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:
This Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich is truly a quick, easy, healthy and delicious delight! I SO hope you enjoy it, too. XO.
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Zesty Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (freshly cooked or canned rinsed and drained
- ½ onion chopped
- ¼ cup chopped pickles
- ¼ cup raw walnuts coarsely ground or chopped (I like to use a mortar + pestle)
- ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
- ½ lemon juiced (approx. 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons sriracha
- 1 teaspoon brown mustard
- ¼ teaspoon celery seed
- ¼ 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!