Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich

This Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich has a creamy yet sturdy texture with a hint of heat from the mustard and sweet from the pickle relish. There’s a bit of crunch here and there from the celery and the dill adds a touch of freshness.  Basically sandwich magic between two pieces of multigrain bread!

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Smashed chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and avocado together make the most delicious sandwich spread! Get this Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich recipe at TidyMom.net

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July is gaining on us you guys.  Where has this year gone already?  With Summer in full swing, I’m doing my best to be a little bit more conscious about what I eat. I’m trying to focus on fresh fruits and veggies and wholesome food. While I am doing this to create a bit of a healthier lifestyle, I find myself craving fresher ingredients this time of year.

Do you ever have those recipes where you absolutely cannot wait to make and bite into? That’s how I felt when I first saw Maria’s Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich. I loved the simplicity of it and of course the ingredients. I’m always up for any way I can eat avocados, and the idea of using chickpeas for something other than hummus got my attention!  When my friends at Bush’s Beans asked me to create a recipe using their Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas), I knew I wanted to make some sort of salad.  Then I thought about how much I love egg salad, so I decided to give this chickpea and avocado salad a similar spin, by adding sweet pickle relish, celery, green onions, dill weed and sweet hot mustard.  A sandwich full of flavor that I could feel good about! 

Bush’s Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas

Chickpeas have a translucent skin on them. When you smash up the chickpeas, the skins come loose. You can either leave them alone and just mix the smashed chickpeas with the peels to the avocado or you can spend a few minutes removing them .

To remove the skins from chickpeas (garbanzo beans); drain the beans and place in a medium bowl.  Cover beans with water.  Using your hands, agitate the beans in the water then lift out a handful of beans.  You should see the skins separated from the chickpeas. Discard the peels and place the chickpeas into a bowl.   Repeat the process until you have removed the skins from all the beans.  Don’t worry if you don’t get them all, it’s perfectly fine to eat the peels.  Removing the skins is a bit tedious, but the chickpeas will be creamier when smashed, without them.

how to remove skins from chickpeas or garbanzo beans

Sometimes the taste of raw chickpeas can be, well a bit raw.  But by smashing them with avocado you’ll be shocked at how delicious they taste.

Avocado and chickpeas together make the most delicious sandwich spread! Get this Sweet Hot Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich recipe at TidyMom.net

I love that you can whip this smashed chickpea avocado salad sandwich up in about 10 minutes and have enough for 3-4 sandwiches. Everything I need to feel satisfied, like I just ate something totally sinful!

Smashed chickpeas and avocado together make the most delicious sandwich spread! Get this Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich recipe at TidyMom.net

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad would also be wonderful on crackers, pita chips or as a dip for veggies.

It actually tastes even better the second day, after the flavors have a chance to fully incorporate. Just refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container.  It looks the same the next day (or two), the avocado did not turn brown.

Avocado and chickpeas together make the most delicious sandwich spread! Get this Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich recipe at TidyMom.net

Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans (I use Bush's Garbanzo Beans)
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 3 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet hot mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 stalk of celery - diced
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • bread for sandwiches
  • lettuce, shredded carrots and tomato (optional sandwich toppings)

Directions:

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas.  To remove skins, place chickpeas in a medium bowl with water.  Agitating the beans in your hands to release the skins. Place skinned chickpeas in another medium bowl, discard water and skins.
  2. Add avocado to bowl with chickpeas. Using a potato masher or fork smash chickpeas and avocado together. Add in relish, mustard, green onion, lemon juice, dill weed and celery. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Stir everything together.
  4. Serve on bread.  I used multi-grain bread and topped it with lettuce, shredded carrots and sliced tomatoes.

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