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Greek Halloumi and Vegetable Pita Pockets
with tzatziki / carrot sticks

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Halloumi is a semi-hard brined cheese that has a high-melting point, perfect for frying or grilling. We sear it on the stove-top to get a delicious golden brown color and serve it with veggies and tzatziki for a Greek-inspired pita pocket.
Smarts: Make the tzatziki ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop and save some dinnertime prep!


  • Cucumbers - 8 oz , finely diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Mint, fresh - 2 Tbsp , chopped
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1 cup
Greek Halloumi and Vegetable Pita Pockets:
  • Carrots - 8 oz , sticks for dipping
  • Cheese, Halloumi - 12 oz , 1/2" / 1.3 cm thick slices
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 2 , thinly sliced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 4 leaves , torn
  • Pita bread - 4 rounds
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp


  1. Make tzatziki - Dice cucumbers. Chop garlic and mint. Combine cucumbers, garlic, mint, and yogurt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Carrots (and celery if you have any leftover) - Slice into sticks for dipping. If prepping ahead, soak in water to help them stay crisp. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Halloumi - Rinse halloumi (it’s often stored in salt water and will benefit from a quick rinse). Slice into 1/2" / 1.3 cm thick slices. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  5. Pita - Slice pita in half and gently pull apart to form pockets. (Note: Don’t worry if your pita rounds won’t easily form pockets. You can use the two halves like hamburger buns and assemble them with the halloumi and toppings in the middle.)

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  1. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan with cooking oil and then place halloumi slices on heated oil.
  2. Cook halloumi slices on both sides until deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes total.
  3. Heat pita pockets in the microwave or toaster just until warm.
  4. Assemble pita pockets by filling each pita half with lettuce, tomatoes, halloumi, and some tzatziki. (As noted above, you can also just stack the toppings between two pita pocket halves like a more traditional burger.)
  5. Serve pita pockets with carrots (and celery, if using) and remaining tzatziki on the side for dipping. Enjoy!



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