I made a couple of substitutions based on our preferences and so I could put our CSA share to use. The recipe calls for mint in the tzatziki dressing. We don’t like mint and we had plenty of fresh herbs from the CSA. I referenced “The Flavor Bible” by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg to find out which of our CSA herbs went well with Arugula. Turns out they all do, so I substituted the mint with cilantro. “The Flavor Bible” is an index of ingredients and other foods that compliment them. It is one of my favorite reference books. I also substituted pita with naan. I have yet to find a pita I enjoy where we live. I’ll have to bring some home next time I visit my family. We very much enjoy Trader Joe’s Naan and keep it in the freezer. We find Trader Joe’s Naan to be a great option when you can’t get authentic naan.
My kids are not adventurous eaters. My husband and I have trouble not being adventurous eaters. The compromise at the dinner table is what I call “piece meals” for my kids. To “piece meal” this dish I gave the kids fried chickpeas (before they were spiced), naan, tomato slices, and yogurt. They didn’t like the chickpeas, but they did try them. This works for me because I get to try new dishes, and they get a good dinner eating the “pieces”.
Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with LimeTzatziki