Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich

I saw this sandwich over on Pinterest, and just knew it was something I wanted to try. I love interesting sandwich combinations, and slap an avocado on almost anything and I'm game! So I made a batch of this goodness this afternoon, and we really enjoyed it! I did not bother peeling the skin off of the chickpeas...that just sounds like torture. I put a bed of baby arugula on the bread, topped with this salad, and lunch was ready! The avocado makes it nice and creamy, the chickpeas give it some substance, and the tangy lime really brightens up the entire dish. This was a nice and easy weekend lunch.

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich
Two Peas and Their Pod

Yield: Salad for 3-4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich is a great quick and easy lunch option that is good for you too! The salad also makes a great dip!

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas or garbanzo 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
Fresh spinach leaves or other sandwich toppings: lettuce, tomato slices, sprouts, etc.

1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Place on a paper towel and remove the outer skins. You can leave them on, but I like to remove them.

2. In a medium bowl, using a fork or potato masher smash the chickpeas and avocado together. Add in cilantro, green onion, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

3. Spread salad on bread and top with your favorite sandwich toppings.

Note: This salad also makes a great dip. Serve with cut up veggies, crackers, or pita chips. Also, this salad is best eaten the day it is made because it will turn brown due to the avocado.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

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