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Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea salad only takes 10 minutes to make and it's packed with protein and nutrients!  Whether you serve it as a sandwich, salad, part of a grain bowl, or eat it plain with a spoon, these smashed chickpeas are completely customize-able and perfect for lunch on the go, snack time, potlucks or an easy weeknight dinner!
Course: Salad, Sandwich
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Easy, quick, smashed chickpea
Servings: 2
Calories: 172 kcal
Ingredients
Chickpea Salad:
  • 1 (16 ounce) Can Chickpeas – drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp Za’atar *
  • ¼ tsp each: cumin, salt, garlic powder
  • ¼ Cup Oil Packed Sundried Tomatoes – drained and chopped
  • ¼ Cup Feta Cheese - crumbled
  • 2 TBS Chives – thinly sliced
Tahini Mayonnaise
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBS Lemon Juice
  • 1 TBS Tahini
For the Sandwiches (ALL Optional):
  • Artisan Bread – sliced and toasted
  • Miro Greens
  • Radishes – sliced
  • Carrots – shredded
  • English Cucumber – sliced
  • Red Onion – sliced
  • Avocado – sliced
  • Lettuce
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Make the Tahini Mayonnaise: In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Make the Smashed Chickpea Salad: Place chickpeas in a medium sized mixing bowl and use a potato masher or fork to lightly mash the chickpeas (gently mash to keep some of the chickpea texture). Add in 3 tablespoons of the tahini mayonnaise, za’atar, cumin, salt, garlic powder, sundried tomatoes, feta, scallions and a pinch of black pepper. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. If a creamier salad is desired, add more tahini mayonnaise a tablespoon at a time*.
  3. For the Sandwich: Spoon a generous amount of the chickpea salad onto two slices of (toasted) bread. Top with desired garnishes. Slather a bit of the tahini mayonnaise on the remaining two slices of bread and place (mayo side down) on top of garnishes to complete sandwich. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

**Nutrition information is for the smashed chickpea salad with HALF of the tahini mayonnaise.

1.       The amount of tahini mayonnaise used in the salad will depend on personal preference.  Start with 3 tablespoons and taste the mixture.  If a creamier texture is desired, add more tahini mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.  I personally used 4 tablespoons.

2.       The tahini mayonnaise will keep, stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 5 days.

3.       The smashed chickpea salad will keep, stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

4.       Za’atar is a traditional eastern Mediterranean spice blend and can be found in the spice isle of most major grocery store.  I have also included how to make the blend yourself below.

*DIY Za’atar:

1 TBS Dried Thyme

1 TBS Sumac

1 TBS Ground Cumin

1 TBS Sesame Seeds

1 tsp Dried Oregano

½ tsp Kosher Salt

(Stir everything together and store in an airtight container at room temperature)

 

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 456mg20%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 21.5mg26%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.