Banish boring sandwiches and give your lunchtime a flavourful Greek spin with our vegan jackfruit gyros. It's an easy plant-based variation of the famous wrap that will leave you happy and satisfied. And if you'll love it as much as we did it, make sure you prepare a big batch as you'll want to come back for more!
Jackfruit is a wonderful vegan meat replacement, and it's so versatile you can prepare it in many different ways. You can find jackfruit tinned in water or brine at the supermarket or your local Asian food store. Unlike the ripe fruit, young green jackfruit is not sweet and has a mild flavour. It's "meaty" and fleshy; you can chop it into chunks and use it for burgers, nuggets, or stews, or you can pull it into strips as you would do with pork or chicken.
For this recipe, we wanted to use jackfruit to recreate the texture of the classic gyros meat. Traditionally, pork or chicken meat is cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then sliced into thin and crispy shavings. To get a similar result, we shredded jackfruit into thin strips which we seasoned with spices and herbs and roasted in the oven until crispy. It worked wonderfully!
The jackfruit seasoning includes all the classic gyros marinade ingredients: lemon juice, onions, garlic, cumin, oregano, and chilli powder. We also used tomato passata for colour and smoked paprika for a delicious smoky finish. The result is so tasty you won't believe it's made without any meat!
Once you've cooked the jackfruit, the gyros are practically done. All you have to do is whizz up our vegan tzatziki, bake the fries, and you're ready to stuff the wrap. We recommend using thick Greek-style flatbread, but you can also opt for pita pockets if you want.
One of these jackfruit gyros makes a satisfying vegan meal in just 400 calories. It covers 20% RDI of carbs, 30% RDI of proteins, and a whopping 50% of your RDI for fibres — all with very few little fats. The great news is you can prepare the gyros in days in advance and then warm them up later, which is perfect for meal prepping!