The variety of flavors and textures in this sandwich is exactly why it has been deemed Our Favorite Chickpea Salad Sandwich at home. This recipe was actually construed by my husband who was looking for meat-free alternative lunches for work. I urged him to try chickpea salad one day and there was no going back. He loved it, then decided to experiment with his own ingredients. I have to admit, it's pretty darn tasty! I think he nailed it terms of creating a satisfying and dare I say, tastier version, of this classic.
Why We Love This Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Chickpeas are a great alternative to chicken. Filled with protein, iron and fiber they blend super well with creamy mayonnaise (we use vegan mayo but you don't have to). We add in some fresh apples, celery and carrots for flavor and crunch. And for a kick we add in a good amount of horseradish and some salty capers. I use fresh whole grain bread and some greens like arugula which also take it to another level both in taste and nutritional value.
Go ahead and make it on a weekend so you have it for lunch during the week or as a quick snack all by itself. Trust me you won't be missing a thing after you taste one bite!
Our Favorite Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- 1 15 oz can or box of chickpeas drained
- 1 red apple roughly chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 2 celery stalks sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 1 small carrot sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 2 heaping tablespoon mayo or vegan mayo
- 2 tablespoon horseradish
- 2 tablespoon capers rinsed and drained
- pinch coarse salt
- pinch pepper
- suggested: fresh whole grain bread arugula to make the sandwich
- Place the apple, celery and carrot into a food processor.
- Pulse until all the pieces are broken up into large bits.
- Add the chickpeas, horseradish,mayo salt and pepper and pulse again until broken up but NOT pureed. You want some chucky pieces to remain.
- Transfer the chickpea salad to a large bowl.
- Toss in the capers and stir into salad (you don't want to pulse the capers in with the other ingredients because it looks and tastes more pleasant whole).
- Place a few spoonfuls on bread and top with fresh greens.