Easy Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad sandwich spiced with cumin and cayenne. Serve over soft fresh bread layered with greens and juicy tomatoes.
So many things happening this week. Mom Dad just left to visit my brother for a week and then head back to India. It will be days before I can get back into the cooking and blogging schedule. I had planned to cook most of the days for them this visit, but mom took over just after a few days. Thats just how it happens every time. Some things changed this year. Every year, I pick up some tricks or styles of cooking or recipes from Mom. This year Mom picked up some new things from me :). She hesitantly decided to try her hand at non dairy yogurt and then after the first 2 batches, she fell in love with it. She is now a pro at making fabulous tasting almond cashew yogurt. It sets beautifully every single time! We also made a few recipes from the Mains chapter in my book. Restaurant style sauces (often with veggies instead of tofu because of Mom’s thyroid issues) and Dad loved all the variety. He is a Dal Subzi kind of person. A Dal every single day keeps him very happy, but those sauces made him ask if something new was coming for lunch or dinner every day! I picked up more Dal recipes from Mom of course. Warm, delicious bowls of lentils.
I barely had time to make stuff for the blog. Getting back to posting with this easy spiced up avocado chickpea salad sandwich on chipotle spiced long buns. Add whatever you have to make this fabulous smashed chickpea avocado salad sandwich. Serve in a sandwich, or in tacos, or wraps, or as is on a bowl of greens and roasted veggies.
I bet chewie is going to miss my parents a lot too. Exactly at 8 pm every night he would sit in the corner where Dad sits on the dining table and if dinner was not served, he would keep barking to remind us that it is Dinner time. Then Dad would give him small pieces of his roti flatbread through dinner. He got tons of kisses from Mom. I will miss all the awesome food, daily hugs and kisses, coconut oil hair massages and so much more. the house is empty again during the day. Sigh, I miss you Ma n Pa.
More sandwiches from the blog
- 5 Minute Tofu “Egg” Salad Sandwich
- Buffalo Millet Roasted pepper sandwich
- Cauliflower Cheddar, pumpkin seed pesto grilled cheese
- Smashed smoky black bean, Nacho Cheese slices, sandwich
- More Chickpea recipes from the blog here.
Prep the bread, layer greens or tomatoes.
Mash the avocado and chickpeas well. Add onion, peppers, spices and mix in. Layer on the sandwich.
add a layer of juicy tomatoes or sprouts. serve!
Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 15 oz (425 g) can chickpeas drained or 1.5 cups cooked
- 1/4 cup (40 g) finely chopped red onion
- 1 hot green chile finely chopped
- 1/4 cup (37.25 g) finely chopped tomato optional
- 1/4 cup (4 g) chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne/red chili powder
- a generous pinch of garam masala optional , or use ground chipotle pepper
- juice of 1 lime less or more to preference
- a generous dash of black pepper
- salt to taste
For the sandwich:
- Greens , tomatoes, sprouts, salt and pepper
- bread of choice
- In a bowl, mash the chickpeas and avocado until avocado is well mashed and most of the chickpeas are not whole.
- Add all the ingredients from onion through spices. Mix in. Taste and adjust salt and spice.
- Prep the sandwich bread by toasting if needed. Add a layer of greens or micro-greens of choice. Layer a good helping of the smashed chickpea avocado mixture.
- Add a layer of juicy tomatoes or sprouts and serve. Use this mash in sandwiches, tacos, wraps or salad bowl. Change up the spices for variation
I’ve been making this regularly for years now. ADDICTED. I’m not good with spice so I cut out the heat but add some smoked paprika! 🙂
Vegan Richa Support
wow! years, thanks Hailee =)
This was very easy and tasty. I subbed white onion and it tasted great.
Vegan Richa Support
This is now my husband’s favorite sandwich. Fantastic. Spicy and creamy and pops of crunch – perfect for a sandwich filling.
I love this recipe its fast and delicious.
I live this recipe its fast and delicious.
Vegan Richa Support
So glad you enjoyed this!
Vegan Richa Support
Glad you enjoyed this, thanks for stopping by!
Is this something I could make and leave in the fridge? It looks delicious.
yes, in a covered container for upto 2 days. the lime will help keep avocado from browning, but it will eventually start to do that after 2 days or so
I made this today for lunch in a wrap and it was delicious! I also tried one of your samosa wraps earlier this week, it was great as well. Loving your recipes 🙂
This is hands down my favorite chickpea salad recipe so far!!! I added pickles and chopped chiles to the mixture for some extra crunch and kick. So delicious! This is going to be my go-to lunch in the future. Thank you!
This was so so good. Definitely making again. Your recipes continue to be the best of all the vegan food blog recipes that I try. Thank you!!
Made this for the staff at work. I added celery and diced cucumbers, it was amazing, everyone loved it.
Made this tonight. My husband and I loved it. His on toasted baguette. I’m gluten free so I served mine on a baked potato. So yummy. I just received your Everyday Kitchen cookbook and I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.
This was so good and easy to make! I loved it!
Prep time 15 mins, ok, but cook time 10? (Re chickpea salad sandwich)
It should prob be total 15 mins. The widget doesnt allow to use 0 cook time, so i am using the 10 mins for mixing and assembly and if want to toast the bread etc
Yummm! Made it for dinner tonight. Absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing.
This looks spectacular. I can’t wait to try it.
I’m one of those cilantro = soap flavour folks. Is there a substitution you would recommend for this recipe?
Omit it. You can add some basil or mint
My husband and I devoured this delicious recipe in one sitting. Another excellent, and more importantly, EASY recipe. Love the flavor combinations. Thanks so much!!
Trying to live a more vegan/vegetarian lifestyle (not easy when you’ve grown up in the midwest with a constant menu of meat and cheese) – however, we stumbled upon this recipe and gave it a try last night. OMG! This sandwich was amazing. Toasted some wheat baguettes, and followed the recipe with a few additions: a few shakes of garlic sea salt, arugula (pictured but not mentioned) and spicy sprouts added to the top. We did double the recipe and so glad we did it…I’ll be enjoying another one for lunch today! Thanks for the great recipe.
What can you use if you’re allergic to avocado
use 1-2 tbsp tahini or nut butter.
KURT W. WEBER
I WILL DEFINITELY TRY THIS RECIPE !!!!! I LOVE ALL THE COMBINATION OF INGREDIENTS ..
Hi Richa! This was awesome! I love chicken salad, and I am trying to be more than 90% vegan, and shoot for 100%, and this is really a great substitute for my old favorite. I added a little shredded carrot to it for some crunch. Thank you so much!
Awesome! so glad you loved it! <3
Why did the recipe say “cook time 10mins”?
Vegan Richa Support
it’s just part of the preparation process
I tried the avocado and chickpea spread this week for lunch. Perfect. It’s like guacamole only with body. And it did not turn brown after a couple days in the fridge. Of course, I did sprinkle just a little extra lemon juice on top every time I put it back in the fridge.
Awesome! yes, its a great filling guacamole!
This looks delicious! Could it be made in advance?
yes you can make it in advance. Avocado tends to brown as it sits, so you want to store it as airtight as possible. Even out the chickpea avocado mixture, Sprinkle lemon juice on it to coat. Place a wrap on the surface of the mixture so there isnt much air between the surface and cover and refrigerate.
Teri of NC
I’ve tried a lot of chickpea salad recipes before, but this one is definitely my favorite! Thank you so much for posting! Even my carnivore husband liked it!
yay! awesome! Thanks
Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship
Yummm, even that bread looks soft and delicious.
As a vegan Indian, I Love your recipes! Could you please provide your recipe for almond cashew yogurt you mentioned in the article? Or is it in one of your books that I could buy?
Thanks Sailaja! The yogurt recipe is in my cookbook -> https://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Richas-Indian-Kitchen-Traditional/dp/1941252095/
Samantha @ The Planted Vegan
Yum! I’ve never thought to put avocado and garbanzo beans together..but it sounds (and looks) delicious!
This was amazing! I followed everything in the recipe except I swapped the diced tomato for diced champagne mango. I will absolutely make this again. Thanks for another successful dinner loved by the whole dinner table! Even my 13 year old loves your recipes!