Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

For some reason, I have a hard time being creative with lunches that I can take to work with me. I think part of it is laziness and the fact that I don't like to pre-plan the night before. I work downtown and there is so much temptation, why would I want a salad when I can get the biggest slice of veggie pizza you  have ever seen for $3.50??? Unfortunately, I can't live on veggie pizza everyday (I would like to, but my butt says otherwise ;-), so lately I have been making an effort to bring a nutritious, yet delicious lunch. Canned soup just doesn't cut it with me ~ I need something that is tasty, healthy and filling.

I came across a recipe for a chickpea sandwich spread when I first became a vegetarian. I have tinkered with the recipe and it is now one of my favourite lunches. It makes enough to do 3 sandwiches.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

1 19oz can of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 stalk of celery, diced
1/4 c onion, diced
3 tbsp mayonnaise (or your favourite vegan mayo substitute)
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp dill pickle, chopped (I didn't have any, so I used relish)
salt & pepper to taste

Put chickpeas into a large mixing bow. Mash them with a potato masher until they are fairly smooth. Some people like chunky salad in their sandwiches, but I much prefer a smoother texture.

Add in all of the other ingredients and mix well. 

....yet another bowl of yumminess that I could eat with a spoon......

This chickpea salad is delicious served on your favourite toasted whole grain bread or with whole wheat crackers. 

This sandwich meets all of my lunchtime criteria: healthy, delicious, filling and satisfying - oh yeah!!

I think this is one of my favourite sandwiches since giving up meat. My other fave would have to be a Subway Veggie Delite - with lots of green olives and honey mustard!! What's your favourite sandwich? How do you keep your lunches interesting and delectable?? I'm always looking for new ideas.



  1. Mmmm this looks so good- I always forget to put beans in sandwiches, but I do put hummus in...

    I'm looking forward to reading more recipes!

  2. What a great idea! I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog so I could find this fun recipe. Chickpeas and I are BFF.