Happy Meatless Monday! We love mediterranean style restaurants and a good gyro is hard to beat for lunch. So my vegan falafel gyro has easily become a staple in our house. It’s not super hand on so it’s perfect for a weekend lunch or easy dinner. Just be aware that the falafel mixture usually has to rest a bit before you can bake or fry it.
How to Serve:
This meal is perfect for a saturday lunch, or weeknight dinner with a salad, some tabbouleh, or homemade french fries. All you have to do is start the falafel, let it rest about 30 minutes or so, get them in the oven, and chop some veggies while they bake! I’ve even included both vegan and non vegan versions of my speedy tzatziki sauce to top it off! The falafel keeps well in the fridge so you can easily reheat them in the microwave or toaster oven the next day.
I used Trader Joe’s falafel mix, but you should easily be able to find a falafel mix in your grocery store. It’s usually in the kosher section. My recipe makes enough for 4 people so it should be easy to adjust for any falafel mix you find. I have several friends who have tried to make their own falafel from scratch using various recipes and they haven’t found one that works for them. As such, I haven’t even tried to make my own! If you are a boss falafel maker and have a great recipe send it to me or leave a link in the comments below. Maybe I’ll tackle your version next time!
What the Husband thinks:
Each Monday I post meatless recipes that I’ve tried out on my husband, David. He rates them using the Missing the Meat rating system we came up with.
Missing the Meat Rating 4 out of 5 stars!
The best thing about this vegan falafel gyro is how fast it is. Just make sure you read the instructions because the falafel mixture has to sit for a while. After that it’s really really quick to make. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick meatless dinner. Falafel is one of my favorite vegetarian things to eat. I’ve always liked it because it’s very filling. This is a tough one for me to rate because I have to base my ratings on if I miss the meat or not. But falafel is a vegetarian dish already! I guess I can compare it to a regular gyro, and have to give it 4 stars. Falafel is great baked or fried, but it ain’t as good as a meaty gyro.
Vegan Falafel GyroCourse: lunch, dinnerCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Savory falafel on warm pita bread, topped with tzatziki and loads of fresh veggies! What’s not to like? Perfect for a filling weekend lunch or dinner!
1/2 box Falafel mix
4 pita breads
2 cups shredded lettuce
4 tbsp. Speedy Tzatziki
1 Tomato sliced
4 tbsp. Hummus
Feta crumbles (optional)
Sliced dill pickles (optional)
- Speedy Tzatziki
1 cup plain greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt)
½ cup peeled and grated cucumber
1 squeeze of lemon
Pinch of garlic powder
½ tsp. dried or 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
- Follow instructions on falafel mix and bake in the oven (adjust for serving size of 4 people)
- Put grated cucumber in a kitchen towel and squeeze any excess water from it
- Whisk all ingredients together for the tzatziki and let it rest
- Slice tomatoes and cut slices in half to fit the gyro better
- Warm pitta in a skillet for 30 seconds to a minute on each side, until it’s more pliable
- Spread 1 tbsp. hummus onto the pita
- Top with 3 falafel, a little lettuce, a tbsp. of Tzatziki, some sliced tomatoes, and maybe a few pickles if you’re so inclined
- If you use Trader Joe’s falafel mix follow the directions on the box. The recipe uses half the mix so you’ll be able to make this twice! We bake ours so it’s a little healthier and less messy.
- If you don’t feel like making the Tzatziki you can always buy some to save time, but it can sometimes be difficult to find. I really like the Trader Joe’s avocado Tzatziki.
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