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Salmon Gyros with Crunchy Veg & Tzatziki

salmon gyro platter

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Gyros are probably my favorite food ever. Even though I feel stupid whenever I say the word “gyro” because it’s probably wrong. At least I don’t say it like “jye-ro” because that is definitely wrong. Anyway, gyros are the best. Deeply flavorful, delicious meat with loads of creamy tzatziki on a pillowy pita… who created this heaven!?!? AND—why is the meat so hard to recreate at home? I have a solution. Salmon gyros.

This is a new twist on gyros! But it is still very good, PLUS it is healthier! There are three parts to this recipe: slow-roasted salmon dry rubbed with gyro seasonings, crunchy veggie salad, and creamy tzatziki sauce. The best part about making these at home is that you can put as MUCH tzatziki on as you like. I like my gyros literally drowning in tzatziki. They never give me enough at a restaurant! I guess pita is the fourth part to this recipe but those are store-bought so they don’t count. Unless you’re super extra and want to make your own. Snaps for you! You could also easily turn this into a salad by eating the toppings on a bed of greens instead of a pita. Yum!

I love this recipe because it’s super flavorful and actually pretty healthy. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids—I’m always trying to add more fish to my diet. Tzatziki is so good that it seems like it should be bad for you. But it’s really not! It’s made with Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and low in fat. And then we have our delicious crunchy veg salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, shallot, & kalamata olives tossed with lemon juice. For realsies, salmon gyros are delish.

salmon gyro

By the way. The best gyro ever is at the Minnesota State Fair at Dimitri’s. I have looked for this man and he is only at the State Fair. How unfair. In the meantime, we can eat salmon gyros at home and wait for August to come!

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salmon gyro platter

Salmon Gyros with Crunchy Veg & Tzatziki

  • Author: Megan B-L
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Slow-roasted salmon dry rubbed with gyro seasonings, crunchy veggie salad, and loads of creamy tzatziki on a pillowy pita bread. (Or a bed of lettuce!)


Ingredients

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Salmon

  • 1.5 lbs salmon fillet (wild if it’s available!)
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon nutmeg

Tzatziki 

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 small snacking cucumber or ¼ of an English cucumber, grated
  • cup crumbled feta
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Crunchy Veg Salad

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 snacking cucumbers or ~ ½ of an English cucumber, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • cup kalamata olives, halved
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste

 

  • pita bread or mixed greens!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250° and grease a baking sheet with olive oil. 
  2. Combine all salmon spices in a small bowl. Pat salmon dry, then rub with spice mix. Place salmon on baking sheet, skin side down. 
  3. Bake salmon for 22–28 minutes, (depending on how thick the salmon is) until salmon flakes easily with a fork and the thickest part isn’t gooey looking in the middle. 
  4. Meanwhile, combine Tzatziki ingredients in a medium bowl. Then combine Crunchy Veg Salad ingredients in a separate bowl. 
  5. Put it all together! Flake salmon pieces into your pita (or onto a bed of greens to make a salad) with a big scoop of Crunchy Veg and top with Tzatziki. Enjoy!


Keywords: fish, salmon, tzatziki, yogurt, dill, tomatoes, cucumbers, pescatarian, gyro, greek, mediterranean

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