Here's one of our all time favorite quick recipes. The "Pacific Crest Trail Pita" recipe below is a meal that's great for short and long backpacking trips alike.

AuthorAndrew MetzDifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsTotal Time5 mins

 4 oz Dehydrated Tabbouleh
 3 fl oz Balsamic Vinaigrette
 2 oz Feta
 4 Pita bread
 10 Red Grapes
Optional
 Canned/packet chicken or sardines – you can also pre-cook some chicken to bring!
 Dolmas
 Sun-dried tomatoes
 Lemon

1

In the morning before leaving (or the night before), double-bag the tabbouleh with a fair amount of water and place it at the top of your pack.

2

When meal time rolls around, put out all ingredients allowing everyone to make their own Pita Pockets!

Ingredients

 4 oz Dehydrated Tabbouleh
 3 fl oz Balsamic Vinaigrette
 2 oz Feta
 4 Pita bread
 10 Red Grapes
Optional
 Canned/packet chicken or sardines – you can also pre-cook some chicken to bring!
 Dolmas
 Sun-dried tomatoes
 Lemon

Directions

1

In the morning before leaving (or the night before), double-bag the tabbouleh with a fair amount of water and place it at the top of your pack.

2

When meal time rolls around, put out all ingredients allowing everyone to make their own Pita Pockets!

Pacific Crest Trail Pitas

Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides loves celebrating healthy eats while in the wilderness, and our Backcountry Gourmet is unbeatable.

If you want delicious meals like this (but don’t want to plan or prepare them) check out a few of our guided backpacking trips like the 8 Day Yosemite Grand Traverse or the ultimate backpacking trip on The John Muir Trail

Graham Ottley
Born and raised in the Midwest (Iowa & Illinois), I always held a fascination for the outdoors and mountain landscapes as some “distant place” on maps. That fascination continues today but I am fortunate to have now lived and worked in the mountains for 15+ years. My first job as a guide was leading sea-kayak trips in coastal Ketchikan Alaska. After that season, I attended undergrad in the Southeast (Montreat College) studying Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies and went on to pursue my MBA. I first visited the Yosemite area during a spring break climbing trip with some buddies. I can vividly recall driving in and being completely awestruck by the beauty of The Valley, ...as well as all the great climbing : ) After college I worked as a Guide with Summit Adventure in Yosemite as well as internationally in the Ecuadorian Andes and mountains of Mexico. I enjoyed teaching outdoor education in Santa Cruz and Yosemite Valley during my off-seasons. I also worked with Outward Bound California leading youth trips and eventually worked as Program Director at their Midpines and Joshua Tree locations. In 2016, I transitioned to SYMG and appreciated the thoughtful approach to the work of guiding. I enjoy spending time with the great crew of guides that come here to work, live and play. Beyond work in the outdoors, I am a proud father of two children, Owen & Eleanor. I enjoy adventures with them and my wife Sarah not quite as far afield. While we still return regularly to visit family in the midwest, we are happy to call Southern Yosemite home.