top of the towels together to form a bundle.  Squeeze the cucumber sachet over the sink to remove as much liquid as possible, taking care not to tear the paper towels.

Stir the grated cucumber into the yogurt sauce along with the dill and olive oil. Pour into a dish and chill until completely cold.

3. Garnishing
Pita bread
Sliced red onion
Sliced cucumber
Chopped tomato
Sliced pickled turnips (found in grocers and mediterranean grocers, Meijer carries the Ziyad brand)

Okay, you now have the seitan made and cooked, the sauce is ready and the garnishing is prepped and ready to go.  All that’s left is assembling the gyros!

Brush both sides of each pita lightly with olive oil.  Preheat a cast iron skillet over high heat, then grill each pita for about 1 minute on each side until the bread is soft and surface is gently toasted.  Alternatively you can heat the pita directly on a gas burner for about 8-10 seconds each side.

Next brush one side of a pita with a little Yogurt Sauce.  Fill with a few strips of seitan and top with the tomato, cucumber, red onion and pickled turnips.  Drizzle more yogurt sauce on top as desired, roll the pita into a sandwich and eat immediately.


2 thoughts on “Seitan Gyros + Cucumber Tzatziki

  1. Thank you for the tzasiki recipe! I LOVE Tzatsiki and will have to try it. Makes me think of my Yaya and long, beautiful days in Greece.


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