Greek Garden Salsa with Pita Chips

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Everyone raves about my Greek Garden Salsa with crunchy toasted pita chips when I serve it at a gathering. It makes for an excellent appetizer for a large group. When creating this recipe, I considered a salsa that had few Greek ingredients, that could be could be served with pita bread. This is a summer recipe using fresh tomatoes so look for them at your farmer’s markets or consider growing them in your garden. This garden salsa can be made ahead of time, or even the day before. The pita chips may be made in advanced as well, just slip them into a sealed container or plastic bag. Leftover salsa can be used the next day for a topping on your eggs, chicken, fish, or meat. Looking for a great pita bread is so important, make sure you purchase from a store that rotates their bread often. We often use Kronos Pita Bread. Also available is wheat pita and gluten-free pita.

The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

  • Lycopene makes tomatoes a key food to fight cancer, and heart disease.
  • Tomatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and flavonol antioxidants.
  • Carotenoids are abundant in green and yellow-orange vegetables and fruits and help to defend the body’s tissues against oxidative damage, which is a natural byproduct of our metabolic processes.

Greek Garden Salsa

Greek Garden Salsa with Pita Chips

This Greek salsa served with toasted pita chips explodes with fresh garden flavors. Make it ahead, cover and place in the refrigerator. It also makes a great salsa for fish, chicken or pork chops.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword salsa
Servings 4
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 2 tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1 red, yellow, and green pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 14 oz. can of artichokes in water, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil or parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, peeled, finely chopped


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Toasted Pita Chips

  • 1 pkg. pita bread (6 breads)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame, poppy or fennel seeds toasted



  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.

  2. Make the vinaigrette below and add to the salsa.


  1. Place vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix. Whisk in the olive oil slowly to emulsify. Pour over salsa.

Toasted Pita Chips

  1. Cut each bread in 1/8 wedges. Place on a sheet tray and brush one side of each piece with olive oil.

  2. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden. Check the bread often, it browns quickly.

  3. Flip the pieces over, and brush with olive oil and add the seeds.

  4. Broil for 1-2 minutes until golden. Serve with the salsa.

Recipe Notes

This salsa can be made ahead without the vinaigrette. Cover and refrigerate and when ready to serve add the vinaigrette a couple of hours before serving.


Toasted Pita Bread

Toasting the pita is very important in this recipe. It gives a crunch factor to this saucy soft salsa. It adds more flavor from the seeds, spice and olive oil. You may want to experiment and use a flavored olive oil such as lemon, garlic or basil.

This recipe is best if made the day ahead and refrigerated, and brought to room temperature before serving.

Check out my many pita bread recipes:

How to Make Pita Bread

Fresh Roasted Eggplant Dip

Pita Bread Salad – Greek Panzenella

Enjoy your summer and serve fresh!



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1 Nancy Cherry Eifert

Wow Mary, love your website! Thanks for sharing your ‘Greek Style.’ Love it!

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Thank-you Nancy! Just getting started so many more to come!

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You are the BEST Greek cook I know. Thanks for your awesome website.

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Kit, thank-you! Come on over this summer for classes with the girls! I would love to teach you some of my favorites! Mary

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