Rice & Tuna Salad In A Pita

pita sandwich

Rice & Tuna “salad” in a pita bread

Several days ago, I had some leftover rice, a couple of pieces of pita bread, and a hungry kid. It was lunchtime. I wanted to do something with the rice as I had other plans for dinner that did not include rice.  In the fridge, I had some homemade tzatziki sauce and wondered what I could do with what I had to come up with a quick lunch.  Some thoughts just kind of went through my mind and I came up with what you see in the photo.

I’m not a great photographer and the angles are probably all wrong – that is a large dinner plate that the half pita bread is sitting on, and the pita was quite stuffed full of the mixture I made.  Not only did I enjoy lunch, but so did the hungry boy I had to feed!

I like a bit of “crunch” in my sandwiches that are made like this, so I made sure I had celery (check), and of course, there are always onions around too. You may not have the same ingredients on hand that I did, but perhaps it will give you some ideas when you are not sure what to make for lunch, but have leftover rice and perhaps a tin of tuna in the cupboard. I prefer flaked tuna myself over chunk, when I buy tuna in cans.


  • Pita Bread with “pocket”
  • 2 Cups of cooked rice
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • ½ tomato, diced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stock, chopped
  • ¾ cup tzatziki sauce
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Parsley for garnish


Combine the rice, tuna, tomato, onion, celery, tzatziki sauce and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well.

Add this to the pita pocket, filling it up. Garnish with parsley.

In a future post, I’ll provide my recipe for tzatziki sauce that I used.