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Veggie Gyros with Tzatziki and Red Sauce

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Looking for an easy lunch or dinner that is packed with vegetables? This recipe for veggie gyros with tzatziki and red sauce will hit the spot! These gyros are totally customizable because you can choose whatever veggies you want or have on hand at the time. With the addition of creamy cucumber and dill tzatziki sauce and a homemade roasted red pepper red sauce, you and will family will be coming back for more!

Veggie Gyros with tzatziki and red sauce.

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Veggie Gyros have been one of my family’s go-to recipes for dinner lately. They are the perfect light dinner to make on a hot summer night. If you want, you can even grill some veggies and chicken to add to your gyros.

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce is a greek yogurt based condiment used frequently in gyros. I love this sauce not only on gyros, but as a dip for chips and cut vegetables as well.

The trick to making a good tzatziki sauce is to make sure that you remove as much liquid from the cucumbers as possible. I like to use a food processor to finely chop the cucumbers so that the sauce is not stringy.

A bowl of Tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • Cucumber– you can use an English cucumber or a regular slicing cucumber.
  • Salt– this will be used to help remove the liquid from the cucumbers.
  • Greek Yogurt– the base of tzatziki sauce. Sour cream can be substituted.
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Dill
  • Minced Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Ingredients for tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Instructions

Peel the cucumber and slice it in half length-wise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds.

Two cucumber halves with seeds removed by a spoon.

Add the cucumber to a food processor and chop it into small pieces.

Diced cucumber in a food processor.

Mix in the salt and place the cucumbers in a mesh strainer over a bowl. After 15 minutes, Use a spatula or the back of a measuring cup to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

A spatula smashing diced cucumbers to remove liquid for tzatziki sauce.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cucumbers, greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dill, minced garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper.

Ingredients for tzatziki sauce in a mixing bowl.

Cover and refrigerate the tzatziki until ready to use.

A bowl of tzatziki sauce.

Red Gyro Sauce

There is a greek restaurant in Utah called Yanni’s Greek Express, and it is my husband’s favorite. He is obsessed with the red sauce they serve with their gyros.

A bowl of red sauce for gyros.

I wanted to find the recipe, so that I could make it at home and serve with our veggie gyros. I found this recipe from The Salt Lake Tribune and decided to try it.

Although it was close, I did make a few adjustments and came up with, what I think, is a pretty close duplicate that may even be better. At least in my opinion 😉

Gyro Red Sauce Ingredients

Ingredients to make red sauce for gyros.

How to Make Red Sauce

Add all of the red sauce ingredients to a food processor or blender and combine until smooth.

Red sauce ingredients in a food processor.

Pour the mixed ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes.

Gyro red sauce in a pan with a spoon.

Veggie Gyros Ingredients

This is the fun part! You can totally customize your vegetarian gyros however you want! These are the veggies that I like to include:

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Dice Cucumbers
  • Greek Pepperocinis
  • Feta Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Pickled Red Onions
Ingredients for vegetarian gyros.

How to Assemble Veggie Gyros

When assembling these veggie gyros, I like to use a sheet of foil to help hold them together. Place your pita bread on the foil, then spread with Tzatziki Sauce.

Pita bread spread with tzatziki sauce.

Top the tzatziki with all of your veggies and feta cheese.

A pita topped with veggies and feta cheese.

Roll up the pita, using the foil to hold it together and cover one end.

A veggie gyro being rolled up.

Enjoy your gyro topped with red gyro sauce!

A veggie gyro with tzatziki and red sauce.

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Veggie Gyros with tzatziki and red sauce.

Veggie Gyros with Tzatziki and Red Sauce

Yield: 4 Gyros
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Looking for an easy lunch or dinner that is packed with vegetables? This recipe for veggie gyros with tzatziki and red sauce will hit the spot! These gyros are totally customizable because you can choose whatever veggies you want or have on hand at the time. With the addition of creamy cucumber and dill tzatziki sauce and a homemade roasted red pepper red sauce, you and will family will be coming back for more!

Ingredients

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dill
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Red Sauce

  • 1 Cup Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Caraway Seed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Beef Bouillon, optional
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Veggie Gyros

  • 4 Pitas
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Dice Cucumbers
  • Greek Pepperocinis
  • Feta Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Pickled Red Onions

Instructions

Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Peel the cucumber and slice it in half length-wise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds.
  2. Add the cucumber to a food processor and chop it into small pieces.
  3. Mix in the salt and place the cucumbers in a mesh strainer over a bowl. After 15 minutes, Use a spatula or the back of a measuring cup to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the cucumbers, Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dill, minced garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and refrigerate the tzatziki until ready to use.

Red Sauce

  1. Add all of the red sauce ingredients to a food processor or blender and combine until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixed ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

Veggie Gyros

  1. Place your pita bread on a sheet of foil, then spread with Tzatziki Sauce.
  2. Top the tzatziki with all of your veggies and feta cheese.
  3. Roll up the pita, using the foil to hold it together and cover one end.
  4. Enjoy your gyro topped with red gyro sauce!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Gyro
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 988mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 13g

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