Tempeh Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Maria Marlowe


These delicious plant-based gyros are easy to make, despite the long-ish ingredient list. Simply marinate tempeh overnight, then bake and stuff into tortillas or pita along with fresh salad and homemade tzatziki, which is perhaps the best part! If you don’t consumer dairy, try our creamy sunflower tzatziki sauce recipe instead.

Vegetarian Gyro with Tempeh & Homemade Tzatziki on White Plate

Vegetarian Gyro with Tempeh & Homemade Tzatziki on White Plate
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Tempeh Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Servings 4
Calories 732 kcal


  • 16 oz. tempeh package in block form



  • 1 medium cucumber finely shredded & water squeezed out
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt




Tempeh (part I)

  1. Fill large pot with steamer basket with about an inch of water. Bring to boil. Slice tempeh into ⅛-inch pieces. When water is boiling, add tempeh to steamer pot, cover and steam for 10 minutes. Note: This removes some of the bitterness.


  1. In glass container zip-top bag, combine all marinade ingredients.
  2. When tempeh is done, soak it in marinade for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Tempeh (part II)

  1. Once tempeh is ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Arrange tempeh pieces on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flip, then bake another 15 minutes or until edges are brown.

Tzatziki & Salad

  1. In small bowl, combine all tzatziki ingredients.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Add oil, lemon, salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Lay out tortillas or pita breads. Top each one with a generous dollop of tzatziki, salad and tempeh slices.
Nutrition Facts
Tempeh Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 732 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 1175mg49%
Potassium 1066mg30%
Carbohydrates 92g31%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 514mg51%
Iron 14mg78%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.