Healthy and filling, pitas are the perfect vessels for sandwiches. They are made to be stuffed, making them great for an on-the-go lunch or quick dinner. Pitas are eaten frequently in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines and have been growing in popularity here due in North America to their tastiness. Pitas usually have high protein and fiber and are lower calorically than typical bread. Make sure to choose a whole wheat pita bread as this will be much more fulfilling than typical, refined white bread. Making your own pita bread is the best route to go as you can make it any way you want, and it’s super simple. This Homemade Pita Bread uses olive oil, flour and yeast to get a pita that is versatile for anything. For pita bread with extra heartiness and less fat, this Whole Wheat Pita Bread will knock your socks off with added flax seeds and thyme. Your options for pita sandwich stuffings are truly endless- all the more reason to love these fluffy pockets!
Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, here are six pita sandwich ideas that are quick, portable, and totally delicious.
1. Classic Falafel
Nothing beats warm, authentic falafel. Typically made from ground chickpeas and fava beans, falafel is full of healthy fats and loaded with protein. Fava beans are packed with vitamins A, K and B-6, while chickpeas are full of zinc, magnesium and folate. Falafel is an especially great alternative to meat fillings in a pita sandwich. Try Baked Falafel for a healthier option compared to fried falafel; it uses a cucumber noodle salad and mint dressing that provides authentic, Mediterranean flavors. Falafel sandwiches are also tasty with fresh tomato, lettuce, and onion. You can also add sauces to give more texture. For instance, tahini is delectable on falafel and is awesome because it is completely plant-based. Try this Raw Hot Sauce or Almond Cream Sauce for a more creative falafel sandwich.
2. Hearty Veggie
A hearty, vegetable stuffed pita sandwich is wholesome and filling when done right. Start with a great spread. Try this Fresh Pumpkin and Kale Hummus or this Red Pepper Hummus, both containing protein, flavor, and fiber. If hummus isn’t your jam, you can always opt for mustard or this Creamy Low-fat Vegan Mayonnaise. The vegetables you choose for you pita pocket are up to you. My favorite vegetables for a sandwich are carrots, avocado, tomato, and onions. Try Vegan Humdinger which uses alfalfa sprouts and cucumber — it’s full of fresh tastes! For a warm pita, use roasted vegetables like red peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, or even sweet potatoes.
3. Greek Salad
Greek salad is ideal for a pita sandwich stuffer and can be great for a make-ahead lunch or even to bring to a picnic. Before assembling your Greek salad, first learn how to make a plant-based, nutrition packed salad. Get chopping on your superfood tomatoes and green cucumbers to make the base of your Greek salad. Skip the dairy feta cheese and make this Macadamia Nut Spreadable Pepper Herb Feta instead. Using nuts and plant-based ingredients, this cheese will provide ample protein and while also providing all the traditional feta flavors. Dressed in olive oil, this salad can be heart-healthy and give you all the essential fats you need for the day.
4. Caesar Salad
Tangy, creamy and hearty — there is nothing quite like a classic Caesar salad. Making this salad plant-based without eggs, cream, or anchovies is simple and tastes great in a pita pocket. Since most Caesar salads come with chicken, a plant-based protein alternative is needed to keep this sandwich vegan. Try stuffing your pita with this Super Protein Kale Caesar Salad for all the nutrients you need and plenty of heartiness. This recipe uses tempeh, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and kale for a perfect protein meal. For a special twist, this Eccentric Vegan Caesar Salad uses avocado and capers for a zesty bite. Caesar dressing typically is extremely high in unhealthy fats, however, this Raw Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing slims down the classic to be much lighter. Simply toss onto your ingredients (don’t forget the croutons!), mix all together, and stuff away those pitas.
5. Breakfast Pita
Want a super easy way to get your vegetables in the morning? Make a breakfast pita pocket! Scramble up some tofu for protein and throw in some veggies for extra nutrients and you’ve got yourself a perfect breakfast sandwich. This Tofu Scramble With Spinach and Nutritional Yeast would make an awesome morning sandwich. Nutritional yeast will offer a cheesy flavor to help balance out the strong flavors of spinach. Feel free to swap out any vegetables in this recipe; peppers, sun dried tomatoes, or kale would be tasty additions to start with. You can also go for a Southwestern twist and use this Corn and Black Bean Salsa. For that crispy, smokey flavor that bacon gives, make one of these plant-based replacements for bacon. Your mornings just got that much better with this breakfast pita pocket.
A change from normal bread, a vegan BLT pita is a nice twist on this quintessential sandwich. A vegan BLT is the easiest sandwich you can make and with only three ingredients, you can’t mess this one up! Start with fresh tomatoes and lettuce and then add in the aforementioned plant-based bacon. Tempeh is really the perfect protein to make lip-smacking bacon, and is ideal for sandwiches since it holds up well. Don’t forgot about adding moisture to your sandwich too! This Maple Sriracha Tempeh Bacon BLT uses a creamy dill mayo, or you can try one of these 5 Oil-Free Alternatives to Mayo for healthier options. Last but not least, don’t forget about adding that ingredient that makes just about everything taste better: avocado!
Pita sandwiches can make hearty breakfasts, outstanding packed lunches, and fast, inexpensive dinners. This light bread comes in handy when you want a hearty, yet healthy plant-based diet. These are only six sandwich ideas for using pita, but feel free to experiment with any ingredients you’d like. For more sandwich ideas check out these 8 Creative Ideas That Can Turn Your Veggie Sandwiches From Dull to Delish, and tell us if you have a favorite way to make a pita sandwich!
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