Greek Pita Sandwiches

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Greek Pita Sandwiches

Moving takes a lot of energy. We’re only moving two blocks away, and it feels like our entire life is uprooted as we try to plan the house renovation and moving process. In a few weeks it will all be over (well, at least we’ll be moved), but the process seems to dominate most of our time as of late. We can only imagine moving across the country (California) like our friend Erin, or across the world (the Philippines!) like our friends Lindsay and Bjork.

In the midst of it all, we’re enjoying the summer, in particular its bounty of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers that are now all over the markets and in our garden.

Here’s a meal we made for Alex’s brother and his family as they were in town for a visit, sweet little niece and nephew in tow. This one went over well for the entire crowd, even a 3-year-old. It’s simple to prepare; it does take a few minutes to chop up the veggies and stir together the sauce, but both components can easily be made in advance as well if you’re entertaining.

It’s also a great lunch option, for those of you looking for something a little more inventive than the typical brown bag. Just make sure to take the proper precautions when creating your sandwich — since the vegetables create some moisture as they marinate, it’s important to remove the extra “juice” before placing it into your sandwich so the pita doesn’t get soggy. We call for using a slotted spoon to move the vegetables to the pita, then topping with the yogurt sauce.

What are your favorite simple summertime meals?

Other Greek Items We Love
Greek Pizza
Greek Quesadillas
Shepherd’s Salad
Whole Grain Pita Bread
Grilled Portabello Sandwich with Tzatziki and Feta
Cucumber and Yogurt Dill Sauce (Tzatziki)

Greek Pita Sandwiches

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Greek Pita Sandwich


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Description

Note: The vegetable mixture accumulates moisture as it sits, so make sure to use a slotted spoon to transfer it to the sandwich to avoid a soggy pita.


Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Splash white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 4 8-inch diameter whole wheat pita breads, halved (or make your own)

Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumber and dice it. Thinly slice the onion. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Dice the green pepper. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place all vegetables in a bowl or an airtight container (if making in advance).
  2. To the bowl with the vegetables, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground pepper pepper. Stir in 3/4 cup feta cheese. Taste, and adjust flavors if desired. This mixture can marinate for a bit if desired, or serve immediately.
  3. For the yogurt sauce, if using fresh dill, chop enough for 1 tablespoon. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried), a splash white wine vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Using slotted spoon to remove any extra liquid, transfer the salad mixture to the pita bread halves. Serve with yogurt sauce.

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies
    July 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Oh wow, this sounds so good! I love Greek salads and pretty much Greek flavored or styled anything. This is a must make for me!

  • Reply
    Tieghan
    July 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Good luck with the moving!! Hope everything goes smooth for you guys!
    These pitas look so good. I am on a huge greek kick. I actually have a few recipes lined up to be posted that I am super excited about. I have all the ingredients on hand so I cant wait to make these for lunch tomorrow!

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy.

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

    This look so healthy and are so full of colour! Lovely summer recipe!

  • Reply
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    July 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

    At least you still have the energy to cook! When my sister and her husband started moving she eat take out for a week!

    I love greek flavours, they are always so fresh and zingy. my trick for draining wetter veggies is to pre cut them the night before and leave them in a large hole strainer in the fridge. this way fresh cold, crispy veggies for sandwiches next day.

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for the tip — sounds perfect!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    July 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Great idea for a quick weeknight meal! Sounds great!

  • Reply
    Ash- foodfashionparty
    July 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This looks healthy and so hearty too. The colors work so well. congrats on your move…

  • Reply
    Eileen
    July 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    This kind of savory sandwich bursting with crisp vegetables is exactly what I want to eat all summer. Looks SO good!

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    July 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Good luck with the move! :) Soon you’ll be all settled in your new home and back in the kitchen – your fabulous new kitchen!!!

    This sandwich looks lovely. I like to add chickpeas to greek salad for some protein. Great idea to put the salad into a pita for a filling meal :)

  • Reply
    Caroline
    July 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This is such a beautiful sandwich! I love these flavors. I grew up on Armenian food (pretty much identical to Greek food) and just looking at these photos make me feel like…ahhhhh! :) Love your blog! So happy to have found you!

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 31, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Fay
    August 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Made this last night. Light, delicious, easy. The yogurt sauce was a little thick, not easy to put on the sandwiches but it didn’t take away from this great meal.
    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      August 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed sandwiches! And thanks for the feedback on the yogurt sauce. Next time you could add a few drops of water to it and mix in until you get a better consistency! I do that often with yogurt sauces and it works like a charm.

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