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
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.
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.
Tofu is the secret ingredient that subs in for eggs in this light and lemony eggless egg salad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the kind of quick-and-hearty breakfast recipe that's easily transformed into lunch by stuffing it inside some pita bread.
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
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.
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.
This is the chicken salad for the mayonnaise-hating crowd. It's got crunch, color, and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette.
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.
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.
When you need a deviation from traditional chicken salad, adding some pesto and sun-dried tomatoes is the perfect way to change things up.