Meatless Monday – Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Meatless Monday – Chickpea Salad Sandwich

 

You know those nights when you just don’t feel like standing over the stove and cooking dinner? The nights when a sandwich is the perfect answer? Chickpea Salad is the meat free answer to those nights!

 

Chickpea Salad is a go-to recipe of mine. I honestly make this stuff all the time- for lunch and dinner.  It’s easy, tasty and healthy and makes a great addition to your food repertoire.

I have nothing but love for the chickpea, or garbanzo bean. It’s loaded with protein and fiber and it makes a healthy and satisfying meal any time of day.  This salad mimics the texture of a tuna or chicken salad, but has the added health benefits of the chickpea.  Chickpeas are high in protein, fiber, iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium.  Served on whole wheat bread, they are a complete protein that contains necessary amino acids most vegetarian meals can’t provide

I like to mash my chickpeas in the single serve cup of my blender, but you can do them with a fork if you prefer – it just takes some extra work as they are a little tough to fork mash.  I use canned chickpeas, and I blend them half a can at a time, pulsing just two or three times.  If you blend them too much you will have hummus. What you want is a salad with texture. Here is my Chickpea Salad recipe:

Meatless Monday – Chickpea Salad Sandwich
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Chick Pea Salad is an easy, delicious and healthy recipe that can be enjoyed at any meal.
Author: Jen
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: vegan
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 small carrot, washed and grated
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (I use Just Mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (totally optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Blend chickpeas, half a can at a time, pulsing just two or three times until mashed but chunky
  2. Put mashed chickpeas into a medium mixing bowl
  3. Add carrot, mayonnaise, nutritional yeast if using, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt and pepper
  4. Mix well with a fork until all ingredients are combined and the mixture resembles chicken or tuna salad
  5. Serve on bread of your choice, in a bowl, or wrapped in a lettuce leaf

 

I think a Chickpea Salad Sandwich is a filling, satisfying lunch or dinner for the whole family.  I love to serve it on bread,with some pickles and chips on the side, but that might just be the diner-loving New Jerseyan in me coming out.  I often send this to school in my daughter’s lunch box because she likes it and I know it fuels her with plenty of protein in the middle of her busy day.

You could use a wrap, or even a lettuce leaf if you want to keep it gluten free.  Honestly, when I make this salad for myself I sometimes eat it straight out of the bowl!

What’s your go-to, meatless easy weeknight dinner?

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