Gyro Salad Platter Recipe

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Gyro Salad Platter Recipe

Gyro Salad Platter Recipe.

There’s a good reason why gyros are such a popular street food in Greece and all over the Mediterranean world: savory beef and lamb, infused with herbs and onions and all cooked together so the flavors really settle in – it’s just good stuff. Except for the bun that it’s usually thrown on top of, but you can just as easily replace that with a salad for a Paleo-friendly experience.

The prep process here does need you to pull out the food processor twice: blending the meat is how you get that trademark gyros texture. Gyros meat is usually cooked on a big stick, like a rotisserie chicken but vertical instead of horizontal. Since most of us don’t have a whole rotisserie setup just hanging around, here it’s done in a loaf pan instead.

If lamb isn’t really your thing, and if you’re OK with eating veal, you could also replace the lamb with veal. There’s a whole debate over whether or not it’s actually possible to produce ethical veal – check it out before you decide, but if you aren’t convinced, then you could also just use 2 pounds of beef.

Any extra meat from this would be really great as leftovers for lunch the next day, or put it in a Greek-inspired omelet if you don’t quite have enough to make a meal.

Gyro Salad Platter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb;
  • 1 lb ground beef;
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped;
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced;
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano;
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin;
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram;
  • 1 tsp. ground dried rosemary;
  • 1 tsp. ground dried thyme;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
  • Ingredients for the salad
  • 4 to 5 cups mixed salad greens;
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced;
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced;
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives;
  • Ingredients for the greek-style dressing
  • 1 cup olive oil or homemade mayonnaise; (use olive oil for egg-free)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced;
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano;
  • 2 tsp. dried basil;
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard;
  • 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Instructions

  1. Place the onion in a food processor, and process until finely chopped.
  2. Mix the onions with the ground lamb and beef.
  3. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  6. Place the meat mixture into a food processor and pulse until very well-blended and almost creamy. (you may want to do it in batches.)
  7. Scrape the the mixture into a loaf pan. Place the loaf pan inside a bigger baking dish, and fill the bigger dish halfway with water.
  8. Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the inside is no longer pink.
  9. Remove the meat from the pan, and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.
  10. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and stir well.
  11. In a salad bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad;
  12. Serve the gyro meat with the salad, and drizzle with the dressing.
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