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Vegan Mediterranean “Lamb” Gyros with Seitan

Transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean with these flavorful Vegan “Lamb” Gyros. Made with seitan as a hearty lamb substitute, these gyros are packed with Mediterranean spices and wrapped in warm pita bread. Topped with a refreshing vegan tzatziki sauce and fresh veggies, this plant-based version is a delicious and satisfying twist on the classic.

Vegan Mediterranean “Lamb” Gyros with Seitan



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  • For the Seitan “Lamb”:
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)

  • For the Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 1 cup plain vegan yogurt

  • 1/2 cucumber, finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For Serving:
  • Pita bread

  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced

  • Red onion, thinly sliced

  • Lettuce or spinach, shredded

  • Kalamata olives, sliced (optional)

  • Lemon wedges for garnish


  • Prepare the Seitan “Lamb”:
  • In a bowl, combine vital wheat gluten, vegetable broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, olive oil, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Knead the mixture for about 5 minutes until it forms a elastic, dough-like consistency.
  • Divide the dough into small log shapes to resemble gyro meat.
  • Steam the seitan logs for 30-40 minutes until firm and cooked through.
  • Make the Tzatziki Sauce:
  • In a bowl, mix together vegan yogurt, finely diced cucumber, minced garlic, chopped fresh dill, and lemon juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate the tzatziki while preparing the remaining components.
  • Assemble the Gyros:
  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat and lightly toast the pita bread on both sides.
  • Slice the seitan “lamb” into thin strips.
  • Assemble each gyro by placing a generous amount of seitan strips on a warmed pita.
  • Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, red onion, shredded lettuce or spinach, and Kalamata olives if desired.
  • Drizzle tzatziki sauce over the fillings.
  • Fold the pita bread over the fillings, securing it with parchment paper or foil for easy handling.
  • Serve and Garnish:
  • Serve the Vegan Mediterranean “Lamb” Gyros immediately, garnished with lemon wedges on the side.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Vegan Mediterranean “Lamb” Gyros with Seitan:

1. Perfecting the Seitan “Lamb”:

  • Ensure the seitan mixture is well-kneaded for about 5 minutes to develop its elasticity.
  • If time allows, marinate the seitan mixture for a few hours or overnight to enhance flavors.
  • Shape the seitan logs carefully to resemble traditional gyro meat for an authentic appearance.

2. Steaming Techniques: Steam the seitan logs for 30-40 minutes until they are firm and cooked through. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick; it should come out clean.

3. Tzatziki Sauce Refreshment: Refrigerate the tzatziki sauce while preparing other components. This allows the flavors to meld, enhancing the sauce’s taste.

4. Grilling for Smokiness: For an extra layer of flavor, grill the steamed seitan strips on an outdoor grill or grill pan. This imparts a delightful smokiness to the “lamb.”

5. Creative Toppings: Customize your gyros with additional toppings like vegan feta, pickled red onions, or hot sauce for added depth and variety.

6. Pita Perfection: Lightly toast the pita bread on both sides for a warm, slightly crispy texture that holds up well to the fillings.

7. Assembling: Assemble the gyros just before serving to ensure freshness and prevent sogginess, especially if preparing components in advance.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories450
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 12g 19%
    • Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
  • Potassium 450mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
    • Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    • Sugars -5g
  • Protein 23g 46%

  • Vitamin A 1500%
  • Vitamin C 20%
  • Calcium 60%
  • Iron 2%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used. Adjustments may be necessary depending on dietary needs and preferences.


  1. Gluten-Free Gyros:
    • Alteration: Replace vital wheat gluten with a gluten-free flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour.
    • How to Achieve It: Instead of using vital wheat gluten, use a gluten-free flour such as rice flour or a gluten-free all-purpose flour. Adjust the liquid-to-dry ratio accordingly to achieve a dough consistency.
  2. Oil-Free Gyros for a Lower-Fat Option:
    • Alteration: Omit the olive oil used in the seitan mixture.
    • How to Achieve It: Simply exclude the olive oil from the seitan mixture. The texture may be slightly different, but the seitan should still form a cohesive mixture.
  3. Low-Sodium Gyros for a Heart-Healthy Twist:
    • Alteration: Use a low-sodium soy sauce or tamari in the seitan mixture.
    • How to Achieve It: Opt for a low-sodium soy sauce or tamari to reduce the overall sodium content in the seitan. Adjust other seasonings to maintain a balanced flavor profile.


  1. Herb-Infused Gyros for Extra Flavor:
    • Modification: Add fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, or rosemary to the seitan mixture for an herby aroma.
    • How to Achieve It: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh herbs (such as oregano, thyme, or rosemary) into the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients.
  2. Tahini-Lemon Sauce for Creaminess:
    • Modification: Prepare a tahini-lemon sauce for drizzling over the gyros.
    • How to Achieve It: Combine 1/2 cup tahini, the juice of one lemon, 2 cloves minced garlic, and salt to taste. Thin it with water until it reaches a drizzleable consistency. Use this sauce as a creamy and tangy topping.

Tips for Customization:

  1. Grilled Vegetable Gyros for Added Freshness:
    • Customization: Include grilled vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers in the gyro assembly.
    • How to Achieve It: Slice vegetables thinly, toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then grill until tender. Include these grilled vegetables in the gyro assembly for added freshness and flavor.
  2. Kalamata Olive and Tomato Relish for Mediterranean Flair:
    • Customization: Prepare a relish with diced Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and fresh herbs.
    • How to Achieve It: Combine diced Kalamata olives, halved cherry tomatoes, finely chopped red onion, and fresh herbs (such as parsley or mint). Season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Use this relish as a vibrant topping for the gyros.
  3. Cashew Tzatziki for Creaminess:
    • Customization: Create a cashew-based tzatziki sauce for creaminess.
    • How to Achieve It: Blend 1 cup soaked and drained cashews with garlic, lemon juice, salt, and water until smooth. Stir in finely chopped cucumber and dill. Use this cashew tzatziki as a creamy and cooling sauce.
  4. Quinoa Gyros for a Grain Base:
    • Customization: Serve the seitan and vegetables over cooked quinoa for a nutritious grain base.
    • How to Achieve It: Cook quinoa according to package instructions and use it as a base for the gyro assembly. This adds a protein-rich and wholesome element to the dish.

Storage and Freezing Instructions:

  • Storage: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze the components separately. The seitan “lamb” can be frozen for up to 2-3 months, and the tzatziki sauce can be frozen for about 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating or using.
    • Seitan “Lamb”:
      • Store the cooked seitan slices in an airtight container. If you’ve marinated the seitan, it’s best to store it in the marinade to maintain flavor. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
      • For freezing, arrange the seitan slices in a single layer on a tray and freeze until solid. Then, transfer to a sealed container or bag. Use within 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
    • Tzatziki Sauce:
      • Store the tzatziki sauce in a separate container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
      • For freezing, the texture of dairy-free yogurt may change upon freezing. If still desirable, freeze in a sealed container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.
    • Pita Bread and Vegetables:
      • Store any leftover pita bread and vegetable toppings separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. While pita bread can be stored at room temperature for a day or two, refrigerating will extend its freshness.
      • Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and lettuce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Assemble the gyros just before serving for the best taste and texture. Reheat the seitan slices gently on a stovetop or in the microwave, and assemble with fresh vegetables, tzatziki sauce, and warm pita bread.

FAQs for Vegan Mediterranean “Lamb” Gyros

Can I make the seitan “lamb” ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the seitan logs in advance and refrigerate or freeze them. Reheat before assembling the gyros.

Is the tzatziki sauce essential, and can I buy a store-bought version?

The tzatziki adds freshness, but you can use a store-bought vegan version if preferred. Homemade allows for customization.

Can I make these gyros oil-free?

Yes, omit the olive oil from the seitan mixture and use a non-stick pan to toast the pita.

Can I use a different type of bread instead of pita?

Certainly! Choose your preferred flatbread or even wrap the fillings in large lettuce leaves for a low-carb option.

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