Easy Veggie Greek Pitas – in less than 15 minutes you’ll have warm pitas filled with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, caramelized onions and a tangy, herb-filled tzatziki sauce!
When I lived in Baltimore there was an amazing Greek restaurant within walking distance. I’m talking a couple from Greece who immigrated to the states and opened this to-die-for-Greek-food restaurant.
I’m such a traditionalist at heart that each and every time I went, a veggie gyro called my name and I couldn’t make any other choice at this restaurant. The foil wrapped pita was filled with an out of this world tangy tzatziki sauce, fresh veggies, and lotsa oregano.
Even better was that french fries were also wrapped up in the fresh, chewy, fluffy pita bread. Does anyone know if this is how it’s done in Greece? I can’t wait to go and find out, but if you’ve been please fill me in!
Now that you and I both want to hop a plane to Baltimore – or Greece – hold the phone just a second because THIS IS IT YOU GUYS!
While there aren’t any french fries in my version – or freshly handmade pita – this is real life and we are busy people – I’m not going to stop you if you go for it. And since we are in fact busy people, I have better news for you – the tzatziki sauce here is SO EASY too. Like, so easy you only need these ingredients:
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Lemon juice
- Dried herbs: oregano, dill, parsley, onion powder, sea salt
All of which are already sitting in your kitchen just begging to be thrown together. And then you spread it on fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers and caramelized onions – because we have time for a little bit of jazz in our lives, right?
Let’s talk about the onions for a minute. I am the kind of girl who prefers cooked onions, so caramelizing them until they are golden and smell of rich, sweet oniony goodness is right up my alley. If you’re having one of those “I must have this NOW” kind of moments, and you can’t fathom waiting for onions to caramelize, go ahead and add your thinly sliced raw onion to the pita. No problemo. I fully support you either way.
I know I’ve probably said enough how this is one of my favorite recipes for quick, busy nights when you need to spend less than 15 – even 10 – minutes on dinner. Guess what else you’ll love about it?! You can tweak it to your tastes and for how many servings you need. One person? Follow the recipe and have amazing leftovers for lunch or tomorrow’s quick dinner – or easily make enough for one if that’s what you’d prefer. Need dinner for 4? Double it easier than you can say Easy Veggie Greek Pitas.
Easy Veggie Greek Pitas
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1-2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
- 1 large tomato sliced
- 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber sliced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
- 2 whole wheat pita breads
- In a bowl, stir together the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, dill, parsley, onion powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Over medium heat, add olive oil to skillet. When warm, add red onion and let sit without stirring for 3-4 minutes until the slices begin to turn golden brown. Stir and continue to caramelize for an additional 2-4 minutes.
- Warm pita in microwave for 15-25 seconds. Assemble each pita by layering tomato slices, cucumber slices, onion, and sauce in each pita. Garnish with additional oregano or fresh parsley as desired.