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Vegan Eggplant Gyros! Za’atar seasoned eggplant stuffed into a warm pita and topped with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and the BEST hummus-dill sauce. This easy eggplant recipe is perfect for both lunch and dinner! If you are looking for healthy vegan eggplant recipes then you’ve gotta try this vegetable gyro.
It’s the middle of August, which means it’s peak eggplant season. Eggplant is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate, and I love it– when it’s prepared right. If you love eggplant as much as I do then you’ll want to try my other vegan eggplant recipes like my eggplant ragu, eggplant meatballs and my eggplant lasagna.
These vegan eggplant gyros are a must make this time of year. Homemade flatbreads, crispy seasoned eggplant bits, pickled red onions and a simple dill hummus sauce. They are so incredibly delicious– you’ve gotta try them!
I originally shared this recipe in 2015. Life was a little bit crazier then; I was living in Stockton, CA in a tiny studio apartment while my husband was already in St. Louis. I was finishing up my job at University of the Pacific, getting ready to embark on a new journey of this– working on my blog and nutrition services full-time.
Flash forward seven years and I’m a mama to the two sweet toddlers and happy in the midwest. Crazy how things can change so quickly. Anyways, we made these vegetarian gyros this weekend and I loved them so much, I wanted to put them back on your radar.
This is one of the best vegan eggplant recipes! Refreshing, full of nutrients, and oh, so easy… you will love these simple pita bread sandwiches!
Move over meat, eggplant has taken center stage. As a long-time vegetarian, I am always looking for plant-based alternatives that mimic the same meaty, savory texture that meat provides. While I love the usual suspects: lentils, beans, and tofu, my favorite meat substitutes are actually vegetables.
You will love how easy these vegan gyros are. All you need are just a handful of ingredients. For the full list of ingredients, be sure to scroll down to the recipe card. This recipe is so easy and perfect for any eggplant bumper crops you currently have in your garden.
How to make these eggplant vegetarian gyros
Place the eggplant in a large bowl and rub with olive oil, za’atar seasoning and oregano until well coated. You can either roast or use the skillet to cook, both work! If you are doubling the recipe, then I recommend roasting.
Combine the very thinly sliced onion and vinegar in a bowl. Let sit while you cook the eggplant and make the hummus sauce. Drain before serving.
Whisk together the hummus, lemon juice, garlic, dill and a pinch salt/pepper to taste. Set aside.
Pile the onions, cucumber, tomato, cucumber and cooked eggplant on the flatbreads. Drizzle with hummus sauce and eat immediately.
To elevate these eggplant gyros, I highly recommend making your own pita bread, including the best tomatoes you can find and pickling the red onions before serving. Since this vegetable gyro only contains a handful of ingredients, the taste is really impacted by the quality of the ingredients.
These pickled red onions are one of my go-to quick recipes for sandwiches, salads and bowls. They only take minutes to assemble and are so good! Even if you think you don’t like raw red onions, you’ve gotta try these.
The inspiration for these sandwiches came a few years back when I was visiting a friend at the Lodi Farmers Market. In addition to Lodi being one of the cutest towns, it sure knows how to throw a street party. Every Thursday evening throughout the summer, Lodi’s downtown streets are converted to endless rows of vendors selling everything from wine, olive oil, berries and vegetables. Throw in a variety of food trucks alongside beer tents and acoustic music, and it’s a fun way to socialize while also stocking up on just-picked produce.
Drawn in by the garlic-on-everything aroma, we decided to grab a bite to eat from the local Greek food truck. Crispy Falafel, freshly-made hummus, warm pita. Drool. Since I put hummus on my hummus, there really wasn’t any doubt on where I would be sourcing my dinner.
Half-way through stuffing my face with falafel while watching my friend go to town on her gyro, I realized that I have never had a gyro. Like, ever. Since my mission in life is to make vegetables just as appealing (if not more so) than their non-veg counterparts, I ran back to a vendor stall to pick up a few more ingredients: eggplants, tomatoes and cucumber. After all, we had a vegetarian gyro that needed to be made.
Maybe it’s because I don’t have anything to compare it to, but this gyro completely blew me away. It’s packed with incredible flavor, texture, and ALL the vegetables (again). It’s not your traditional gyro, but what’s not to love?
You do not have to peel the eggplant before cooking! Once the eggplant has been cooked, the skin becomes quite tender.
For my vegan friends, most the of time, pita bread is vegan-friendly. I often substitute naan in these sandwiches if I can’t find fluffy pita bread, which is usually made with yogurt and therefore not vegan. My homemade flatbread recipe is completely vegan.
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Vegan Eggplant Gyros! Za’atar seasoned eggplant stuffed into a warm pita and topped with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and the BEST hummus-dill sauce. This easy eggplant recipe is perfect for both lunch and dinner! So easy to make!
Originally published July 20th, 2015. Updated August 7, 2018 and August 22nd, 2022.