Mediterranian Lamb in a Pita

There is a severe lack of lunchtime eateries near where I work. Unless you wanr to brave the cafeteria, there are basically 3 options, all of which involve overpriced sandwiches. The Spring comes, and the carts come back. Sure some of it is your run of the mill street meat, but there are some carts that are really special. The Greek cart is one of my favorites, but they do tend to be on the expensive side.

I started making these sandwiches last year, as a dinner time alternative to my favorite chicken souvlaki from the cart. It’s evolved since then, and at this point I think my version is better. Marinated, grilled lamb and “the sauce” make a very flavorful meal. I cut back on the oil and use fat free yogurt as the base for the sauce in order to lighten this up. I also try to use whatever the healthiest pitas that look good are… I feel like our store can never stick to carrying anything, and the selection is always vastly different. Sometimes I’ll use whole wheat if they don’t look too dry. This time I used Joseph’s pitas with soy protein and I was very happy with them- they were nice and soft, and the extra protein made them really filling.

For dinner, I like to serve these with baked potato wedges seasoned with rosemary. I dip those in the extra sauce. Then I use the leftover lamb, olives, and cheese to make a salad for the next day’s lunch.

  • 1 lb lamb leg slice (can substitute boneless chicken breast)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • juice from 1 lemon, divided
  • oregano, marjoram and thyme
  • 1 small container fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp dill
  • sea salt (optional) and cracked pepper
  • 2 c romaine hearts, torn
  • 12 kalamata olives, chopped
  • 4 tsp crumbled feta
  • red onion, sliced
  • 4 pita breads

Mix together oil, 1/2 the lemon juice, oregano, marjoram, and thyme. Let lamb marinate in the mixture for a half hour.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: wrap cucumber in a paper towel and squeeze out excess water. Combine cucumber, yogurt, remaining lemon juice, garlic, dill and cracked black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Grill lamb to your desired level of done-ness (I suggest medium-rare). Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing against the grain into thin strips. Rub each pita with a little sea salt (optional) and throw on the grill for a few seconds to warm. Top each pita with yogurt sauce, romaine, lamb, feta, olives, and onion.

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Comments

  1. Yum! Dude, these look epically delicious. I am so imagining the tangy yogurt now. Mmmmm.

  2. well done, I would pick this over street meat anytime – and we have some decent street meet in NYC….

  3. I love greek food, in fact, I just made falafel this weekend!

  4. Ooooo….delish. It’s been a while since I’ve had Mediterranian food. There’s this place near home house that I shall make my presence known very very soon. =)

  5. I am SO glad that you stopped by my blog because it brought me to yours and I’m always looking for new, great recipes. Thanks a lot for coming by! This recipe looks great– can’t wait to see more!!!

  6. LOVE the new header!!!

  7. I agree with Carol! The new look is great!

    This looks incredible!

  8. Jane- thanks! really, we make this sometimes just as an excuse to make the sauce.
    doggybloggy- we have some good stuff here too, but there’s always something kind of disconcerting about eating something that was cooked on the side of the road. lol
    sara- I love falafel too!
    jenn- sounds good!
    sarah- thanks so much! and thanks for stopping by!
    cg and sarah- thanks! I thought it was about time for a new look, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

  9. Yum!! That looks delicious … I love me some Mediterranean food!! (I really like the new look, too ; )

  10. This looks so delicious and healthy!!!

  11. that pita looks amazing!

  12. I love lamb and especially on a pita with veggies and yogurt sauce. This looks delicious and much better than buying it! Congrats on your award too!

  13. Oh wow. This looks awesome! I’ve never eat lamb – always have some quasi-moral aversion to it (really, I think I just read too many stories about cute little lambs as a child) – but this is making me think twice about that.

  14. Heather says:

    That sounds great! Though I’m kind of with ValleyWriter, I would probably make this with chicken instead.

    And thanks for the award<3

  15. This sounds so awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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