15 Recipes You Can Stuff in a Pita

15 Recipes You Can Stuff in a Pita

Kelli Foster
Aug 31, 2015

When it comes to lunch, sandwiches make a fine choice, but there's really only so much you can put between two slices of bread. Swap that sandwich bread for a pita, however, and it's a totally different ballgame. Sure, you could fill a pita with cold cuts as you would a sandwich, but your options go way beyond that.

From eggs and leafy greens to meat and whole-grain salads, make lunch more interesting with one of these 15 recipes that are perfect to stuff inside a pita.

You can buy pita bread at the store, but it's a lot more fun to make your own. (Bonus: It's actually really easy, too.)

Vegetarian Pita Fillings

1. Chickpea Waldorf Salad

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If you're having trouble saying goodbye to summer, I think this salad will make the transition a little easier on you. This lighter meat-free version of Waldorf salad swaps out mayo for plain yogurt and chicken for chickpeas.

2. Barley Salad with Figs and Tarragon-Lemon Dressing

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This salad is a great make-ahead lunch, and holds up beautifully. Cook the barley a day ahead, let it cool, and just finish the salad the next day.

3. Lemony Eggless Egg Salad

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Tofu is the secret ingredient that subs in for eggs in this light and lemony eggless egg salad.

4. Oven-Baked Falafel

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These homemade falafel are easy to make and require almost zero planning. You can make a huge batch and warm the leftovers for weekday lunches.

5. Quinoa Tabbouleh

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This is just a fantastic salad — it's a fairly traditional tabbouleh, but you swap bulgar for tender quinoa. You also add a little extra lemon and a sprinkle of feta cheese to this recipe.

6. Carrot Tahini Salad

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This light and crunchy salad comes together easily, and the sweet raisins pair exceptionally well with the spiced chickpeas for a wonderful combination of sweet and savory.

7. Grain Salad with Mango, Sprouts and Creamy Avocado Dressing

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You know those recipes that make beautiful lunches and feel like a special treat, but don't actually take all that long to make if you plan in advance? This grain salad is just that.

8. Scrambled Egg & Mustard Greens

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This is the kind of quick-and-hearty breakfast recipe that's easily transformed into lunch by stuffing it inside some pita bread.

9. Chickpea, Barley, and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta

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This chickpea salad is a special one. It's full of tender beans, chewy barley, and crunchy zucchini, all held together with a bright, refreshing vinaigrette.

Meaty Pita Fillings

10. The Perfect Tuna Salad

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Tuna salad is a classic lunchtime favorite, and ideal for stuffing inside a pita. The beauty of this dish is that it can take on so many different variations depending on your tastes.

11. Yogurt & Dill Chicken Salad

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The simplicity of this chicken salad is what makes it shine. Just a touch of mayonnaise, scoops of tangy yogurt, heaps of fresh green dill, and diced crunchy shallots.

12. Italian Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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This is the chicken salad for the mayonnaise-hating crowd. It's got crunch, color, and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette.

13. Yogurt-Marinated Chicken & Creamy Greek Sauce

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Inspired by a Greek gyro, these tender cubes of chicken are tossed with a savory yogurt sauce and stuffed inside a pita with cucumber and tomato.

14. Nigel Slater's Five-Spice Chicken & Pea Shoot Salad

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Think of this as a cross between a salad and a stir-fry, with chicken cooked in a flash with ginger and garlic, and folded together with barely wilted lettuce and pea shoots. It's a super-fast meal, bursting with garlicky, spicy flavor.

15. Creamy Chicken Salad with Parsley Walnut Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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When you need a deviation from traditional chicken salad, adding some pesto and sun-dried tomatoes is the perfect way to change things up.

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