as a greek woman, i can’t help but be passionate about the rich and diverse culinary traditions of Greece :).
Greek cuisine is known for its bold flavors, fresh ingredients, and lovingly curated dishes that bring people together.
one of my favorite things to do is transform traditional Greek recipes into delicious vegan versions.
while i hold a deep appreciation for the authenticity of traditional Greek cuisine, i’ve also embraced the challenge of making these yummy dishes accessible to those who choose to follow a plant based/vegan lifestyle!
it’s a creative process that involves reimagining ingredients while preserving the essence and flavors that make Greek food so so special!
the transformation of a classic Greek gyro into a vegan recipe is a perfect example.
instead of using traditional meat, we turn to jackfruit, a versatile plant-based ingredient that impressively mimics the texture of meat.
by seasoning it with a blend of aromatic spices like cumin, chili powder, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder, we infuse it with those unmistakable Greek flavors.
the taste of these Delicious Vegan Greek Gyros is nothing short of amazing.
the jackfruit, with its meaty texture and the infusion of spices, offers a satisfying and savory experience that’s reminiscent of a non-vegan gyro.
ah, i think the best part though is the homemade tzatziki sauce, made from creamy coconut yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and dill!
it brings a refreshing and tangy contrast that complements the seasoned jackfruit perfectly.
when it comes to making the perfect Greek gyros, finding high-quality pita bread is important. ideally, you’d want to use traditional Greek pita, known for its soft texture and slightly chewy consistency!
however, if you find yourself without authentic Greek pita at your local grocery store, don’t worry. there are alternative options that can work beautifully. you could also use lavash or naan if you can’t find any pita bread you like.
i had some delicious naan on hand, and i decided to give it a try as a substitute for pita bread-the results were fantastic and it held a lot more food!
Naan, a popular flatbread in Indian cuisine, is typically soft, slightly chewy, and has a wonderful flavor profile. while it may not be the traditional choice for Greek gyros, its texture and taste make it a great alternative.
so, if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t locate the perfect Greek pita at your local store, consider trying naan or another type of flatbread as a substitute.
who knows, you might just stumble upon a new fusion dish that marries the best of different culinary traditions!
here’s everything you need to make Delicious Vegan Greek Gyros
- 1 can of young green jackfruit in brine or water (drained and rinsed)
- a few tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- red onions, thinly sliced
- kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
- cucumber, thinly sliced
- 3 large russet potatoes
- olive oil for coating
- sea salt to taste
for the homemade tzatziki:
- 1 cup thick coconut yogurt
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons very finely minced garlic
- juice of 1/2 a small lemon
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
- sea salt and pepper to taste
if you love my Delicious Vegan Greek Gyros, then try these other recipes from my blog!
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Delicious Vegan Greek GyrosCourse: 30 Minutes, Lunch u0026amp; Dinner, Main Dishes
yields 4 large gyros
2 cans of young green jackfruit in brine or water (drained and rinsed)
A few tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Red onions, thinly sliced
Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
3 large russet potatoes peeled and cut into fries
Olive oil (for coating)
Sea salt (to taste)
For the homemade tzatziki:
1 cup thick coconut yogurt
1 and 1/2 tablespoons very finely minced garlic
Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
1/2 tsp dried dill
2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius) for the fries.
- While the jackfruit is marinating, prepare the fries. Wash and peel the russet potatoes, then cut them into thin strips. Place the potato strips in a large bowl and coat them with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Toss the fries to ensure even coating.
- Spread the seasoned fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure there is some space between each fry to allow for even cooking.
- Bake the fries in the oven for about 25 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. You may want to flip the fries halfway through the baking time to ensure they cook evenly.
- Prepare the seasoned jackfruit. You can cut the jackfruit into thinner pieces if they’re too thick. In a bowl, combine the drained and well rinsed jackfruit with olive oil, cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well, ensuring the jackfruit is evenly coated with the seasonings.
- Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Air fry the jackfruit for 10 minutes, making sure to flip the jackfruit halfway through the cooking time.
- While the jackfruit and fries are cooking, prepare the homemade tzatziki sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the thick coconut yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, dried dill and fresh chopped dill, sea salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is well incorporated. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
- Serve your Delicious Vegan Greek Gyros with the crispy fries. To assemble your gyros, take a warm pita or flatbread and place a generous portion of the air-fried jackfruit in the center. Top the jackfruit with slices of red onions, kalamata olives, and cucumber for a burst of freshness and crunch.
- Drizzle a generous amount of the homemade tzatziki sauce over the toppings.
Serve the gyros with a side of the crispy fries!