Portrait of a Lunch

Make a Souvlaki-Style Sandwich That Requires Zero Waiting in Line

The lure of food trucks and corner delis is probably high—but if this column is about anything, it’s about making the case that your best weekday lunches can be had with less time and money. Case in point: this ready-in-a-snap pita sandwich, which brings some Greek flavor to your midday hour with only minimal chopping and absolutely no cooking, even.

Buy a rotisserie chicken and pitas that have a pocket—it should say so on the outside of the package. n the morning, make a dressing by whisking together a few spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt, one third of a cucumber, grated on a box grater, a clove of finely chopped garlic (or more to taste), a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of lemon. Toss with a large handful of torn up rotisserie chicken and pack it into a small container. Fill another container with a few slices of cucumber and some chopped or sliced tomato. (Keeping things separate until the last moment will prevent them from getting soggy.) Put it all together when you’re ready to eat, layering the chicken and veggies in the pita, and try not to look too smug when your co-workers come back from having spent their whole lunch hour waiting for their order to come up.

To make things even heartier, pack a hardboiled egg to peel and slice. It’s great on the side, or if you’re feeling wild, you could even add it to your sandwich. Keep the Mediterranean theme going with dessert of some dried apricots—a.k.a. nature’s gummy bears.