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Greek Gyro Salad

Greek Gyro Salad: Marinated, grilled lamb, garden-fresh veggies, fresh feta cheese and grilled pitas, topped with homemade fresh tzatziki dressing.
I fell in love with Greek food in, well, Greece.  I’ve always loved a good fresh Greek salad or gyro, but I realized I’d never really had Greek food until I traveled to that beautiful country and realized what I was missing.

Every restaurant I went to, a sidewalk cafe in Athens or a little taverna in the middle of nowhere, served food that tasted like it had just been picked from the garden behind the restaurant, which, hello, it had been. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted restaurant food that fresh, before or since.

Every cucumber, every tomato, every head of lettuce, every thin slice of grilled lamb…it was mind-blowingly fresh. And so, when I happened to order a Greek salad last week, it sparked a memory. I knew I had to try to re-create that magnificent food and this Greek Gyro Salad was born!

Greek Gyro Salad: Marinated, grilled lamb, garden-fresh veggies, fresh feta cheese and grilled pitas, topped with homemade fresh tzatziki dressing.
Of course, this is literally the ONLY time of year this magic could happen, at least in Utah.

I just picked the first lovely little cherry tomatoes of the season, and the cukes are almost there. It’s garden nirvana for a precious two or three months before the weather comes crashing down and we have to resign ourselves to hothouse tomatoes for nine months. I am going to live it up, and I’m starting right here.

Greek Gyro Salad: Marinated, grilled lamb, garden-fresh veggies, fresh feta cheese and grilled pitas, topped with homemade fresh tzatziki dressing.
Greek Gyro Salad’s got all the flavors of the classic gyro, just lightened up a tad. Marinated, grilled lamb, garden-fresh veg, feta, grilled herb-y pitas, all topped with drizzles of fresh, homemade tzatziki. It’s as if I were back in Nafplio again.

All hail the magic of August! Oh how I love this time of year. It’s delicious.

Greek Gyro Salad

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes

Yield: 4-6 as main course

Ingredients

    Lamb and Pita Marinade
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh herbs (we use basil, rosemary, thyme, chives and parsley)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tzatziki Dressing
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 4 lamb tenderloins
  • 2 pita rounds
  • 1 head green or red leafy lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1/3 cup pitted Greek olives
  • 1/4 cup red onion or shallots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup feta cheese
  • Fresh mint

Instructions

    Lamb and Pita Marinade
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Seal and shake to combine well.
  2. Reserve 2 Tbsp. of marinade to brush on pita rounds.
  3. Add lamb to bag and marinate for an hour (can marinate overnight.)
  4. Tzatziki Dressing
  5. Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and combine until smooth.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Salad
  8. Preheat grill on high and then turn down to medium heat.
  9. Grill marinated lamb pieces over medium heat 4-5 minutes per side, until medium rare. (internal temp should be 145 degrees)
  10. Brush pita rounds with reserved marinade, place on grill and heat for about 2 minutes per side.
  11. Let lamb sit for 10 minutes, and then thinly slice lamb and pitas.
  12. Wash lettuce, tear into pieces and place in large bowl.
  13. Chop tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and onion. Place over lettuce.
  14. Add lamb and pita slices to salad and top with feta and fresh mint.
  15. Drizzle with tzatziki dressing.

Notes

*Most of the prep time is for the meat to marinate. Actual active prep time is about 1/2 hour.

*If you don't like lamb, substitute beef, pork or chicken.

https://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/greek-gyro-salad/

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Max August 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    OMG this looks AMAZING and I love GREEK Salads you just can’t get a good one anywhere. Thank you so much for this recipe, I will definitely have to try this.

    • Reply Elizabeth August 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Hope you love this one! Cheers:)

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