Gyros (pronounced Yee-roh) is traditionally made from pork but gyros meat can also be made from a combination of pork and lamb. It’s cooked at a very high temperature on a vertical rotating spit.
The meat is well seasoned with oregano, lemon, and garlic and shaved into thin slices so each piece is bursting with flavour! The gyro meat is then wrapped in pita bread and topped with tzatziki, sliced tomatoes, and onions.
A similar Greek dish to gyros is chicken and pork souvlaki.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a wrapped gyros or only the gyros meat, this post is all about delicious side dishes to serve with Gyros!
Greek nacho fries are oven-baked fries topped with crumbled feta cheese, sautéed red onions, fresh tomatoes, kalamata olives, dried oregano and creamy homemade tzatziki.
Greek fries are a great side for Gyros since the flavours go well together. Many people (myself included!) like to put fries inside my Gyros or wrapped souvlaki. Some will say that it’s not authentic but once you try it, I think you’ll be sold!
Greek fries are the perfect companion to a delicious Gyros! But, if you’re looking for a simpler side, then serve your gyros with a heaping side of crispy fries sprinkled with only dried oregano, tzatziki, and fresh salt flakes. Something about dried oregano, tzatziki, and fries goes so well together!
Creamy and thick Greek tzatziki sauce goes perfectly with seasoned gyros meat. The cool taste and creaminess of tzatziki is delicious with gyros. Tzatziki is made with strained full-fat Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, white vinegar, fresh dill, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.
Tzatziki is a creamy sauce that you’ll want to include in your gyros and on the side. If you’d like you can follow this easy recipe for homemade tzatziki sauce!
Homemade pita bread is ready in just a few minutes of cooking time and only requires a few basic ingredients. I love sprinkling fresh pita bread with extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano (here we go again!), and sea salt flakes.
You can place the gyros meat inside the soft pita bread and top with tzatziki, diced tomatoes, and onions. Or, you could slice the pita bread into four triangles and serve it on the side with gyro meat, greek salad, and tzatziki for a complete Greek meal.
If you’re anything like my family, there always has to be pita bread or bread with every meal.
Tiny roasted lemon potatoes are a great side dish! These potatoes have just the right amount of lemon and garlic. They are slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft in the middle.
Just place them in your oven for a little over 30 minutes and you’ve got delicious lemony and garlicky roast potatoes. Roasted potatoes are an easy and popular side dish for Gyros because the flavours go so well together!
Traditional Greek Salad
Greek salad is a refreshing salad made with sliced red onion, cucumbers, kalamata olives, green pepper, feta cheese, and tomatoes. The vegetables are tossed in an olive oil Greek dressing. Greek salad can be ready in minutes. It’s a healthy dish and one of the best side dishes for gyros.
Marouli Salad – Greek Green Salad
Marouli is the Greek word for lettuce. Marouli “lettuce” salad is as simple as it sounds but it’s a very popular side salad in Greece, especially for spring holidays like Easter. It’s made with crisp romaine lettuce, dill, cucumbers, and finely diced scallions.
The dressing is light, tangy and consists of red wine vinegar, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice. If you’d like you can even add in some fresh sliced red bell peppers for a little bit of sweetness and colour!
Greek Lemon Rice
Greek lemon rice will be your new favourite side dish! Fluffy white rice with hints of lemon, butter, white onion, and fresh parsley.
This Greek style rice pilaf doesn’t require a lot of hands-on time so it’s the perfect side dish. You can easily customize Greek lemon rice to include other fresh herbs like dill or oregano or even add in some feta cheese or paprika!
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Date Published: April 20, 2022