Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  425
  • Protein  31 g
  • Carbohydrates  37 g
  • Fat  17 g
  • Cholesterol  80 mg
  • Sodium  398 mg
  • Potassium  560 mg
  • Phosphorus  330 mg
  • Calcium  156 mg
  • Fiber  3.5 g

Greek Turkey Pitas

Kris, a DaVita renal dietitian from Michigan, found an interesting recipe for Greek Turkey Pitas in a cookbook and modified it for the dialysis diet. According to Kris, even her son, who is a picky eater, thinks it mighty tasty.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe modified from “You’ve Got It Made” cookbook by Marian Burros and submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Kris from Michigan.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1 sandwich


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1/2 fresh tomato
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 white pitas, 6-inch size


  1. In skillet, heat oil and brown ground turkey; separate larger pieces with fork.
  2. Chop onion, garlic and bell pepper.
  3. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, oregano, thyme and black pepper to skillet with turkey; cook until onion is soft.
  4. Add vinegar. The turkey mixture can be refrigerated at this point until ready to serve pitas.
  5. Cube cucumber into small pieces; thinly slice tomato and split scallions in half.
  6. In a separate bowl, gently mix the cucumber into the sour cream; let stand while the pitas are prepared.
  7. In a skillet lightly coated with olive oil, brown the pitas on both sides; stack pitas on a plate and cover to keep warm. Cut pitas in half.
  8. Stuff each half with the meat mixture, and top with the sour cream mixture; serve with a scallion half and a tomato slice as a garnish.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • This recipe can be made a couple of days ahead as separate turkey and topping mixtures and assembled right before the meal; this allows the flavors to mingle in the topping, and saves effort at dinnertime.
  • The sandwiches can be served stuffed or unstuffed. If the peppers are chopped before adding to the turkey mixture, it is easier to stuff the pitas. Sliced red peppers are more festive-looking if the mixture is served on a plate with the cut pitas on the side.
  • Red or green peppers can be used, but the red pepper mixture is sweeter and looks more appealing.

Write a Comment

Already have a account? Sign in to review. If not, register now.

Tell us what you think.

Rate it:

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see frequently asked questions.

What's everyone saying?

2 Comments | Average User Rating:

Greek Turkey Pitas

regangmaxwell says:


Execellent, tasty, lite dish...

Jul. 10, 2010, 12:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

Greek Turkey Pitas

regangmaxwell says:


Execellent, tasty, lite dish...

Jul. 10, 2010, 12:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

Have No Fear, Diet Helper is Here

Get kidney-friendly meal plans with DaVita Diet Helper.

Start Today

Recipe Alerts-
Sign Up

Receive a monthly newsletter with our newest kidney-friendly recipes.

Sign Up Today

Download a Cookbook

Get a free recipe collection from the DaVita kitchen.

Start Today

Food Analyzer

Manage your kidney diet by finding values for 13 nutrients, including potassium and phosphorus.

Analyze Now

Phosphorus Challenge

Use this tool to learn about the important role phosphorus plays in the kidney diet.

Sign Up Today

Kidney Diet Tips Blog

Recipes, tips and news for people on a kidney diet.

Read Now


© 2004-2014 DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy of medical information | Web Privacy Policy | Safe Harbor Privacy | FAQs | Site map
This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a physician.
Please check with a physician if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. If you are experiencing urgent medical conditions, call 9-1-1