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Vegan Tempeh Gyros with Tofu Tzatziki

You can make juicy, tempting vegan gyros at home, minus the animal fat, the strange mish-mash of meat-ish substances and the nagging worry about how long that conical slab has been slowly rotating on its spit. It’s called tempeh. And lots of garlic.

Tempeh Gyros with Tofu Tzatziki (and Lemon-Dill Roasted Potatoes)

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Tempeh Marinade

  • 8 oz. tempeh, sliced ~1/4″ thick
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tsp. rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 4 Whole Wheat Chipotle Tortillas or Whole Wheat Pitas

Tofu Tzatziki

  • 1 1/4 cup silken tofu
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Lemon-Dill Roasted Potatoes

  • 5-6 small red potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. dried dill weed
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


Tofu Tzatziki and Marinade

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade (except for the tempeh) in a shallow dish and whisk to combine.  Add the tempeh slices and marinate for a couple of hours or overnight, turning the pieces of tempeh now and again.
  2. To make the tzatziki, combine all of the ingredients (except for the cucumber) in a food processor and process until smooth.  Pour the mixture into a container or bowl, and stir in the diced cucumber.  Store in the refrigerator to marinate for a couple of hours.
  3. When ready to eat, take the tzatziki out of the refrigerator to take off the chill.  Wrap the tortillas or pitas in foil and gently warm in the oven.
  4. To make the gyros, heat a skillet and add a splash or two of vegetable broth.  Brown the tempeh on both sides, adding a little more broth or water as necessary.  Now, get to work assembling your gyros.  Pile all of the goodies on to the tortillas/pitas and add chopped tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion, parsley – it all sounds good!

Lemon-Dill Roasted Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Combine the potatoes, vegetable broth, soy sauce, garlic powder, garlic cloves and lemon juice in a baking dish.  Bake, turning every now and again, until potatoes are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. As soon as you take them out of the oven, add the lemon zest, dill weed and salt and pepper.  Let cool to room temperature and serve alongside tempeh gyros.






I was into my 30s before I began running and working out, but I was still missing something: diet.  The animal products I was consuming were undoing the benefits of all of that physical activity.  Today my body runs on a plant-based, low-fat, low sugar diet that keeps me healthy and strong. I’m sharing – via An Unrefined Vegan - what I've learned by offering simple, delicious and nutritious recipes that nurture body, soul and conscience.



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23 comments on “Vegan Tempeh Gyros with Tofu Tzatziki”

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5 Months Ago

good: tempeh is great, and so is the tziziki sauce, so basic recipe is the delicious
bad: tempeh doesn\'t brown in broth - I used vegetable oil
bad: potatoes stick due to baking with broth.
bad: this website! - slow and keeps reloading

9 Months Ago

wow, what a fantastic recipe! I just tried it and it\'s awesome!
I wrapped them into kale leafes instead of Tortillas...
The Tempeh and the silken tofu tzatziki are simply wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

1 Years Ago

just curious, I don't see cucumbers listed in the ingredients of the Tzatziki sauce, but you do mention to fold them in after everything is blended. Can you tell me how much cucumber you added?

17 Feb 2014

Sorry about that, Karen! You'll need a half of a medium-sized cucumber. Peel it, deseed it and dice it.

Lili Langsam Hastings
1 Years Ago

Stephanie BonDurant Grandy I have got to try this too been craving a gyro

Cynthia Ann Pate
1 Years Ago

I am going to try making these, I love Tempeh!

Susan Simpson
1 Years Ago

Looks like lunch to me!

Jonathan Schechter
1 Years Ago

Joy Cannon

Teri Watanabe
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Carlos Epikleritus Gonzalez
1 Years Ago

uuum mmmmm shshshhsssuuuhnmmmsdhuuusumm yumy .... good goood.

Zack Koslowski
1 Years Ago

We are making these. Lisa Fillip


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