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Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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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!

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

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.

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 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

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.

 

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

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.

 

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

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 Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

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 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

This Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich is truly a quick, easy, healthy and delicious delight! I SO hope you enjoy it, too. XO.

 This Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich only take a QUICK 10 minutes to throw together, is gluten-free + vegan, healthy, high in protein + fiber , and SUPER flavorful! It makes a great lunch, dinner or picnic dish! #chickpeasalad #vegansandwich #chickpeasaladsandwich #smashedchickpeasalad #smashedchickpeasaladsandwich

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a double chickpea salad sandwich on a small plate

Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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!


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Course: Entrées, Vegan
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Kosher, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 sandwiches / 3 cups chickpea salad
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please refer to the TIPS section above in post for valuable information.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 559mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g
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Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.

3 Comments

  • Veronica
    10/20/2020 at 12:09 AM

    Hi wondering what you put on the sandwich in your pictures? Zucchini? Cucumber? Avocado? Thanks for suggestions to make ours look like yours.

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      10/20/2020 at 2:49 PM

      I like to eat this with avocado and cucumber! 🙂

      Reply
      • Veronica
        10/21/2020 at 7:09 AM

        5 stars
        Thanks so much can’t wait to try it!

        Reply

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