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Turkish Pitas with Hummus and Lamb
cucumber and tomato salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
This quick dinner is inspired by traditional Turkish flatbreads topped with spiced ground meat (Lahmacun). We've added our own twist with creamy hummus and toasted pine nuts. Serve the salad on the side or pile it on top of the finished pitas.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Turkish Pitas with Hummus and Lamb:
  • Pine nuts (opt) - 2 Tbsp
  • Allspice - 2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/4 tsp
  • Shallots - 1, minced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Parsley, fresh, flat-leaf - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Lamb, ground (sub ground turkey, beef, or pork) - 1 lb
  • Pita bread (sub any variety of flatbread) - 4 rounds
  • Hummus - 8 oz
  • Lemons - 1/2, juice of
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Paprika Vinaigrette:
  • Cucumbers, medium - 1, chopped
  • Tomatoes, large - 1, chopped
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 3 oz

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Prep

  1. Toast pine nuts (if making the hummus pasta on Thursday night, toast pine nuts for both nights at the same time) in a frying pan over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes, until pine nuts are golden and fragrant. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make spice mix - Combine allspice, paprika (the portion for the pita) and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Shallots / Garlic - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Cucumbers / Tomatoes / Parsley - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Make salad dressing by combining paprika, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup and oil. Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add shallots, garlic and spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Add lamb and season with some salt and pepper. Saute until cooked through and no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Strain any excess liquid or grease out of pan.
  3. Cover pita rounds with a slightly damp paper towel (to prevent drying out) and microwave just until warm, 20 to 30 seconds. Using a spatula or large spoon, spread each pita round with hummus. Top evenly with lamb mixture and sprinkle with parsley and toasted pine nuts. Squeeze lemon juice over top.
  4. Toss cucumbers, tomatoes and greens with salad dressing.
  5. Use a pizza slicer to cut pitas into wedges or serve whole and roll up like wraps. Enjoy with salad on the side!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (166)
Gluten-free (10)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (21)

69 reviews

Pretty good, was enjoyable but the cinnamon was a bit odd. I don't love meals with this many pre-made parts so prominent (the pita, the hummus). Left out pine nuts bc of allergy.

By: Kayla
Posted: May 23, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Used ground beef but I think Lamb would've been even better. Still giving it 5 stars! This was delicious. Used a GF pizza dough recipe off of frugal farm girl site and it made the perfect flatbread for these. Pine nuts were what made the dish in our opinion so don't leave them out! Yummm!!!

By: Anita
Posted: May 23, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Subbed mozzarella and ground beef

By: Kristin
Posted: May 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Use lamb. This is so good! We ended up with leftover spinach and lamb and feta this week which made a perfect omelette.

By: Renee
Posted: May 07, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was quite good! The salad was unremarkable but the pitas were very tasty. Subbed sunflower seeds for the more expensive pine nuts.

By: Amber
Posted: Apr 29, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

My husband especially loved this.

By: Rachel
Posted: Apr 17, 2019
Diet: Original
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