Quick and Easy Shawarma Inspired Recipe


I have to say, I’m pretty lucky to have so many friends who are chefs and/or who love food as much as I do.  Yesterday, a friend came by and brought us some goodies to make a fast meal (Thank You Ty!).  He also brought seaweed salad- where have you been all this time?!  I will definitely have to make it at home, it is such a simple recipe!  For now, I will share with you what we did for the rest of the meal.  It is a spin off of Shish Taouk/Chicken Shawarma made with Za’atar bread.


1 Head of Garlic (or more if you’re a Garlic Lover like I am)

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Cup Mayo

3 Tomatoes Sliced or Diced

Shredded Chicken

1/4 – 1/2 of a Head of Lettuce, Chopped

1/4 of a Red Onion, Sliced

A Handful of Mint Leaves

Marinated White Turnip

Za’atar Bread (we used store bought but making it at home is very simple too!)



For the Garlic Sauce:

Set the oven to 400 degrees, and drizzle the Olive Oil over the garlic head. Be sure to take off the papery outer layer of skin of the Garlic and cut of 1/4 inch off of the top to expose the top of the cloves.  Wrap the garlic in tin foil and keep it in the oven for about 30-40 minutes.  Just be sure to keep an eye on it towards the end so it doesn’t burn.

Remove from the oven, extract the cloves from the skin and mix in the cup of mayo.  You can also use tahini or plain greek yogurt- this was a “pantry” meal so we used what we had.  I don’t have a mortar and pestle, so we used a potato masher instead- it still does the job.

For the rest:

Prepare all of the ingredients, (chopping/dicing/slicing everything).  We took the lemon chicken that I had made earlier, shredded it and reheated it in a pan with some salt.  However, if you want to have more of an authentic taste to it, use this recipe for the chicken!

Coat the Za’atar bread with the Garlic Sauce, layer the other ingredients, roll it up and you’re done!

It’s that simple!

While it is not an “authentic” Lebanese meal because we are missing the proper spices and the preparation is different, it is still super delicious, quite quick to make (minus roasting the garlic) and it tastes amazing.

You can also have it be a delicious vegetarian meal by not adding the chicken.



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