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Arugula and Spinach Stuffed Pitas with Watercress Pesto

Arugula and Spinach Stuffed Pitas with Watercress Pesto

Serves: 4

Category: Burgers, Pizza, Wraps and Chips
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This veggie-stuffed pita bursts with flavor thanks to a wonderful no-oil pesto made with basil, watercress, roasted garlic and walnuts.

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For the Pesto:
1 bulb garlic
2 cups watercress
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts
4 tablespoons unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
For the Sandwich:
4 100% whole grain pitas
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 cups arugula
2 cups spinach
1 avocado, pit removed, sliced


Slice bottom edge including root off garlic bulb. Roast garlic for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F or until soft. Cut open cloves and squeeze out soft cooked garlic. Combine the roasted garlic with the other pesto ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.

Spread pesto on whole grain pitas. Stuff pita with the remaining sandwich ingredients.

Calories 280; Protein 9 g; Carbohydrates 30 g; Sugars 2 g; Total Fat 16.1 g; Saturated Fat 1.7 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 144 mg; Fiber 7.9 g; Beta-Carotene 3054 ug; Vitamin C 25 mg; Calcium 125 mg; Iron 2.9 mg; Folate 100 ug; Magnesium 69 mg; Potassium 583 mg; Zinc 1.1 mg; Selenium 2.2 ug

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11/18/2011 04:32 PM

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These are awesome. I added a little chopped cilantro and made them into wraps using whole spelt tortilllas from Whole Foods. I highly recommend this dish!


10/12/2012 03:34 PM

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Great idea, thanks!


07/18/2013 02:52 PM

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Has anyone made the pesto in batches and frozen it?


06/11/2016 06:08 PM

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I do want to make these burgers but my oven broke. Can I roast the garlic in a toaster oven? Thanks.
This comment was last edited on 06/11/2016 06:09 PM


07/10/2016 11:45 AM

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1. Since the question about toaster oven is recent, I'll tack on and say I'm also interested in the answer. (I'm a newbie here. :) ) Toaster oven would be nice to avoid oven heat in summer. 2. An added question on the pesto recipe: I'm assuming this would work with basil in place of some of the watercress? (Lots of basil in my new garden!) I'm thrilled to find this oil-free pesto recipe since I'm just getting started here, and I love it that people add comments after the recipes. Thanks!

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07/11/2016 09:49 AM

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The toaster oven should be fine for roasting garlic. Basil can be used in place of watercress.


04/12/2018 08:51 PM

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This is very refreshing.  This is something that would be good on a spring or summer day.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Rating:  4 out of 5.


06/12/2018 11:58 AM

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Does anyone besides me find that watercress is very bitter? It's not the watercress I remember as a child. I haven't been able to find any I like. Any suggestions?

I think I'll just try making the pesto with kale, spinach or argula.


06/13/2018 04:38 PM

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Had this for lunch today. It’s really quite delicious and filling, even if you happen to forget the avocado, which I did. Crushed garlic can be used instead of baking it and cilantro works well in place of watercress. Arugula fresh from the garden is ideal, and it’s really easy to grow, too.