Lebanese Donair


This is a Lebanese donair recipe, a traditional dish made with seasoned meat and tahini sauce that's enjoyed in many parts of the Middle East.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins
7 servings


  • 3 ¼ pounds boneless top round steak, sliced very thin

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • salt, to taste

  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Parsley Sauce

  • 1 bunch finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped

  • cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped

Tahini Sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup tahini (sesame-seed paste)

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup water

  • salt, to taste

  • 7 (6 inch) pita bread rounds


  1. Place the sliced beef into a flat, ovenproof dish. Stir the red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, lemon juice, allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, salt, tomatoes and garlic together in a bowl until well blended. Pour over the beef, turning slices to coat evenly. Cover, and refrigerate 4 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Remove the cover from the dish with the beef, and cook in preheated oven until the meat is no longer pink, about 50 minutes. Cool slightly.

  4. Meanwhile, make the parsley sauce by mixing the parsley, sweet onion, and 1/2 cup olive oil together in a bowl. Place the tomatoes in a bowl, and set aside until needed.

  5. Make the tahini sauce by mixing the garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and water together in a bowl. Season to taste with salt.

  6. To serve, place the pita bread rounds on serving plates. Spoon some of the meat mixture down the center of each pita round. Top with the parsley mix, tomatoes, and tahini sauce. Roll up the sides of the pita bread around the filling, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

990 Calories
65g Fat
48g Carbs
58g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 990
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 65g 83%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 45mg 225%
Calcium 236mg 18%
Iron 10mg 54%
Potassium 1404mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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