Monday, March 25, 2024

Simple Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe

Whenever I tell people that I am mostly plant-based the first thing they say is "I could never do that.  I love (fill in the blank) too much."  The thing is there is nothing that I loved from a traditional American Standard Diet that I can't have in a plant-based version.  Sometimes you just have to learn how to think outside of the box.  Take my Simple Chickpea Salad Sandwiches for example.   


A Chickpea Salad sandwich on a blue plate, with an apple.

Enjoy a tasty twist with this Simple Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe! Packed with flavor and nutrition, it's a satisfying meal option that will leave your tastebuds surprisingly wanting more. I can't wait to share this one with you so...


Let's Get Started!




WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, finely diced
  • 2 Stalks of Celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
 

WHY CHICKPEAS WORK IN THIS RECIPE:

Chickpeas serve as an excellent substitute for chicken in chickpea salad due to their rich protein content, versatility, and ability to absorb flavors, providing a satisfying texture and taste without compromising on nutrition or flavor. I am constantly swapping them for chicken in recipes and am always surprised at how much I enjoy the flavor. Not to mention chickpeas are high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and have a low GI index.


DO I HAVE TO USE CANNED CHICKPEAS?

No. You can always make your chickpeas from scratch, but there are a couple things to think about. One, time. Making any bean from scratch is nearly a 24 hour process, and chickpeas have a couple added steps then your average bean. Two, time. This is not one of those recipe where making the beans from fresh really make all that much difference. I say go simple, but you do you.


LET'S TALK MAYO:

Obviously when we are talking plant-based you will use a vegan mayo in this recipe. However, if plant-based is not your goal any mayo you enjoy will do. You can also use plain greek yogurt or it's plant-based equivalent. I will tell you that the yogurt doesn't hold up quite as well in the fridge.


WHY NUTRITIONAL YEAST:

When eating plant-based, nutritional yeast is what I consider to be a bit of a super food. According to Web MD, along with several vitamins and minerals nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It also contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein like those found in animal products. 

Complete proteins are important nutrients that assist functions like tissue repair and nutrient absorption. They may also prevent muscle loss. 

Okay, I think I have answered all the questions you may have. If there is anything else you would like to know leave them in the comments and I will add them to the post later.


Now without further ado, the recipe...


A chickpea salad sandwich on a blue plate with apples.


1 comments:

  1. Delicious and incredibly easy to make! I did not have celery so I used green pepper. While fiddling around with the flavor profile, I added 1 tsp of jalapeno honey mustard. It immediately turned into "fauxtato" salad--and I'm not mad about that!

    Next time I will be sure to have celery and nootch on hand to make it as you meant it to be experienced. Thank you for a great recipe is so open to variation.

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