A super healthy, easy and flavorful Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich filled with garbanzo beans, chopped pickles , walnuts, onion, lemon juice, sriracha, mustard and the PERFECT blend of spices. This makes for one high-protein + high-fiber meal that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, soy-free and DELICIOUS!
I am a huge chickpea fan. What is not to love? Chickpeas are a super versatile legume that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, and pack quite a delightful protein punch!
This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich is sweet, tangy, zippy, zesty, spicy and salty ALL in one. It is truly one delightfully healthy gluten-free vegan sandwich that makes a fine lunch, dinner or portable meal for the trail or a picnic.
This Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich is:
Filled with healthy good-for-you ingredients that are high in protein, fiber and nutrients.
Easy to make - you simply need a bowl and a fork!
PACKED with loads of flavor.
Fun to make and fun to eat!
Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free.
Tips for making Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad:
I like to use my homemade pickles in this recipe, but any pickles of your choice will work.
Out of lemon juice? Apple cider vinegar will work well in a pinch.
You can replace the chopped cilantro with fresh parsley for comparable results.
I think brown mustard greatly enriches the other flavors in this dish, but any mustard that you like will serve as a good substitute here.
On a nut-free diet? Replace the walnuts with pumpkin or sunflower seeds for similar results.
On a sugar-free diet? This sugar-free sweetener is my favorite maple syrup substitute!
This chickpea salad stores well in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Other ways to use Smashed Chickpea Salad:
On it’s own as a quick protein-rich salad.
As a soft or hard shell taco filling.
Mixed and mashed with avocado for a fun spin on guacamole.
As a great wrap filling.
As a quesadilla filling.
As a green salad topper.
As a nachos topping.
This Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich pairs well with:
Baked Garlic Pepper Polenta Fries (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Easy Spicy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe
Spicy Spiralized Turmeric Tahini Cucumber Noodles (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
This Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich is truly a quick, easy, healthy and delicious delight! I SO hope you enjoy it, too. XO.
If you try this recipe please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, share this post, use Pinterest's "tried it" feature, or take a photo, & tag me on Instagram and I'll share it! Thank you so much! <3
Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (freshly cooked or canned rinsed and drained
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped pickles
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts coarsely ground or chopped (I like to use a mortar + pestle)
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
- 1/2 lemon juiced (approx. 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons sriracha
- 1 teaspoon brown mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- sea salt to taste
- gluten-free vegan bread
- Desired sandwich toppers optional
- In a large bowl combine all of the above ingredients. Mix and mash with a fork or potato masher until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve on fresh or toasted bread with desired toppings or as is. I like it best with avocado & cucumber!
Kristen Wood says
I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
T Johnson says
I loved this so much for last weeks sammies. Even my picky hubby loved it. Having it for this weeks sammies as well. Yumm!!!!
Kristen Wood says
I'm so happy to know this! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and share! 🙂
Hi wondering what you put on the sandwich in your pictures? Zucchini? Cucumber? Avocado? Thanks for suggestions to make ours look like yours.
Kristen Wood says
I like to eat this with avocado and cucumber! 🙂
Thanks so much can't wait to try it!