Middle Eastern-Style Beef Pitas with Butter Lettuce & Date Salad

Middle Eastern-Style Beef Pitas

with Butter Lettuce & Date Salad

20 MIN
2 Servings
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This flavorful dish features herby za’atar-spiced beef, which we’re piling onto warm pitas alongside creamy garlic-seasoned labneh. A salad of butter lettuce tossed with crisp radishes and sweet dates offers refreshing contrast.
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Middle Eastern-Style Beef Pitas with Butter Lettuce & Date Salad
Title
  • 8 oz Thinly Sliced Beef
  • 2 Pocketless Pitas
  • 1 head Butter Lettuce
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 3 oz Radishes
  • 2 oz Dried Medjool Dates
  • ¼ cup Labneh Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Za'atar Seasoning (Ground Sumac, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Ground Thyme, Whole Dried Oregano & Crushed Aleppo Pepper)
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Prepare the ingredients & start the salad
1 Prepare the ingredients & start the salad

If you prefer to use an oven to warm the pitas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. In a large bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, chopped dates, and sliced radishes.

Cook the beef
2 Cook the beef

Separate the beef and pat dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and enough of the za’atar to coat (you may have extra); toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned beef in an even layer and cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until browned and just cooked through. Add half the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat.

Warm the pitas
3 Warm the pitas

Meanwhile, if using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel; microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. If using the oven, wrap the pitas in foil and place directly onto the oven rack; warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

Make the garlic labneh
4 Make the garlic labneh

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the labneh, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the pitas
5 Finish the pitas

Spread the garlic labneh onto the warmed pitas. Top with the cooked beef and a drizzle of olive oil

Finish the salad & serve your dish
6 Finish the salad & serve your dish

Just before serving, to the bowl of salad ingredients, add the remaining vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pitas with the finished salad on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients & start the salad
1 Prepare the ingredients & start the salad

If you prefer to use an oven to warm the pitas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. In a large bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, chopped dates, and sliced radishes.

2 Cook the beef

Separate the beef and pat dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and enough of the za’atar to coat (you may have extra); toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned beef in an even layer and cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until browned and just cooked through. Add half the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat.

Cook the beef
Warm the pitas
3 Warm the pitas

Meanwhile, if using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel; microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. If using the oven, wrap the pitas in foil and place directly onto the oven rack; warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

4 Make the garlic labneh

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the labneh, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the garlic labneh
Finish the pitas
5 Finish the pitas

Spread the garlic labneh onto the warmed pitas. Top with the cooked beef and a drizzle of olive oil

6 Finish the salad & serve your dish

Just before serving, to the bowl of salad ingredients, add the remaining vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pitas with the finished salad on the side. Enjoy!

Finish the salad & serve your dish
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