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Meatless Monday: Seitan Gyro at Frida’s Deli

July 14th 01:07pm, 2014

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Since I went vegetarian seven years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for an authentic-tasting, satisfying meat-free gyro. I grew up eating my grandmother’s Greek food, but my picky childhood palate limited me to french fries, chicken fingers and pasta Alfredo. I only became adventurous enough to try a traditional gyro – sliced meat, tomatoes and onions slathered in thick, tangy tzatziki – just one year before I chose to eschew meat altogether. Now that I’m vegan to boot, finding a delicious substitute is harder still, but Frida’s Deli helped me take one step closer to veggie gyro nirvana.

Frida’s vegan seitan gyro comes in a warmed pita (not oiled and grilled like many traditional sandwiches – it’s a health-conscious restaurant after all) with plenty of crunchy lettuce, tomatoes and red onions. A hefty handful of shredded, chicken-style seitan serves as the gyro “meat,” dotted with flavorful dried oregano and other herbs. Everything is tossed in a light “tzatziki” sauce, which is tough to get right without thick Greek yogurt. Since Frida’s vegan tzatziki is a little on the thin side, I recommend slathering your pita with the side of hummus, adding moisture and an extra hit of flavor for a satisfying vegan meal.

By Elena Makansi

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2 Responses to “Meatless Monday: Seitan Gyro at Frida’s Deli”

  1. Abby Says:
    July 14th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    this looks so good! I am a new vegan and would love to know of other good vegan/healthy options for stl restaurants. SO far I know of tree house, lulus local eatery and small batch.

    Thanks :-)

  2. Elena Says:
    July 21st, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Abby! SweetArt is one of my favorite veggie restaurants – there is also PuraVegan and VegaDeli in addition to the ones you mentioned (and Frida’s).
    Enjoy!

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