Tzatziki: Let's start with the undisputed classic. Tzatziki, made with creamy yogurt, fresh cucumbers, garlic, and herbs, is the go-to sauce for gyros. Its refreshing and tangy flavor perfectly complements the rich and savory gyro meat.
Tahini Sauce:Made from ground sesame seeds, lemon juice, and garlic, tahini sauce adds a nutty and slightly bitter taste to your gyro. Its creamy texture and unique flavor create a delightful contrast when drizzled over the tender meat.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:Roasted red pepper sauce lends a sweet and smoky flavor to your gyro. Blend roasted red peppers, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of paprika to create a vibrant and velvety sauce that enhances the gyro's taste profile.
Cilantro Lime Sauce:If you're a fan of vibrant and zesty flavors, cilantro lime sauce is a winner. Blend together fresh cilantro, lime juice, Greek yogurt, garlic, and a hint of cumin. The bright and tangy taste of this sauce will tantalize your taste buds.
Toum (Lebanese Garlic Sauce):Toum, a traditional Lebanese garlic sauce, is a garlic lover's dream come true. Made with garlic, lemon juice, oil, and a touch of salt, Toum offers a powerful punch of garlicky goodness that adds a unique and bold flavor to your gyro.
Chipotle SauceBring a smoky and slightly spicy kick to your gyro with chipotle sauce. Combine chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, mayonnaise, lime juice, and a dash of cumin. The smoky and complex flavors of chipotle will add depth to your gyro experience.
Mint Yogurt Sauce:For a refreshing twist, try mint yogurt sauce. Blend together yogurt, fresh mint leaves, lemon juice, and a touch of honey. The bright and cooling flavors of this sauce complement the gyro's warmth and enhance its overall taste.
Garlic Aioli:If you're a garlic lover, this sauce is for you. Made with mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and a touch of salt, garlic aioli provides a rich, garlicky flavor that pairs wonderfully with the gyro's savory components.
Spicy Sriracha MayoFor those who prefer a little kick, sriracha mayo is the ideal choice. Mix mayonnaise with sriracha sauce, lime juice, and a pinch of sugar to create a creamy, spicy, and tangy sauce that adds an exciting dimension to your gyro.
Lemon Dill Sauce:Lemon dill sauce brings a zesty and herbaceous element to your gyro. Blend together lemon juice, fresh dill, Greek yogurt, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil. This sauce adds brightness and freshness to the gyro, making it a delightful choice.
Pomegranate Molasses Sauce:For a unique twist, try pomegranate molasses sauce. Combine pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, garlic, and a pinch of salt. The sweet and tangy flavors of pomegranate molasses create an intriguing contrast with the savory gyro ingredients.
Greek Feta Dressing:This tangy dressing combines crumbled feta cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano. The briny and creamy feta perfectly balances the flavors of the gyro, adding a burst of Greek goodness to every bite.
Harissa Sauce:Harissa, a North African chili paste, adds a fiery kick to your gyro. Combine harissa paste, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil to create a bold and spicy sauce. A little goes a long way, so use it sparingly if you prefer a milder heat.
Many of these sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead.
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1 ½cupscolorless oil(sunflower, grapeseed, or canola)
Place garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until the garlic is finely chopped.
Add 1 TBSP lemon juice and continue processing until a smooth paste forms, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times.
With the food processor running, start incorporating 1/2 cup of the oil, drizzling it in very slowly. Once the oil is incorporated, stream in another 1 TBSP lemon juice. Repeat this step with another ½ cup oil, then another 1 TBSP lemon juice. Then once more.
The texture should be smooth and creamy.
If needed, with the motor running, slowly stream in 1-2 TBSP water to loosen the sauce up a little bit.
Once finished, transfer to a lidded container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.