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Greek Pitas with Red Lentils and Cucumber Dressing

November 5, 2012

A few weeks ago, one of my oldest friends and neighbor, invited us over for dinner. Their twins and Serafina played around the yard. Although Serafina did disappear awhile to play with all of their exciting toys. Our friends, who are firmly rooted carnivores, made us the nicest vegetarian meal. We loved it so much that we talked about it for days, to the point that people were probably worried about our sanity, especially since the meal is deliciously simple. Of course, our neighbors will insist that it was a simple meal that they didn’t invent. However, we love it for its simple fresh taste and easy weeknight nature.

We used fresh feta, the type you chop off a block. Although I have been known to buy the pre-crumbled feta for quick salad making, the fresh block feta adds so much flavor that it is well worth the minute of chopping. I found one pita to be enough for me, but AAM enjoyed two. We also just combined the veggies and dressing together in small tupperware to assemble sandwiches at work the next day.

Greek Pitas with Red Lentils and Cucumber Dressing

  • 2 cups of lentils
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tb of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of chopped cucumbers
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup of chopped feta
  • 8 pitas

1.In a saucepan, combine the water, lentils, salt, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then settle down to a low simmer. Stir occasionally. Cook on the stovetop for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through.

2. Meanwhile, mix together the cucumbers and greek yogurt.

3. Assemble your veggies. Microwave or heat your pita in the oven a little to warm it, then slice it open.

4. Make your pita sandwiches. First add lentils, then the cucumber dressing, lettuce, feta, and tomatoes. Enjoy!

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