When I studied abroad in Spain and got to travel through Europe for a semester, everywhere I went there was a Doner Kebab on every corner. They served cheap gyros and fries and had a continuously rotating cylinder of hot meat. It was a great place to stop by on a chilly day in Paris or a misty day in Amsterdam to refuel.

The rotating, glistening, slightly questionable tower of meat though? Not the most appetizing. So, I set out to create a vegetarian gyro, with all of the flavors and none of the questions.


For the tofu:

  • 2 (15 ounces) blocks of tofu
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary

For the tzatziki sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or heavy cream. Yogurt will be healthier and have more protein, but heavy cream is delicious.
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and finely diced.
  • 3 tablespoons dill, or 6 fresh

For the Pickled Red Onions:

  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin.
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (I used rice vinegar because that is what I had, but you could use rice, distilled, or apple cider)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

To serve:

  • Pita bread


  1. Drain the tofu. Take the tofu out of the package, and press it between two plates or baking sheets. Press for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Pickle the onions. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and set aside.
  3. Slice the tofu. Slice the tofu into thin slices, about 1 cm. Mix the rest of the ingredients for the tofu as a marinade, and marinate for as long as possible, or about an hour.  We all know tofu is pretty bland, but this is how you fix that.
  4. Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, and grease a baking sheet. Arrange the tofu in a single layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Make the tzatziki sauce. While the tofu is baking, combine all of the tzatziki sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  6. Serve. To finish, arrange the tofu on a piece of pita bread. Then, top with the tzatziki sauce and onions.


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