25 Lunch Recipes You Can Stuff into a Pita

updated Jul 29, 2021
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When it comes to lunch, a sandwich is always a classic choice. However, there’s really only so much you can put between two regular ol’ 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 your usual sandwich, but that’s really just the start: 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 25 easy recipes that are perfect to stuff inside a pita.

Veggie Stuffed Pitas

Pitas are pretty much my solution to making salad — any and all types of salad — a quick and satisfying one-handed meal. Leafy green salads, no-lettuce salads, and grain salads are all fair game. And when your pita filling includes hearty ingredients, like grains, beans, or legumes, lunch can be assembled well in advance.

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Scrambled Chickpea and Spinach Pitas
For a vegan sandwich that will power you through the day, look to this pita pocket stuffed with a blend of spiced chickpeas and sautéed veggies.
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Marinated White Beans
These quick, garlicky marinated white beans get better overnight, making them perfect for meal prepping.
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Black Bean Salad with Corn and Avocado
This classic black bean salad is packed with bright, refreshing flavors like corn, tomatoes, and cilantro, and has a kick from fresh garlic, jalapeño, and red onion.
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Oven-Baked Falafel
How do you take a pita pocket full of crunchy deep-fried falafel — handed to you by a street vendor and devoured on sight — and turn it into a reasonably healthy, everyday affair that you can make at home? The power of the oven.
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Quinoa Tabbouleh
In this riff on traditional tabbouleh, the bulgur gets replaced with tender, nutty quinoa.
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Easy Lemon-Marinated Bean and Vegetable Salad
Creamy white beans and crunchy vegetables marinated in a honey-lemon vinaigrette is the ultimate make-once, eat-all-week lunch.
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Chickpea Waldorf Salad
There is a wonderful balance of sweet and savory in this lightened-up version of Waldorf salad, with the perfect amount of crunch in every bite. It's a unique filling for a pita pocket.
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Carrot Tahini Salad with Spiced Chickpeas
To make the prep for this salad even easier, you can buy pre-shredded carrots at the grocery store. However, if you have the “grater” attachment on your food processor, that also works well!
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Mediterranean Veggie Pita Sandwich
Craving a fast and wholesome lunch? This simple sandwich packs a lot of flavor and nutrition, which makes it ideal for an easy weekday meal.
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Fill Your Pita with Eggs

Want to turn scrambled eggs into lunch fare? All you need is a pita. Fluffy scrambled eggs and sliced hard-boiled eggs are my top picks for stuffing inside a pita pocket, although to be honest any type of eggs will work. You can even cut a frittata or egg casserole into small pieces for filling a pita.

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Mediterranean Egg Pitas
This protein-packed combination of egg and hummus is a surefire way to fuel your lunch hour.
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Scrambled Eggs & Mustard Greens
Mustard greens lend flavor and heft to your usual scramble. While this recipe calls for serving the eggs over toast, they're just as tasty inside a pita.
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Sheet Pan Veggie Frittata
This cheesy, veggie-packed big-batch frittata is the best way to meal prep lunch (and breakfast, too!).
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Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn, Goat Cheese & Tomatoes
Once the goat cheese hits the eggs, it will melt a little. Embrace this, because it makes for the creamiest scrambled eggs you will ever taste.
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Sausage, Artichoke & Goat Cheese Egg Bake
Artichokes, sausage, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes — here’s an egg bake to slip inside a pita pocket that will work for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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Scrambled Eggs With Green Peppers & Mushrooms
As you can imagine, this is a pretty flexible recipe. Feel free to swap in other veggies or cheese to your liking.
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Meaty Pita Fillings

From shredded chicken to tuna salad to super-savory cooked ground meat, meat is a great choice for stuffing into a pita.

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Greek-Style Tuna Salad
This light and wholesome Mediterranean-inspired tuna salad is packed with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and fresh herbs.
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Chicken Shawarma
This spiced, juicy sheet pan chicken is perfect for stuffing into pita bread.
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The Best Pesto Chicken Salad
Juicy shredded chicken is tossed with a creamy combo of fresh pesto and mayo, and studded with sun-dried tomatoes for extra richness.
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Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
Lentils add extra protein to these juicy turkey meatballs that are flecked with feta, olives, and lots of herbs.
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Avocado Chicken Salad
Here, juicy pieces of chicken, fresh corn, and ripe avocado are tossed in an herby lemon vinaigrette.
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Greek-Style Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki
These rich burgers are packed with classic Greek herbs and spices — such as cinnamon, coriander, mint, and oregano — which creates a fresh boost of flavor not often found in burger patties.
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Yogurt & Dill Chicken Salad
The simplest chicken salad is the best! Start with precooked chicken and you only need dill, shallots, yogurt & mayo for this lighter chicken salad.
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Pita Pockets with Crunchy Romaine, Roasted Beets, Chicken & Manchego Cheese
A small warning: If you’re making the salad filling ahead — as you should — the red beets will gradually turn the entire salad a deep, somewhat shocking, pink. The romaine will also wilt a bit over the course of several days, but surprisingly, it will retain a good amount of crunch.
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Beef Kofta with Tzatziki
If you’re looking for a variation on the standard meatball, it’s time to consider kofta. It is essentially a spiced meatball with many versions that can trace their origin across the Eastern Mediterranean and Central and South Asia.
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Italian Chicken Salad
This flavor-packed chicken salad sandwich is loaded with herbs and wrapped up in tangy Dijon vinaigrette.
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