Crunchy Garden Italian Pita Pocket

Crunchy Garden Italian Pita Pocket  this is an old fashioned recipe that is a staple at many potlucks and picnics.  This is also great as a deliciously easy lunch or dinner idea!Crunchy Garden Pita Pockets

I remember having these Crunchy Garden Italian Pita Pockets at quite a many potlucks over the years. I recently ran across the recipe in one of my many vintage cookbooks and was reminded of it – and of how much I really enjoyed them. So, I decided to whip up a batch for a quick and easy meal for my family.

You can make the crunchy garden filling a couple days ahead of time to save time if you like, or just to keep in the fridge for a quick lunch or dinner option. This is definitely a great recipe if you are looking to add some variety to your meal planning.

What goes inside of a Crunchy Garden Italian Pita Pocket?

Well, first you need a piece of pita bread. Halved. Then the inside opens up like a little pocket and you can fill it on up.

In addition to the pita bread, you will also need:

  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 12 pitted olives, sliced (I like to use a combination of olives here for extra flavor & color)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (any onion will do but use red if you want an extra burst of color)
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing 
  • sliced deli ham
  • sliced deli turkey (or chicken)
  • Cheese slices (of your choice)

The cucumber, olives, onion, & Italian dressing are combined beforehand and marinated for at least an hour in the fridge for optimum flavor. Sometimes I like to add finely diced radishes to this mixture too for an extra bite.

What if I don’t like cucumbers? Or olives? Or onions?

Substitute whatever vegetables for this that you’d rather have or suit your flavors a little better. Nuts are also really good mixed with this.

Marinated vegetables for crunchy garden pockets

So, I know what’s in it. How do I assemble the pita pocket?

Simple! Just fill the pita pocket halves with the deli meat & cheese and then the marinated vegetable mixture. Easy peasy!

What should I serve with the Crunchy Garden Pockets?

These are great all on their own to be honest with you! They also make a great appetizer or party snack.

If you’d like a side dish to go along with this, here are some great options.

Crunchy Garden Pita Pockets

Crunchy Garden Italian Pita Pockets


  • 1 Cucumber Chopped (you can peel it or leave skin on)
  • 12 Pitted olives Sliced
  • 1 Small onion Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Italian dressing
  • Deli ham slices
  • Deli turkey slices (or chicken)
  • sliced cheese of your choice
  • 4 Pita breads Cut in half


  • Mix the cucumber, pitted olives, and onion together with the Italian dressing. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up til overnight to marinate.
  • Fill the pita bread halves with ham, turkey (or chicken), cheese singles, and marinated vegetable mixture.


Sometimes I like to add finely diced radishes to the marinated vegetable mixture for an added bite.