Grilled Vegetable Gyros

These grilled vegetable gyros are packed full of fresh grilled summer vegetables, salty feta cheese, and fresh arugula-mint pesto. Basically, it’s summer wrapped in a soft whole wheat pita. 

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto via Nutmeg Nanny

I’m a huge vegetable lover. As a kid I never had an issue eating my vegetables unless it was spinach or asparagus. Which weirdly I now LOVE. During the summer I’m pretty sure my husband thinks I’m trying to convert us to vegetarians because I’m always trying to work more and more vegetables and fruit into our meals. My favorite way to devour vegetables is either by grilling or roasting them up in huge batches. It’s great because I can use the vegetables in omelets, as quick side dishes or as a fabulous pizza topping. 

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto via Nutmeg Nanny

Another great use for grilled vegetables is this totally amazing grilled vegetable gyros. Obviously, there are lots of grilled vegetables but there is also feta cheese and quick homemade pesto that includes a little arugula and mint. This whole dish is like summer wrapped between a soft piece of pita bread.

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto via Nutmeg Nanny

Now,  I have a vegetable grill basket that works PERFECTLY for dishes like this but don’t worry if you don’t have one. You can grill most of the veggies on the grill directly OR just throw them into the oven and roast them up. I’ve included directions for both. Plus, if you do it in the oven that means you can enjoy these grilled vegetable gyros all. year. long.

PLUSPLUSPLUS they are ready in just 30 minutes! I’m such a big fan of fast meals and this one is not only fast but it’s meatless, packed full of flavor and screams delicious!

{Looking for more delicious meatless meals? Try my Pea Parmesan RisottoCreme Fraiche Mushroom GnocchiPear Gorgonzola Easy RavioliKimchi Fried RiceShiitake Mushroom and Kale Ramen or my Easy Vegetable Chili.}

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Grilled Vegetable Gyros

These grilled vegetable gyros are packed full of fresh grilled summer vegetables, salty feta cheese, and fresh arugula-mint pesto. Basically, it's summer wrapped in a soft whole wheat pita.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For pesto: 

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh baby arugula leaves
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts 
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt, to taste 
  • Ground black pepper, to taste 

For grilled vegetable gyros: 

  • 1 pound zucchini or yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, cored and cut and quartered 
  • 1 red onion, papery skin removed and halved 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, kept whole 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste 
  • 6 (8-inch) whole wheat pitas, lightly grilled or warmed
  • 2 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

For pesto:
Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, pour into a bowl and set aside.

For gyros:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

In a large bowl add zucchini, quartered red bell peppers, halved onion, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, kosher salt and black pepper. Gently toss to coat all the vegetables. Being careful to keep the onion as whole as possible.

If you have a grill basket or grill pan lay out vegetables and grill for about 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft but not falling apart. If you do not have a grill pan you can carefully place the zucchini, peppers, and onions directly onto the grill grates. Just be careful they don't fall through the grates. For the tomatoes, you will take a large piece of heavy duty foil and create a "boat" for the tomatoes to sit in on the grill. This will help them warm and soften while the other vegetables cook.

Also, if you don't own a grill you can simply change the recipe by roasting the vegetables. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place your seasoned veggies on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until the veggies are perfectly roasted.

Lay out the warmed pita, top each on with equal parts baby arugula leaves, grilled or roasted vegetables and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle with desired amount of pesto.

17 Responses to “Grilled Vegetable Gyros”

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — May 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Oh that pesto looks amazing and all those veggies packed in there is awesome!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’m so happy that it’s grilling season. This looks awesome.

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    foodwanderings — May 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    OMG. Insane. You can’t even imagine how hungry you made me right now. You had my at, well every word.

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    sue/the view from great island — May 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is one of those recipes that, once I see it, I can’t rest until I’ve made it. That sauce!!

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    Meredith in sock monkey slippers — May 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Yea for grilling season!

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — May 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I love all the veggies here! I want this for dinner!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Heading over for the recipe now! These look great!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — May 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I just love a good gyro! And all those luscious grilled veggies are making me crave this for tonight’s dinner.

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    Rachel Cooks — May 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Loving the pesto on these!

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — May 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    This looks perfect for a spring/summer dinner – I need to get this recipe ASAP

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    Ginny McMeans — May 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    These gyros look so good! Thanks!!!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — May 15, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I haven’t had a good gyros in so long!
    When I first moved to the US, I didn’t even know what people where talking about as you guys pronounce it differently from what the Greeks I grew up with call it – so funny!

    I love your version of it. It look super healthy and fresh!

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — May 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    What a great alternative! the pictures are mouthwatering.

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — May 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Gyros are my favorite!! I am addicted to them. This looks awesome!

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    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — May 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Ok first, these are just about the most gorgeous food photos I have even laid eyes on! Just beautiful…and second I want to gobble one up. These look a-mazing!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — May 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

    YAY FOR GRILLING SEASON! Can you tell I’m totally excited? I’m really digging this grilled veggie gyro – And this pesto?! Holy yum!

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    Joanne — May 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I try to convince the.boy to to be vegetarian in the summer also! and, well, every other day of the year. 😛 these gyros look AWESOME. Totally my kind of sandwich!

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