Can you handle two chickpea recipes in a row? You see, I make up a whole pound of beans at once then freeze them. When I defrost them it is about two and half cans worth of beans. Thawed. Needing to be used. Hence the plethora of chickpea recipes.
True, I could just put them in soup (I can’t believe I haven’t share my chorizo chickpea soup yet) or toss them on salad. But, they are so much tastier roasted or smashed up in to a yummy sandwich spread.
I found this recipe on Pinterest. It seems to be the only place I find recipes these days. In fact, it looked so delicious, I had actually pinned it twice (does it bother anyone else that Pinterest doesn’t tell you when you have already pinned something?). I love that it is a vegetarian (actually vegan!) alternative to those mayo filled sandwich “salads.” No egg or chicken or mayo here. All wholesome good for you ingredients.
I frequently buy too many avocados at once and have one or two threaten to go bad on me before I can get to them. Making up this salad is a quick way to use them up in something besides guacamole. Take two slices of whole wheat bread, stuff it full of this salad and you will have the most satisfying lunch ever. Besides- look at that sandwich. It is gorgeous. Remember how I love pretty food? Well this is pretty food that doesn’t take any time at all to fix.
Avocado and Chickpea Salad (makes enough for 3-4 sandwiches)
adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans (or about 2 cups cooked beans)
1 large ripe avocado
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
Juice from 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
Bread of your choice (I use Dave’s Killer bread)
Rinse and drain the chickpeas. In a medium bowl, using a potato masher smash the chickpeas and avocado together. Add in cilantro, green onion, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste (I add at least 1 tsp of salt). Spread salad on bread and top with your favorite sandwich toppings.
Ps. This would also make a spectacular dip.
Pps. Little will eat this by the spoonful for dinner.