nutritional information

Per 1/2 quesadilla:

  • Calories: 193
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 393 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Pita Quesadillas with Cilantro Hummus

Pita Quesadillas with Cilantro Hummus

Serves 8

30 minutes or fewer

There’s no need for cheese when you use cilantro-laced hummus to hold pita quesadillas together. Serve with salsa.
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 15-oz. can, rinsed and drained)
  • 2 Tbs. lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 7-inch whole-wheat pitas, split crosswise
  • 4 jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained and sliced into strips
  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach leaves

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. To make Hummus: Process cilantro and garlic in food processor until chopped. Add chickpeas, lime juice, oil, and 1/4 cup water; purée 3 minutes, or until creamy.

2. To make Quesadillas: Place 4 pita halves on baking sheet. Spread each with 1/2 cup Hummus. Top with peppers, spinach, and remaining pita halves. Bake 10 minutes, or until crisp. Cut into triangles, and serve.

April 2010 p.24

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I'm a new convert to vegetarianism and have found the most delicious foods are vegetarian. I keep discovering new ways to serve up healthy dishes and my family is also liking the trend. Much to their surprise, they feel better and now miss home cooking.

csid - 2015-02-11 18:06:39

Sounds yummy.

cher williams - 2014-04-17 19:13:28

This is technically a pita taco since a quesadilla is always made of cheese.

homer - 2012-09-30 21:43:50


Jo - 2012-09-18 13:22:11

Another hummus recipe that might work for the lunch boxes

Therese Graves - 2012-08-14 02:54:14


Nat - 2012-05-05 16:34:51

Delicious! Just need to add a bit of salt and some cayenne pepper to the hummus. Also, I used arugula instead of spinach, and it turned out nicely.

Abigail - 2012-04-25 05:13:31

How long does the hummus have to be in the oven?

Nancy - 2012-04-22 17:56:39

I haven't tried this yet, but what about adding some nutritional yeast to the hummus to give it a bit of that cheesy flavor without the cheese? Sounds great, in any case!

Greg - 2012-04-19 17:16:10

I agree with the first comment, it was bland, but not horrible. I did add more cilantro and spices to the hummus and it was still bland. Next time plan on baking pita bread a little before adding other ingredients to prevent soggy bread, adding onions for some crunch, and adjusting the hummus recipe (still working on this, might try the comment above from 5/5/11). I might also try another hummus recipe. I would like to not buy hummus (cost & preservatives). Taste the hummus before putting it on your pita bread and probably add spices. But I would still recommend this for a quick yummy and filling dinner.

Alisha764 - 2012-02-04 11:16:19

I just tried this and used store-bought hummus but it was freakin' awesome. It was a perfect comfort food on this rainy day!

Essie - 2012-01-21 17:00:51

I've made this numerous times for a quick dinner. I use store-bought hummus (usually garlic & roasted red pepper flavor) to make the recipe go even faster. I like to serve the quesadillas alongside chips and salsa. Be sure to towel dry the jarred peppers to eliminate soggy pitas.

Kelly J. R. - 2011-02-16 10:41:03

My family enjoyed this. The hummus isn't good on its own...too much lime juice. But combined with the pita and toppings (we added spinach and sun dried tomatoes), it tastes good. An easy weeknight dinner, especially since you can make the hummus in advance.

Angie - 2011-01-16 18:31:05