Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


It goes without saying that I am a big fan of chickpeas.  They are my most favorite legume and I love to utilize them in as many ways possible.  I love them on salads, ground into flour for socca and other baked goods, as hummus, etc.

When Dayv first went vegan, I kind of assumed he would share the same love I have for chickpeas.  He liked hummus ok, so why not the legume in it's natural form?  I tried sneaking them into his soup and pasta dishes, but he would always eat around them and then tell me later, "I don't like chickpeas.."  It seriously broke my heart, as if he told me he didn't like my best friend or something.

Then a couple of weeks ago, Dayv told me he missed mayonnaise.  I have never once in my entire 7 years of being vegan had any desire to eat or purchase mayonnaise.  But I caved and bought a jar of Vegenaise.  Dayv was immediately in love.  That got me thinking...  If I covered chickpeas in mayo would he like it??  Answer- yes!

This chickpea salad was inspired by the tuna salad my mom used to make for me when I was little.  The chopped cucumbers were always one of my favorite parts, almost like a fun little surprise with every bite.  My mom used to also add red onion and celery, but Dayv doesn't like those veggies(yet!), so I used carrots.   One element of this sandwich which Dayv says is crucial are the pickles.  So don't forget the pickles!


Chickpea Salad Sandwich
makes two sandwiches

for salad:
1/2 cup cooked chickpea, mashed with a fork
1/4-1/2" slice of cucumber, diced
1 small carrot or 3 baby carrots, thinly sliced and diced
1 heaping tbsp vegan mayo (we use Organic Vegenaise)

for sandwich:
4 pieces of gluten-free vegan bread or bun, toasted (we used Ener-G Brown Rice Bread)
2 thinly sliced pieces of tomato
2 pieces of Romaine lettuce
8 pickle slices (we use Bubbie's Bread and Butter Pickles)
extra mayo for spreading on toast

Combine all salad ingredients, making sure to thoroughly coat all veggies with mayo.

Spread mayo on all 4 pieces of toast.  Evenly divide salad between two pieces of the bread.  Next, layer on the pickles, tomato, and lettuce.  Top each with another piece of toast, mayo side down.  Enjoy!

40 comments:

  1. i was sooo thinking of making chickpea salad today, thanks for the recipe!

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  2. I love chickpea salad! I never thought to put cuke in it, and toast the bread, but will try this next time I make it. Also: Ener-G makes bread? WHAT?!

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    1. you should definitely try the cucumber and definitely toast the bread. my mom always did and it makes it so much better! and YES, they do! i get it at whole foods ;)

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  3. :D that is a fun solution.. i will get you lots of vegenaise if you eat chickpeas!;) I was hoping this story had a happy ending. :) love that salad and the loaded sandwich! those cucumbers must have given such a fresh crunch. i need to make the salad tonite for sure. i dont have vegenaise, but we will improvise!

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    1. hummus would probably be an amazing alternative. i'm gonna have to try that out soon!!

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  4. This sounds like a fun concoction! I was always the kid who actually liked tuna salad sandwiches but sometimes I want to keep it veg - so this could be my solution.

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    1. oh, me too! LOVED THEM. i hope you enjoy this solution ;)

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  5. yum! this sounds like a really yummy sandwich! and i bet it'd be great over some greens as a salad too! thanks for sharing!

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  6. Agreed - pickles are essential! Glad the chick peas won him over in the end

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  7. This looks fantastic! My boys aren't that keen on chickpeas but I think my husband would love this, especially with pickles.

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  8. Oh noes! Who doesn't like chickpeas?!

    This sounds super tasty - I keep seeing 'vegan' tuna salad recipes kind of like this, and it sounds like such a good idea! Great recipe. :)

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    1. i know, willow, can you believe it?? i consider chickpeas to be one of my food groups ;)

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  9. That's an awesome way to get him to like chickpeas! Do you think he'd like them in a chickpea burger?

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    1. he might! i will try that next. thank you for the suggestion ;)

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  10. People miss mayonnaise?? I don't know if I can get my head around that one! Regardless, this chickpea salad sounds great. :)

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    1. HAHA i agree, eileen! i don't miss it AT ALL.

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  11. Chickpea + Vegenaise = heaven. I hope Dayv liked this combo!

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  12. I'm completely with you - chickpeas are amazing! With the exception of hummus, I don't think I ever ate them before I went vegetarian, but now I don't know what I'd do without them. They're easily my favorite bean. This chickpea salad looks delicious! It's very similar to the one I make, except that I dice my pickles into it. I also like to briefly pulse the chickpeas in my food processor to break them into flaky pieces. Too bad Dayv doesn't like celery either in the mix. It adds so much. I wonder how he'd feel about celery seed instead. It gives a fresh bite of celery flavor but without any of the celery texture.

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    1. wow, cadry, i love the way you think! i am DEFINITELY dicing up the pickles and incorporating them into the salad next time ;) and i'm not sure about celery seed..i honestly don't even know where i would find it! with spices, maybe?

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  13. Caitlin, I totally agree with you. Chickpeas are my favorite too!!!!!
    I am a little afraid of mayo, even the vegan kind. However, your sandwich looks so yummy, I want to give it a try :)

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    1. <3 i'm a little afraid of it, too ;) i love you <3

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  14. i made this last night for dinner and we loved it. this will be a summer staple!

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    1. that's great to hear, kerry! thank you for the feedback!!

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  15. So when is our lunch date - cause' these look amazing!

    Justin loves veganaise, me not so much...maybe once in a while; I would rather have mashed up avocado on top of my sandis! :)

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  16. Now that you've bought the Veganaise, you'll be hooked! I still hate mayo to this day and will only eat Veganaise because it's so darn good. Your chickpea salad looks rockin' too--definitely a good lunch fix!

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    1. that's awesome that you'll only eat vegenaise, jes ;) regular mayo is kinda creepy with all those eggs in it :/

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  17. I am all over creamy-salady-chickpea-vegenaise sorts of concoctions right now, so this recipe is calling my name! This looks so simple and yummy. I love the cucumber in it, and that you only used a tiny bit of vegenaise. Such a good recipe!

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    1. thanks, kristy!! i tries to use just enough mayo to coat everything without it becoming goopy. no one likes a goopy sandwich! ;)

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  18. My mouth is watering. This is my kind of sandwich! I'm so happy to hear that you found a way to manipulate Dayv into FINALLY liking chickpeas. How can one NOT like chickpeas??? Devastating indeed...

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    1. totally devastating! sometimes you just gotta get a little sneaky and creative ;)

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  19. I tried your recipe three days ago and my boyfriend and I have been eating chick pea salad sandwhiches for every meal since! :D

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    1. this recipe made my life ;) thank you, nichole <3

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  20. I prepped this salad last night with a half can of chickpeas for today's lunch. Tried a bite of it. Wow! Then had another bite. And another. And another. Then I didn't have enough left for a sandwich, so I used the other half can and made some more. Great substitute for tuna. Thanks so much.

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    1. so great to hear! thanks for the feedback, teresa!

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