Thursday, March 9, 2023

Lunch Ideas: Easy Mediterranean Turkey Pita Sandwiches

Deli turkey and slices of cucumber and red onion, sit on a bed of spinach that has been doused with a wonderful yogurt sauce.  This makes for one heck of a Mediterranean Turkey Pit Sandwich!

Easy Mediterranean Turkey Pita Sandwiches

One thing that came from the pandemic is working from home.  A whole new dynamic.  Last year they decided to give employees the option to continue working from home indefinitely.  In doing so I have found that I had to learn to make some really easy and quick lunches.  Because who wants to spend their lunch hour cooking?  Not me!  Since sandwiches are a stand-by I thought I would get creative with it while still keeping is quick and simple.

The use a Greek-style pita (the one without the pocket) is the base for this sandwich.  For a Mediterranean spin I chose ingredients such as deli sliced turkey, spinach, onion, and cucumber to keep it simple.  To jazz it up a bit I created a delicious yogurt dip that will be used in place of a sandwich spread of mustard or mayo.  Greek yogurt is mixed with lemon juice, minced garlic, and some chopped dill for a zesty flavor.  This ties all the ingredients together to make a tasty, quick and easy lunch.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • deli turkey slices
  • cucumber
  • spinach
  • red onion
  • Greek yogurt
  • fresh lemon
  • dill
  • fresh garlic
  • pita bread

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use deli chicken, ham, or roast beef
  • Substitute lettuce for the spinach or use arugula or alfalfa sprouts
  • Make this on Naan, flatbread, or inside a pita pocket

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • I use Greek-style pita bread.  It doesn't have a pocket and is a bit softer and slightly thicker.  I find these hold up better when creating a wrap style sandwich.

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Easy Mediterranean Turkey Pita Sandwiches

serves 4

1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 - 1/2 lb. deli-sliced turkey
1 English cucumber, sliced lengthwise
1 small red onion, cut into wedges
2 cups baby spinach
4 pitas

Make the yogurt sauce in a small bowl by adding yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill. Stir to combine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

To assemble sandwiches:  Top each pita evenly about 1/2 cup of baby spinach.  Drizzle or plop yogurt mixture over the spinach.  Add 3 slices of deli turkey and layer the cucumber and onion on top and season with salt & pepper.  Serve.  

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