It’s easy to get into a rut of packing the same sandwiches in your lunchbox day after day, so it’s always fun to find new and creative sandwich ideas. These easy chickpea salad sandwiches will help to shake things up a bit! The creamy chickpea salad can be made in advance and stored in the fridge, so it’s ready to go whenever you need to pack a quick lunch — and if you follow a gluten-free diet, it’s great served in a tub with a few salad leaves instead. The salad is also really easy to customize (I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same way twice!). Use whatever veggies you have in the fridge and add fresh herbs, spices, grated cheese… whatever you fancy to see you through the work week.
Makes four sandwiches
— 1 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas (I used tinned)
— 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise or vegan alternative
— black pepper
— 3 Tablespoons corn kernels (I used tinned)
— 3 spring onions
— 1 red pepper
— 2 large pickles
— 8 slices bread
— other sandwich fillings e.g. lettuce or sliced tomato (optional)
1. Roughly mash the chickpeas with a potato masher or a fork. Add the mayonnaise and a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well.
2. Chop the vegetables fairly small and add them to the chickpea mixture. Mix well to combine.
3. Serve the chickpea salad in between slices of bread with additional sandwich fillings if desired.
Roughly mash the chickpeas with a potato masher or a fork. You can make the mixture as coarse or as smooth as you like. Add the mayonnaise and a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well.
Chop the vegetables fairly small and add them to the chickpea mixture. At this point, you might decide you only want to use half of the red pepper or you want to add an extra pickle — just keep adjusting until you get the combination you want! Mix well to combine.
Serve the chickpea salad in between slices of bread with additional sandwich fillings if desired. I added some romaine lettuce, but slices of tomato would be great too. Or, if you’re not a fan of bread, just serve the creamy chickpea mixture in a tub with some salad leaves for a tasty lunchtime salad.
And that’s all there is to it! A delicious, healthy sandwich filling in just a few minutes. And remember, you can adapt the ingredients however you choose so every batch feels different. No more boring lunch boxes here!
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