Vegetarian sandwiches often feel like an afterthought. Scanning a restaurant menu, the veggie option is usually the last on the list and it can seem like a stack of leftover condiments. But when Bon Appetit’s most recent issue featured an array of delicious looking sandwiches, I took matters into my own hands. I spotted the Green Goddess Tuna Salad sandwich that was begging for a vegetarian make-over. This sandwich can also be made vegan if that’s more your style.
As an added bonus, you can whip up this chickpea salad in advance and then smear it over a few slices of bread when you’re ready for lunch. To sneak in a few extra vegetables, I like adding shredded carrots but if you don’t have any, don’t fret. You could also add a handful of spinach or some alfalfa sprouts if you’re feeling fancy. For the bread, just about any kind will do but I love a hearty whole grain bread. Bonus points if you toast it first so it’s a little bit crispy.
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Green Goddess Chickpea Sandwiches
This Green Goddess Chickpea Sandwich is loaded with fresh herbs and hearty chickpeas for a creamy, satisfying lunch!
- 2 tablespoons basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons parsley leaves with tender stems
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (see note for vegan option)
- 1/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
- 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 15oz can chickpeas
- 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- 4 slices whole grain bread
- Add the basil, parsley, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor or blender and blend for 30 seconds or until mostly smooth.
- Add half the chickpeas and pulse for 10-15 seconds until slightly chunky.
- Transfer to a bowl and add the rest of the chickpeas. Mash with a fork to combine.
- Stir in the celery and add salt to taste.
- Divide the chickpea salad between two sandwiches and serve immediately.
To make this vegan, you can substitute the Greek yogurt for almond milk or coconut milk yogurt, just be sure it’s not sweetened. Add an extra teaspoon of lemon juice to give it more tangy flavor.
One batch of this salad makes plenty for two but you could make a double batch if you’re the meal-prepping type. It will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container in the fridge. Just be sure to keep it cold since it contains yogurt.
Chickpeas are a perfect sandwich filling because 1 cup of chickpeas contains 14g of plant based protein! It also provides 12g of fiber which means you won’t be hungry an hour later. Plus, they’re friendly on the budget.
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