Gyro Salad with tzatziki dressing

Gyro Salad

If you’ve ever eaten a gyro before, you’ll remember that sauce it comes with more than anything. That’s tzatziki sauce. A blend of cucumber and greek yogurt. It’s amazing. Here is an idea for a healthy lunch: a gyro salad with tzatziki dressing.

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Gyro Salad With Tzatziki Dressing

Another important piece of the gyro flavor is the meat. Traditionally gyros are made with lamb meat, but that is not always easy to find. Beef can make a good substitute. Feel free to just brown and cook the meat in a pan rather than bake it. Chicken gyros are also a thing. I like to use beef in my salads seasoned with oregano, garlic, salt and pepper to get somewhat of a gyro feel to it. 

The best part about this salad is that it is easily prepped ahead of time. I will plan to make them for a few days for lunches. 


Gyro Salad with tzatziki dressing
Tzatziki dressing

You can choose your favorite toppings for your gyro salad with tzatziki dressing. My favorites are:

  • mixed greens or spinach
  • kalamata olives
  • red onion
  • tomatoes
  • feta cheese

Why is this salad healthy?

Well, it’s a salad. Greens provide a bunch of nutrients including vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, fiber. Basically the greens in a salad are going to nourish you with good stuff. It is wise to choose a good green so you’ll eat it. A word of advice: if you’re an iceberg eater (which is sort of just water) add in a few spinach or romaine leaves at a time to see how you like it. Good choices of greens may be spinach, romaine, mixed greens, other lettuces with a darker color. But if you choose iceberg, you are still doing great and enjoy it. Read my post on Stop Trying To Lose Weight for a little motivation.

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The toppings are also great. We have tomatoes, rich in lycopene which is anti-cancer. There is feta cheese, which has calcium for bones, Kalamata olives are just delicious and provide healthy fats linked to reduced blood pressure. 

Gyro Salad with tzatziki dressing


Fresh Flavors: Turn your favorite gyro flavors into a gyro salad with tzatziki dressing for a healthy lunch. 

Gyro Salad with tzatziki dressing

Gyro Salad

Turn your favorite gyro flavors into a gyro salad with tzatziki dressing for a healthy lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6 salads



  • 1 lb ground beef can use chicken (or skip if non-meat eater)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Tzatziki Dressing

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber, seeded
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese optional
  • 1 tsp dill or a few sprigs fresh
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper

Salad Toppings

  • mixed greens
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • halved kalamata olives
  • crumbled feta cheese


Prepare Meat

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ground beef with seasonings. Flatten out the beef on a greased (or line with parchment paper) sheet with sides or a loaf pan. It will look like a large rectangle burger. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Cut in slices. Alternatively, add seasonings to 1 lb of chicken breasts or thighs and bake how you choose.

Make Dressing

  • Get the food processor ready. Slice the cucumber lengthwise and take out the seeds with a spoon. Mince the garlic cloves. Juice the lemon. Add all ingredients for the dressing in the food processor and process until mixed. It will be lumpy and thicker than standard dressing. Add more olive oil to thin it out, or more greek yogurt to thicken.

Make Salad

  • Prepare greens in a bowl. Top with salad components of your choice. Top with meat and then dressing. Enjoy!


The dressing keeps refrigerated for about 3-4 days. 

Let's get healthy together!


  • Sarah

    August 1, 2017

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love tzatziki so this dressing sounds amazing!

  • I’ve never had tzakiki sauce before but it looks so creamy and delicious! Whoever says salads are bland hasn’t tried this one!

  • I’ve never had tzakiki sauce before but it looks so creamy and delicious! Whoever says salads are bland hasn’t tried this one!

  • Cait Weingartner

    May 24, 2017

    I’m always looking for new salad recipes to enjoy as the main dinner or lunch entree. This gyro salad looks amazingly good! I’m looking forward to trying this.

  • Tayler

    May 23, 2017

    Here’s the weird thing…I HATE cucumbers, but I LOVE tzatziki sauce! And I love gyros!

  • Pam Avoledo

    May 23, 2017

    On my recipe list! I live on shish kebabs and gyros. Never seen it as a salad but will have to try it someday.

  • Tom Carlson

    May 23, 2017

    It really looks good but I would have to make some changes to make it Vegan. I quit eating animal products several years ago. I used to be employed as a Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and some of what I saw turned my stomach:.). I would use marinated Tempe, Tzatziki sauce, and hummus.

    I think there are some recipe programs online where you can easily change recipes into vegetarian or Vegan.

    • Mindy Voet

      May 23, 2017

      You can definitely use any type of toppings that work for you. Those options sound great. I agree with turning the stomach, I make sure to only eat from local, humane farms 🙂

  • Marian

    May 23, 2017

    I love gyros but can’t enjoy them because of being gluten free. This salad looks amazing!

    • Mindy Voet

      May 23, 2017

      Hopefully you can still enjoy through a salad!

  • Julie I Aloha Lovely

    May 23, 2017

    Love it. Never thought about a gyro deconstructed as a salad! Yum.

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms

    May 23, 2017

    Tzatziki is my favourite sauce, but I’ve only made my own about once in my life!! Love gyros as well, so this salad is definitely happening this Summer!

  • Gillian

    May 23, 2017

    I love this. I have found that when using ground beef it tastes better if it is not too lean. The fat makes it juicy and keeps the flavors.

  • Shannon

    May 22, 2017

    Sounds fresh and yummy and I bonous not to time consuming.

  • This sounds amazing. I love a gyro, and one of the best parts is definitely the tzatziki sauce!

  • What a good idea!!! You still get the awesomeness of a gyro but healthier. Love it!


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