Mushroom Shawarma with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce


The bold spices and cooling and creamy tahini-yogurt sauce make these vegetarian pitas a home run for lunch or dinner. The meaty, umami-rich mushrooms do enough heavy lifting so that you don't miss the meat at all.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 pound portobello mushrooms, stemmed, gills removed, halved and sliced (see Tip)

  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced

  • ½ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 4 pitas, warmed

  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

  • ½ cup cilantro leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine oil, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chile powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add mushrooms and onion; stir to coat well. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and roast, stirring once or twice, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

  3. Spread pitas with the yogurt sauce, then top with the mushroom mixture, lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro.


Tip: To prepare portobello mushroom caps, gently twist off the stems of whole portobellos. Using a spoon, scrape off the brown gills from the underside of the mushroom caps. If you prefer, purchase portobello mushroom caps, rather than whole mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
16g Fat
29g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 10g 21%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Vitamin A 1814IU 36%
Vitamin C 12mg 14%
Folate 83mcg 21%
Sodium 541mg 24%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 57mg 14%
Potassium 759mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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