Wild and Crazy Pocket Salad Recipes

Pocket Salad Pocket salads are a unique way to enjoy a salad. They are made from pita bread and a variety of pocket fillings. Pita is of Greek origin and is slightly unleavened wheat bread and flat and oval or round...

Pocket Salad
Pocket Salad

Pocket salads are a unique way to enjoy a salad. They are made from pita bread and a variety of pocket fillings. Pita is of Greek origin and is slightly unleavened wheat bread and flat and oval or round in shape. Pita is baked at high temperatures (450 degrees) and causes the flattened rounds of dough to puff dramatically while cooking and then deflate as the bread cools. The inside layers of bread remain separated after the bread deflates and allows the bread to be opened into pockets.

Pita is used to scoop dip such as humus or sauces and to wrap falafel, gyros or kebabs. Pitas are also the perfect vehicle for a variety of salads that morph into a sandwich. The pocket salad can be served cold or warm. Pocket salads are  a different way to enjoy a salad and a sandwich.

Pocket Garden Salad

Assemble the traditional garden salad with your favorite vegetables such as lettuce, chopped tomatoes, onions and cucumber, peppers, bacon bits or ham, croutons, cheese squares and chopped pepperoni. Cut of the top eighth of the pita bread off to create a pocket and fill the pouch with salad. Add a generous dose of your favorite salad dressing and enjoy your pocket salad with a side of chips or potato salad.

Aunt Jean’s Tuna Salad Pocket Sandwich

Mix one can of tuna packed in water with chopped celery, onions, peppers and pickles, one tablespoon of pickle juice and mayonnaise. Cut the top eighth of the pita off to create a pocket and line the pouch with lettuce. Add the thoroughly mixed tuna to the pocket and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the pocket tuna with a handful of potato chips and carrot sticks. Other additives that can be added to tuna are chopped cucumbers, hot peppers, pickle relish or walnuts. For a dash of health, substitute plain yogurt for the mayonnaise.

Pocket Tuna Salad with Cottage Cheese
Pocket Tuna Salad with Cottage Cheese

Uncle Eddie’s Bean and Hot Dog Salad Pockets

For fans of the standard Saturday night special, beans and hot dogs, this pocket salad sandwich will bring back memories of yester-year, or at least last Saturday night. Cook your favorite brand of hot dogs on the grill, in the oven or on the stove. Heat your favorite brand of baked beans, unless the culinary mood strikes and you bake your own beans, and add chopped onions and peppers. Cut the hot dogs into bite size pieces and mix with the beans. Cut the top eighth off the pita and fill the pocket with the bean and hot dog mixture. Top with mustard or ketchup and enjoy with a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Triple Meat Salad Pockets

Shred ¼ pound each of roast beef, turkey and ham and mix together in a bowl. Add in chopped onion, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce and mayonnaise and mix well. Cut the top eighth of the pita off and warm the pita in the oven. Fill the pouch with the triple meat mix and top with cooked, chopped bacon and croutons. Serve with a hearty soup and bread sticks.

The combination of salads is endless and only limited by the imagination. For more salad recipes visit our Salad Archives or contact us. Thank you.