Sunday, 2 November 2014

Greek salad with vegan gyros strips!!

So it was world vegan day yesterday!! I didn't do anything particularly vegan however I will be making 2000 cupcakes for world vegan day festival in Melbourne next weekend. Come down and buy some!
I had a huge night last night at a friends wedding and ate a bunch of junk food and a million wines. I don't feel that crash hot today:( I slept until about 2pm and the last thing on my mind was eating but now my appetite is back and the only thing that will do is GREEK SALAD! Do you get that when your hung over? You get something in your mind that you just have to eat?

I used to eat greek salad about twice a week for lunch before I was vegan. Since then it has just kind of fallen off my radar. Today I have changed that!

You can't really mess with this classic so I have just veganised it and added some greek style 'meat' strips and a bad ass dressing!

Greek salad

4 tomatoes
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 crunchy cucumbers
1 big handful kalamata olives
1/2 spanish onion finely sliced
1/4 stick of Cheezly mozzarella style cheese.
Fresh oregano and mint

1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons vinegar (red wine or balsamic)
1 teaspoon castor sugar
2 teaspoons mixed dried italian herbs
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 pack Viana veggie Gyros strips *see note

In a small frying pan, place gyros strips and fry until slightly blackened on the edges. Leave to cool.
Cut up all your veggies roughly and place in a large bowl.  Add olives, oregano, mint and chopped cheese.
In a jar add all dressing ingredients. Shake well and taste.
Combine the cooled gyros strips, salad and dressing and coat well.

My boyfriend doesn't like onion...what the? I really don't understand how you can hate onion but anyway. I am obsessed with it, especially spanish. When it is raw though it gives me pretty bad heart burn so I guess it is good that  I don't over do it. I feel like you need a lot in greek salad so do add a lot if you make this but make sure to cut it very finely.

Its like the perfect mouthful on a fork! mmmmmm

This is the first time I have used these strips and they are really great. They taste a lot like souvlaki meat but slightly firmer. They would be perfect in a souvo or you could just wrap this salad up in a pit bread with some garlic dip! oohh yeah why did I not do that?

*you can get a hold of these strips and cheeses over at or grab them at these stores around Australia.
Cruelty Free Shop - Fitzroy
Prahran Convenience - Prahran
Apples & Sage - Balwyn
Mad Cowgirls - Preston
Sunnybrook - Ormond
Bendigo Wholefoods

Cruelty Free Shop - Glebe
Elim Health Store
Funky Pies (distirbutor)

Everything vegan - Adelaide city centre
Avo Trading (distributor)

The Greenway Organic - Greenway

Cruelty Free Shop - Auckland, New Zealand