What to Serve with Gyros: 13 Healthy and Delicious Side Dishes
If you’re like me and you live in a city, the chances are, you can get your hands on some delicious gyros from many a street cart or corner market.
As a lunch, these sandwiches offer a robust and diverse flavor profile. They’re stuffed with everything we love.
Warm shredded chicken or lamb, soft pita bread, creamy tzatziki sauce, mixed greens, kalamata olives, onions, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Mmm.
All those ingredients make our bellies very satisfied. They’re so good.
You’ll love them so much; you want to make dinner with Sammy as the star.
The only catch in all this deliciousness is you may be at a loss when it comes to figuring out what to serve with gyros.
Luckily, I have plenty of ideas for you.
Whether you’re looking for a light salad, a warm soup, or a creamy sauce, I’ve got you covered.
In this article, we’ll go over eleven mouth-watering ideas that will look perfect as part of any Mediterranean spread.
You can pick one to serve on the side, or make multiple!
Whichever way you decide to curate it:
This is bound to be a delicious, healthy, and comforting meal.
Side Dishes for Gyros: 13 Ideas for a Complete Greek Meal
You might notice that in restaurants and food trucks, they are always served with something greasy or packed with carbs, like french fries or rice.
Those standard sides for gyros can taste great, but after a while, they get kind of boring.
The thirteen delicious side dishes we’ll cover in this article bring some extra diversity to this plate and incorporate elements that are both nutritious and delicious.
1. Traditional Tabouli
Like peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese and tomato soup, and popcorn and butter, tabouli and gyros are the perfect pair.
A gyro is packed with rich, spicy meat, zesty onions, and tangy tzatziki.
This delicious sandwich calls for something green and fresh. When it comes to middle eastern cuisine, tabouli is the answer.
This side dish is a traditional salad of bulgur wheat and refreshing herbs that are dressed in garlic, lemon, and various spices.
2. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Whether it’s on top or on the side, hummus is the perfect addition to any plate with a gyro on it.
This classic chickpea paste can be spread on the inside of your pita bread or eaten separately with chips or fresh raw veg.
The roasted red peppers in this dip add a perfect smoky flavor to the meal. The taste is very complementary to the savory and juicy meat on the inside of the sandwich.
Roasted red pepper hummus and gyros are an ideal pair and make for an indulgent lunch that somehow manages to feel both healthy and indulgent.
3. A Classic Greek Salad
A traditional Greek salad is uncomplicated, fresh, and simply delicious.
With refreshing ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese, this is the best light side dish for a filling gyro.
The ultimate finish is some extra virgin olive oil and some red wine vinegar.
The vegetables in the salad are welcome, and they add a refreshing taste to the plate.
4. Homemade Potato Chips
At its core, a gyro is a lunch sandwich.
What’s the perfect side for that?
Forget buying a bag of potato crisps at the grocery store. Make these delicious snacks at home.
This quick and easy recipe is delightful.
All you have to do is use a vegetable peeler or a metal cheese slicer to cut the root vegetables into thin slices.
Place them in a small bowl and soak for thirty minutes. Add in some garlic powder, celery salt, and pepper and then set it aside.
You’ll fry them in a skillet for only about three to four minutes.
5. Smooth Tzatziki Sauce
We’re full-on obsessed with Tzatziki sauce.
Of course, it probably is already inside of your gyro, but you’ll want some extra on the side.
Tzatziki is healthy and packed with fresh herbs, spices, and greek yogurt. You can dip spread, do whatever!
The sweet and tangy flavor is the perfect combination. The lemon juice adds a flavorful and simple complement to the salty gyro.
It may sound weird, but we could eat this tzatziki from The Wanderlust Kitchen with a spoon.
6. Grilled Zucchini Salad
When there are warm-weather vibes outside, you’ll want to have a taste of this Mediterranean-styled grilled zucchini salad.
The pure vegetable is tossed in extra virgin olive oil and is finished with fresh herbs and feta cheese.
Throw these on the grill for optimum taste.
The flavors are fresh and subtle, and you’ll feel extra light after eating a plate of this pair.
If you want to learn how to make this simple salad best, check out the recipe in this video:
7. Mediterranean Bean Salad
This salad is the best-mixed bean salad that is both colorful and crunchy.
This is the best side for picnic and barbeque season and will be a hit served on the side of any gyro.
One of the attractive properties is that this salad incorporates a variety of nutritional superfoods.
Eating beans is excellent for you and will put a smile on your face.
In this salad:
You can use a mix of your favorite legumes, including garbanzos and cannellini.
Depending on the time you have, you can use canned or freshly soaked beans.
8. Greek Roasted Red Potatoes
Potatoes can pretty much be served with anything.
These Greek-style roasted potatoes have a perfect blend of traditional herbs and garlic.
This go-to side dish adds a filling touch to this sandwich. The density is a nice constant consistency next to the diversity of flavors and textures of the gyro.
The secret key is to soak the potatoes before you cook them. This will get rid of a lot of the extra starch. This will help them get super crispy in the oven.
Check out this recipe and more delicious options at The Chunky Chef blog.
9.Creamy and Crisp Spanakopita
Greek spinach pie.
It’s flaky, crisp.
And they are packed with a creamy filling.
You can make spanakopita the night before you want to serve it on the side.
There’s nothing better than this savory pie made of phyllo dough, spinach, and feta cheese.
Spanakopita is one of the most nutritionally dense Greek foods. The side dish is the perfect side packed with dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and choline.
This makes for a fantastic side of any Mediterranean meal. You can eat this hot or cold; it will be just as delicious either way.
10. Tomato Soup Greek Style
Domato soupa, the Greek version of a classic, is a perfect side dish for gyros.
The herb stock is perfect.
You’ll need some onion, leek, garlic, and orange zest to make the best version.
You’ll also want to add some Greek yogurt for some extra creaminess.
We’re amazed by the flavor, convenience, and variety of this whimsical soup.
The key is to find the freshest available ingredients at the time of you making the soup.
Even if this seems complicated, the recipe is relatively straightforward. This soup is rich and creamy.
You can use an immersion blender to puree the ingredients, or a blender to do the same job.
This pairing is perfect when you want a soup and sandwich lunch with a spin.
The best recipe we could find is from Spice Trekkers, who came up with this delicious leek incorporated Domato Soupa.
11. Delicious Moussaka
Think of moussaka as a Mediterranean lasagna.
This greek cuisine is delicious.
The most crucial element of the side dish is eggplant. It is the heart and soul of moussaka. You can keep some skin on them and sprinkle a bit of salt to let the excess drop out.
If you want to complete dinner, moussaka is the way to go. As the eggplant bakes, you can make the velvety bechamel sauce, as well as the meat filling.
12. Perfect Sweet-Potato Wedges
Nicely sweet, a little salty, and fully mouth-watering. These simple sweet potato wedges are an excellent side for almost anything.
They go so well with gyros because they add the only flavor that’s missing from the sandwich.
They’re as healthy as they are delicious!
Yams are an excellent source of fiber.
Expert hint: the thinner you make them, the crispier they’ll be.
13. Crispy Feta Brussel Sprouts
Balsamic brussel sprouts sprinkled in feta cheese.
Oh, now we’re so very hungry.
We mean, you either hate or absolutely love brussels.
For us, winter’s star veggie is absolutely perfect. They’re hearty in texture and take on the delicious flavors of whatever you cook them in!
With the feta cheese tying the two together they gyro and the sprouts with be best buds on the plate and in your mouth!
Each forkful is an experience with this recipe from The Adventurous Bite.
What to Serve with Gyros: Tasty Drinks and Dessert Pairings
Beer & Gyros: An Unexpected Pair
Greece may not be a country that has a reputation for brews, but beer surprisingly pairs well with any Mediterranean cuisine.
Think of Greek food.
There’s juicy lemon, fragrant mint, creamy yogurt, garlic, and nutty olive oil.
The flavor profile opens up a world of opportunity to bring in beers to the mix that will create a delightful taste combination when paired with any Greek fare.
Gyros are a classic, packed with condiments and slow-cooked tender lamb.
A pale ale, golden in color, is often the best thing to pair with lamb dishes. The complexity of the beer will complement the intense flavors of the meat.
Lagers are smooth and malty, which will complement the light taste of these Greek dishes and won’t overwhelm any of the delicate flavors.
If you want something more profound and luxurious, the best beer is a Belgium Tripel.
Drink these responsibly though, their smooth flavor doesn’t do justice to the enormous amount of alcohol incorporated in these pints.
Dionysus is our favorite Greek god.
Why is that?
He’s the god of wine.
The beautiful, diverse, and versatile grape-based alcoholic beverage is essential for many Europeans.
If you need a wine to pair with a Gyro, you should go with a Cabernet Sauvignon, which is rich with black fruit, vanilla, and caramel undertones.
The best way to go is with Greek grape varietal reds.
If you can’t get your hands on any of those bottles, try a southern Italian wine. These have a viticultural history that is deeply tied to Greece.
A dry, red wine is the best to pair with any red-meat based dishes.
Are you cooking up a full Mediterranean meal?
If so, it won’t be complete without some traditional sweets.
Baklava is the epitome of Greek dessert. It is a vibrant and sweet pastry made out of layers of phyllo dough and filled with chopped nuts and honey.
If you want the same sort of flavor, with just a little bit more substance, consider Galaktoboureko, which is a Greek custard pie, similar to Baklava.
It’s much warmer and juicier.
Gyros are a delicious, warm, and affordable Greek sandwiches that are diverse in flavor profile and are a Mediterranean staple.
You can go with some traditional options for what to serve with gyros or incorporate some that more unique.
Pair it up with some red wine or a nice flavorful craft beer that will compliment all of the flavors between the pita.
Last, but not least:
Don’t forget about the best part of any Greek meal- the flaky and sugary dessert.
What to Serve with Gyros
- Traditional Tabouli
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Salad for Gyros
- Homemade Potato Chips
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Grilled Zucchini Salad
- Bean Salad
- Roasted Red Potatoes
- Tomato Soup
- Sweet-Potato Wedges
- Feta Brussel Sprouts
- Choose your desired Gyros side dish recipe.
- Gather and organize needed ingredients and cooking gear.
- Create a tasty Gyros side to complete your meal!