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6 Pita Bread Alternatives: Infuse New Tastes

Okay, so pita bread is great and all, but who doesn’t love a bit of variety? We’re always on the lookout for ways to switch up our meals without complicating things.

I remember the first time I tried a warm, soft pita and thought, “This. This is what I’ve been missing.” But sometimes, even our favorites can use a little step aside.

That’s where these pita bread alternatives come in. We’ll introduce you to six awesome swaps that bring new flavors and textures to your plate. We promise, you’ll want to try these out on your next meal.

6 Easy Substitutes for Pita Bread

For those who may not be familiar, pita bread is a Middle Eastern flatbread that is rounded and hollow in the middle. It’s typically used as a wrap for sandwiches or served with dips like hummus or baba ganoush.

While it’s delicious, there are times when you might want to mix things up and try something new. Here are six great alternatives to traditional pita bread:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dish
Naan BreadSoft, slightly tangySoft, pliable1:1Indian dishes, wraps
FlatbreadNeutralCrispy, crunchy1:1Sandwiches, appetizers
FocacciaHerby, slightly sweetSoft, airy1:1Italian dishes, sandwiches
LavashCrispy, slightly saltyCrispy, thin1:1Middle Eastern dishes, wraps
TortillaMild, slightly sweetSoft, pliable1:1Mexican dishes, wraps
CrostiniCrispy, slightly butteryCrispy, thin1:1Appetizers, snacks

1 – Naan Bread

In case you haven’t discovered naan bread yet, you’re in for a treat. Naan is like pita’s fluffier cousin from South Asia.

It’s a bit thicker, so it’s great for those heartier fillings. Think of a wrap that hugs your fillings tight but stays soft with each bite. Swap it one for one with your pita bread in any recipe.

If you like a bit of chew and perfectly charred edges, naan’s got you covered. We love to warm it up lightly in the oven. It gives that fresh, homemade feel.

Next up, let’s explore more options!

2 – Flatbread

For those who need something super versatile, flatbread is your new BFF. It’s thin and crispy, perfect for quick meals or snacks. We love how it complements everything from savory fillings to sweet toppings.

Flatbread is usually softer than pita and has a more neutral taste. This makes it an ideal base for bold flavors.

Use it one-to-one in place of pita. It’s easy to find and quick to warm up. Wanna make a flatbread wrap? Just throw your favorite veggies and sauce, and you’re set.

3 – Focaccia

If you’re into a bread that’s light yet bursting with flavor, focaccia is perfect. We’re talking about bread that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

It’s basically a pizza crust’s cooler cousin. Great for sandwiches, or as a side for soups and salads.

Focaccia brings in a hit of olive oil and herbs. A treat for those who love simple yet rich tastes.

Swap focaccia for pita bread in a 1:1 ratio. Warm it up slightly, and you’re good to go.

Try it out next time you want a tasty bread upgrade!

4 – Lavash

In terms of versatility, lavash is an all-star. This soft, thin flatbread hails from Armenia and packs a punch as a pita substitute. Lavash is pliable and great for wraps or layering in casseroles. We love how it doesn’t overpower your dish but instead lets the fillings shine.

Ever tried lavash? It’s like pita, but easier to manage. Wrap your favorite ingredients, toast it slightly, and you’ve got a meal. The texture is different; it’s more flexible than pita, making it perfect for intricate wraps.

For substitutions, use lavash in a one-to-one swap with pita. Grab some next time you’re at the store!

5 – Tortilla

Tortillas are next on our list! Soft, versatile, and oh-so-delicious. We use these all the time for wraps, quesadillas, and even as a quick pizza base. They’re thinner than pita and have a chewiness that’s just perfect.

Tortillas shine with all kinds of fillings, from grilled veggies to savory meats. They’re easy to roll and don’t overpower your dish. Use them in a 1:1 swap with pita.

Warm them up slightly for best results. If you’re intrigued by tortilla substitutes, check out this article for more ideas.

6 – Crostini

Last on our list, we’re diving into crostini. These little toasted slices of heaven are great for adding some crunch to your meal. Crostini are sliced thin, toasted, and often rubbed with a bit of garlic and drizzled in olive oil. They’re like bite-sized pieces of joy that you can top with anything.

Here’s why crostini work as a pita substitute: they add a crispy texture that’s perfect for dips or as a base for your favorite toppings. They’re a little unconventional but give a fun twist to your meals.

We love them for quick snacks and party platters. Grab a baguette, slice it thin, and toast. Swap crostini for pita in a 1:1 ratio and enjoy the crunch.