Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein, so they're the perfect snack. I like the taste of them because they remind me a little bit of black[-eyed peas, which I love! Combine them with avocado, a little mayo, and a dash of lime juice, and you've got a light-tasting summer salad that will really fill you up. Yum!]

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Chickpea Salad:
  • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Sandwiches:
  • 4 whole-wheat pitas
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced thin, for serving
  • Sprouts, for serving
  • Sliced radishes, for serving
  • Green leaf lettuce, shredded, for serving
Directions
  • For the chickpea salad: In a medium bowl, using a fork or pastry blender, mash the chickpeas and avocado together until incorporated, but still chunky. Add the green onion, lime juice, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper, and stir until mixed. If you want a spicy hot kick, add the cayenne. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour before serving.

  • For the sandwiches: Cut the pitas horizontally to create pockets. Spread the chickpea salad mixture into each pita pocket. Top with cucumber slices, sprouts, radishes and lettuce.

Cook's Note: You can pulse the chickpea salad ingredients in a food processor for a smoother consistency, but I like the chunkiness of mixing by hand.


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