This curried chickpea salad sandwich is nourishing, filling and makes for a healthier alternative to traditional salad sandwiches. This one has dried apricots for a little sweetness, chopped walnuts for crunch and lemon juice for some brightness. Mix up your lunch routine with this delicious vegetarian mashed chickpea sandwich!
Hi friends! I’m super happy with this recipe!
‘Why?’, you ask.
Because hubby was skeptical.
He was like ‘chickpeas on a sandwich?’
So, being hard-headed like I am, I was determined to prove him wrong.
And, guess what?
Score 1 for Dawn!!
No lie, it’s on a regular rotation for us! Mashed chickpeas on a sandwich is definitely a thing (and delicious at that)!
This curried chickpea salad sandwich is such a great alternative to a salad sandwich with, say, chicken, tuna or egg (not that I don’t love those too).
And hello picnic season! So perfect for a little outing with a nice cold glass of lemonade, don’t ya think? Sold yet?
How to Make Curried Chickpea Salad
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Place rinsed and drained chickpeas in a processor.
- Process (using the ‘pulse’ feature) until chickpeas are broken down a little. You want broken down pieces and some whole pieces. There’s no going wrong here, really, just make the texture that you like. Tip: Definitely don’t puree to a paste. Ain’t nobody got time for that, unless you’re making hummus. Then, pass the chips!
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayo (vegan, if you prefer) yogurt, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper.
- Grab a bowl and put the chickpeas in there along with chopped dried apricots, walnuts, green onion and mayo and yogurt mixture. Stir to combine.
Then, portion onto bread and garnish as you like (or enjoy as is with crackers).
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More Recipe Tips
A food processor was used to break down the chickpeas, but you could totally use a potato masher if you like. If using a food processor, I recommend the ‘pulse’ feature so you can better control the texture of the chickpeas.
Speaking of breaking down the chickpeas, don’t break ’em down to mush. We don’t want a spread here. Most chickpeas should be broken or smashed and a few can be left whole.
Prefer to have this chickpea salad sandwich with Greek yogurt only? Omit the mayo! I used a combo of vegan mayo and Greek yogurt here, but you could totally use all yogurt or all mayo if you like. The vegan mayo gives a little richness which I love.
I prefer to use a ‘seedy’ bread for this sandwich because it adds a lovely texture.
All slices of bread are not created equal and will vary in size. This recipe yields enough for two super hearty sandwiches or 4 smaller ones. If your slices of bread are larger or smaller, the quantity you yield will vary. Or, if you’re super hungry, maybe you just feel like piling that goodness on!
Variations For This Recipe
Not a fan of curry? You can omit and replace with your favourite spice. A pinch of cayenne or smoked paprika or even chipotle powder works great! Start with a little and add to taste.
Add-in options! Instead of dried apricots, try raisins or dates. Looking for more crunch and freshness? Diced apple, pear, peach or chopped grapes are lovely options.
Rather a more savoury vibe? Try diced bell pepper.
Mix up the leafy greens with arugula, butter lettuce or baby spinach.
Don’t have walnuts? Use some chopped almonds or cashews instead.
Not feeling bread? Try this mashed chickpea recipe on a tortilla or use for lettuce wraps.
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Hope you love this mashed chickpea sandwich as much as we do!
If you make this curried chickpea salad sandwich, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed! Thank you!
Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Apricots
- 19 ounce can unsalted (or no salt added) chickpeas , rinsed and drained (about 2 cups)
- 3 tablespoons vegan mayo (or regular mayo)
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (or more if you want things creamier)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup walnuts , roughly chopped
- 6 to 8 dried apricots , chopped
- 2 stalks green onion , chopped
- 4 slices sandwich bread (your favourite variety)
- mayo or vegan mayo (to taste)
- Dijon mustard (to taste)
- baby kale, baby spinach or arugula (to taste)
- Place chickpeas in a food processor and press the 'pulse' feature several times until the chickpeas have broken down slightly (or you've reached your desired consistency). Don't overmix! Don't have a food processor? Place chickpeas in a bowl and mash with a potato masher.
- In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and black pepper until well combined.
- Remove chickpeas from processor, place in a bowl and add yogurt mixture, walnuts, dried apricots and green onion. Stir until well combined. Taste for seasoning and add more to taste, if necessary.
- Spread mayo and/or mustard over one side of all four bread slices. Distribute chickpea mixture between two of the slices. Garnish, as desired, with baby kale, spinach or arugula. Top with remaining slices of bread (with mayo side on the inside) to form the sandwiches. Enjoy!
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 Serving.
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A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.