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Polish Gyros Salad Recipe

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Polish gyros salad in a bowl.
Polish gyros salad is called salaltka gyros

Colorful and pretty to look at, the Polish gyros salad is perfect for potluck dinners or picnic lunches. Make it easily in just 20 minutes and delight your family and friends!

Polish gyros salad or salatka gyros is one of the popular dishes in Poland. With no known origin, this Polish salad is very much like the Greek gyros but fashioned as a layered dish. 

It’s most probably a Polish derivative of the Greek gyros but converted to layers by us Poles. How did the gyros reach Greece? It was brought there by refugees from Anatolia in Asia Minor in the 19th century. 

See also my Polish kapusta salad (coleslaw) recipe and layered salad with ham.

Why Is It Called Gyros?

The gyros is made by slowly cooking meat on a vertically spinning rotiserrie. The name gyros or gyro is derived from the Greek work γύρος which means to circle or turn. This word in turn is borrowed from the Turkish word doner which also means to turn. 

While the Greek version of gyros using pork meat is popular, the main ingredient of the Polish gyros salad is the chicken that is traditionally made on a gyros. That’s why it’s sometimes called salatka gyros z kurczakiem.

If not made on a rotating gyro, the poultry meat can be fried in oil with gyros seasoning. 

To this, many layers of veggies are added along with ketchup and mayo. Many modern versions of the salad also include rice or pasta to make it a more complete meal. You’ll find different versions of the salad with newer ingredients being added to it. 

How To Make The Polish Gyros Salad Recipe

The Polish Gyro Salad is really easy to make at home in less than 20 minutes. You start by washing and dicing the chicken breast. It’s then fried in oil with gyros seasoning.

Next, the washed Chinese cabbage is chopped, an onion is cut into half-moon slices, and bell peppers and pickles are diced. All the ingredients are then layered in a glass salad bowl starting with half of the chopped cabbage and then the fried chicken. 

Chopped cabbage in a glass bowl.
Chopped cabbage
Chicken fried with gyros spice.
Fried chicken

This is followed by the diced pickles, mayo, sweet corn, red onion, ketchup, the remaining cabbage, a mix of mayo and ketchup, bell pepper, and finally chopped chives. 

And the world-famous Polish gyros salad is ready to serve!

Diced pickled and mayo.
Layer of diced pickled and mayo
Boiled sweet corn.
Boiled sweet corn
Cabbage on top of corn.
Add the remaining cabbage on top!
Corn, cabbage and mayo.
Next comes the layer of mayonnaise
Ketchup on top of a salad.
Add a few spoons of ketchup
Chopped tomatoes and cabbage.
Tip: You can always add a layer of tomatoes if you want it juicy
Salatka Gyros in a bowl.
Salatka gyros is mouth-wateringly delicious

Tips For Making Polish Gyros Salad

  • You can add a layer of tomatoes if you want the salad juicier. 
  • You can easily find gyros seasoning in spice stores or on Amazon.
  • Use a glass bowl so that you can see the lovely colorful layers of the salad. 
  • You can also add marjoram or thyme to the salad. 
  • For something really different, also add a layer of red salad. 
  • Optionally sprinkle with fresh dill before serving!
Polish gyros salad in a bowl.
Polish gyros salad is called salaltka gyros

FAQs About Making Polish Gyros Salad

What Other Ingredients Can I Add To The Dish?

Other ingredients you can add to the Polish gyros are fried aubergine, feta cheese, or olives. You can also add pepper, garlic powder, or chili sauce. Some friends also add green peas.

What If I Cannot Find Gyros Seasoning Anywhere?

You can easily find gyros seasoning in spice stores or on Amazon. If you cannot find gyros seasoning, use a mix of fenugreek, rosemary, sweet pepper, coriander seeds, garlic powder, chili pepper, oregano, thyme, and black pepper to get almost the same taste.

How To Serve The  Polish Gyros Salad?

You can serve the salad plain, with toasted bread, on a buttered boule, or wrapped in a tortilla or pita breadf. 

Do I Have To Use Chicken Breast?

No, you can use any part of the chicken. Just make sure it is boneless. 

How To Store The Salatka Gryos?

Store the Polish gyros salad in a glass bowl in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Polish Gyros Salad Recipe

Yield: 10

Polish Gyros Salad Recipe

Salatka Gyros in a bowl.

With many colorful layers, the Polish gyros salad is perfect for potluck dinners or picnic lunches. Make it easily in just 20 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 napa Chinese cabbage
  • 16oz (450g) of chicken breast
  • 4 big pickles or dill pickles
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bell pepper or roasted peppers
  • 3 tbsps of mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsps of ketchup
  • chopped chives
  • oil
  • gyro seasoning


  1. Wash and dice the chicken breast. Fry it in oil with gyro seasoning.
  2. Wash and chop the cabbage.
  3. Peel and cut an onion into half-moon slices.
  4. Dice the bell pepper and pickles.
  5. Take a glass salad bowl. Layer the salad ingredients in the following order:

half of the chopped cabbage

fried chicken

diced pickles

2 tbsps of mayo

sweet corn

red onion

2 tbsps of ketchup

half of the chopped cabbage

1 tbsp of ketchup and 1 tbsp of mayo mixed together

diced bell pepper

chopped chives

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