Easy Pita Lunch Ideas

These 4 easy pita recipes are great packed for healthy lunches! All are vegetarian - prep the components ahead of time for a fast, delicious midday meal.

Easy Pita Lunch Ideas

There’s a category that’s seriously underrepresented on Love & Lemons: lunch. Lunch, for me, is the meal that happens in between all of these recipe posts. It’s usually a quick throw-together meal that utilizes a previous night’s dinner and/or an assortment of random on-hand ingredients… (ie. a half of an avocado, a few leaves of kale, leftover quinoa, an opened container of greek yogurt). I love a big lunch salad, but when I don’t have enough greens & things to make up a full meal, I take what I do have and put it in (or on) a pita.

Easy Pita Lunch Ideas

I keep these Stonefire pitas on hand, usually in my freezer for easy access – they reheat and toast up perfectly. (And yes, they are sponsoring this post, but I’ve seriously been buying their pita and flatbread for years).

You’ll notice I haven’t included actual measurements in this ingredient list – since I’m usually “cooking” for one, my measurements are truly “a bit of this, a pinch of that.” Feel free to adapt & interchange things, using what you have. Everything here can be made ahead & stored for days in the fridge. It’s all pretty packable – just keep the pita separate and stuff it when you’re ready to eat. (A soggy pita would be a pity!)

For more lunch inspiration, check out this post that’s full of Healthy Lunch Ideas.

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Easy Pita Lunch Ideas

These 4 easy sandwich recipes are some of my go-to quick, healthy lunches. They're great for packing up and taking on the go, and with 4 options, your lunch rotation will never get boring.
1. Kale & Apple Salad with Avocado
  • Kale
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • A bit of Dijon mustard
  • Squeezes of lemon
  • Apple slices
  • Avocado
  • Pine nuts
  • Salt & pepper
2. Smashed Avocado and Sunflower Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Sprinkle of sunflower seeds (or any seeds you like)
  • Salt & pepper
3. Red Pepper Hummus with Chickpeas & Feta
  • Red pepper hummus (recipe below)
  • A few chickpeas
  • Diced red onion
  • Feta
  • Pine nuts
  • Parsley
  • Red pepper flakes
Red pepper hummus (make in advance)
  • 1¼ cups chickpeas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 jarred roasted red pepper (about ¼ cup worth)
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1-2 teaspoons dry harissa seasoning
  • Water, if necessary for consistency
  • Salt & pepper
4. Carrot & Quinoa Salad with Curry Yogurt
  • Leftover cooked quinoa
  • Dried currants
  • Olive oil
  • Squeezes of lime
  • A bit of cumin
  • Shaved carrot ribbons
  • A few salad greens
  • Greek yogurt
  • A bit of curry powder
  • Salt & pepper
  1. For the Kale & Apple Salad: Chop the kale. Massage the leaves with olive oil salt and pepper until the leaves are tender. Add a bit of dijon mustard and a good squeeze of lemon. Mix with diced avocado, sliced apples, and toasted pine nuts. Stuff in pita.
  2. For the Smashed Avocado & Sunflower Seeds: Slice avocado and add a bit of lemon juice, salt & pepper. Use the back of a fork to mash it into the pita. Top with seeds.
  3. For the Red Pepper Hummus with Chickpeas & Feta: Blend all hummus ingredients together, set aside. Drizzle pita with olive oil and grill on a grill pan. Slather with hummus and top with chickpeas, red onion, feta, pine nuts and parsley. Top with a few red pepper flakes.
  4. For the Carrot & Quinoa Salad: Mix quinoa with olive oil, lime juice, cumin, currants, salt & pepper. Toss with carrot ribbons and watercress. Mix yogurt with lime, curry powder, and salt. Stuff salad in pita and top with a dollop of curry yogurt.
Some tips:
Keep your avocado un-sliced until you're ready to use it - and if you're storing a half-avocado, keep it in a plastic bag with part of a sliced onion to slow down the browning process.

Make a big batch of the quinoa salad, serve it with a protein for dinner and reuse the leftovers for lunch all week.


This post is sponsored by Stonefire, all opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep us cooking!


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  1. i love pita bread. always makes a good lunch and there is always something in the fridge to whip up and make a delicious pita sandwich.
    i am definirely going to try your combos soon.

    • jeanine

      Thanks Maureen! They definitely turn barely-a-meal leftovers into quite the filling lunch!

  2. I’m always looking for easy lunches. I like the idea of using pitas. I need to stock up a few bags in my freezer. The carrot and quinoa salad sounds really yummy, especially with the yogurt.

    • jeanine

      Thanks Janel, let me know if you try it!

  3. This is the most artistic set up of lunch ideas I have seen to date. My fave of the bunch is the avo and sunflower seed combination; full of healthy fats that we all need in our diet.
    Also I love how this idea are done one staple pita;. You have completed a week worth of thinking about lunches in one go!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Belinda! (It was a trick to get these all looking nicely in one shot) 🙂 Avo & sunflower seeds is definitely a fave of mine!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Katrina! I’m obsessed with colorful food 🙂

  4. cheri from mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com

    Love your flavor combinations. Will be making these for lunch. Thanks!

    • jeanine

      ha, #2 is definitely the one that happens around here most often – breakfast, lunch, (snack), or dinner 🙂

  5. Gorgeous photos, as always! What a great solution for leftover quinoa, a frequent problem of mine.

    • jeanine

      me too 🙂 Somehow that last 1/4 cup or so never gets used (until now) 🙂

  6. Marijs from rooftopantics.com

    These look soooo good, definitely pinning them and trying some of them next week!

  7. This is awesome! All four pit as look amazing! Can’t wait to try them out! Wonderful inspiration <3

  8. Curry yogurt! Yum! Thanks for the easy lunch fix 🙂

    • jeanine

      Hi Sarah, sure thing – I’m obsessed with curry yogurt, it’s so quick and easy – hope you like!

  9. Jenni from wellnessbyjenni.com

    Thank you for the onion trick with storing avocado halves! I didn’t know that! I almost always have half an avocado in the fridge, so I’ll definitely be trying that.

    • jeanine

      It’s amazing! You still have to scrape off a thin layer one you’re ready to use your avocado half, but it’s by far better than any other method that I’ve tried…

  10. These are all such fabulous ideas for lunch – thank you for sharing! Gorgeous photos I can’t wait to try the red pepper hummus with chickpeas and feta – I like to make one myself with regular hummus, chickpeas, feta and whatever veggies I have on hand! Healthy and quick 🙂

    • jeanine

      Hi Lousia – hope you like it – it’s our new favorite spin on hummus (we’ve been eating it for days slathered on everything 🙂

  11. Mmm all of these sound so good Jeanine! And as always, your photos are gorgeous. I have a habit of stuffing WAY too much into my pitas because I can never make up my mind when it comes to fillings, so they fall apart…. but it’s not a difficult mess to clean up. 😉

    • jeanine

      thanks Angela – I stuff mine too much too – I usually eat them over a bowl so I can scoop back in what falls out. Definitely a messy endeavour 🙂

  12. Sylvie

    i love it! great recipes 🙂

  13. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com

    These are some excellent ideas! I actually prefer recipes without amounts, since I never measure anything unless I’m baking. It’s so much more natural to just eyeball it for me. 🙂

    • jeanine

      Thanks! me too… I think everyone likes different levels of things like curry, cumin and (especially) salt! It’s sometimes hard write recipes exact amounts that are such personal preferences 🙂

  14. Yum! I love pitas! I will have to try these out. Thanks for sharing.

    • jeanine

      thanks Natalie! Let me know if you do 🙂

  15. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com

    Pitas and Naan are my favorite lunch breads. These ideas are awesome! I cannot wait to try a few of them out soon!

  16. So funny! I picked up some pita at the store this evening and made little breakfast pitas w. gouda, turkey + tofu black bean scramble! I love when this happens. haha
    Love all your stuffing ideas! So creative + delicious. Thank you–will use next time!

    • jeanine

      ha, I love those ideas that happen on the fly 🙂

  17. Nina

    THANK YOU! This is exactly what I needed to plan my lunches a bit better! I am working from home and sometimes I just don’t have inspiration for lunch. Or I have too many and start cooking an over-complicated meal that will take me hours and I’ll end up eating late, not being hungry anymore, and being angry at myself for all of that… So when I feel this kind of mood I cook some pasta, that’s always a win! But sometimes I want a quick and fresh meal, someting crunchy, or creamy like hummus (that I LOVE but never know how to use…), something that I can eat in front of my computer when I have some work to do, and these ideas are just perfect for that! I’m going to fill my freezer with pita!

    • jeanine

      You’re welcome! I totally hear you… Even though it took some planning for me to put together this post, I’m actually really terrible at heading to the store and pre-planning meals. I find it’s easy to get creative when I just make sure I have some kind of green, some kind of crunchy thing, some kind of protein, and something creamy (and then in this case, pitas!).

      …and then I try to limit myself to not toss in ten thousand other ingredients – which is also hard. 🙂

  18. Ashe from oraclemoon.co

    I came across this on Pinterest, so naturally I ran to Bloglovin to comment. Not sure why but anyway.. I love this! Pita are so underestimated and lunch is always my “big” meal.

    • jeanine

      ha, thanks – glad you were inspired to comment 🙂

  19. Melissa from Www.thewhimsicalwife.com

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas for lunch. Love the look of the kale and Apple pita.

  20. Joyti from darjeelingdreams.com

    My semester just started (last semester, eeeps!) just started, and I’ve been worrying about quick bag lunches. Your post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. The red pepper hummus, in particular, sounds delicious (they all do, but that one is the most appealing to me at this moment).

    Gorgeous pics!

    • jeanine

      so glad! Good luck in your last semester, hope you like the hummus 🙂

  21. Kate

    These look divine! Your photos & ideas are fabulous! I’ve never seen those pitas…what’s the ingredient statement look like, is it pretty clean? I couldn’t find it on their website!

  22. Love those pitas! I love pitas for lunch, I usually have some combination of a leftover sandwich or salad. Pitas/wraps are great for stuffing leftovers in.

  23. These are such good ideas, especially since I always find I’m so uninspired when it comes to lunch ha. Thank you!

  24. i’m so with you about lunch! it is probably my favorite meal {when i go out to a restaurant} but because of time i am generally just throwing together a quick salad or sandwich. definitely going to be trying to pita with avocado and the one with hummus 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  25. Sini from myblueandwhitekitchen.com

    Oh I simply can’t decide which one I love the most. Hmmm… I think #1 and #2 are my faves. Anyway, a great, inspiring post!

  26. Leah from blog.leahsprague.com

    These all look so delicious! I usually begin putting a bunch of stuff on top of pitas, then only hummus, and then finally I give in and eat the pita plain. Its perfect any way! Thanks for the great ideas 🙂

  27. sara from cupcakemuffin.blogspot.com

    LOVE these ideas, especially that red pepper hummus version!

  28. Pammy

    Thank you for posting these easy pita combos. I made the first one tonight for dinner for me and my husband. We were both super impressed with how delicious the simple kale recipe is! I chopped extra apple and put with pb for a side. 🙂 I was feeling ambitious in the kitchen tonight, so I made the pitas from scratch, too (pretty easy if this girl can do it).

    I’m going to do recipe #2 for lunch tomorrow at work. I’m pretty pumped, especially after reading all of the rave reviews on #2!

    Thanks again! 🙂

    • jeanine

      so glad you liked it! Wow, making your own pita is so ambitious 🙂

  29. Natalie

    The print isn’t working on this one 🙁

  30. Laura Pires da Mata Costa

    Hey! Can I change the dijon mustard for something else? 😀 Thanks!

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