Avocado Chickpea Salad | This chickpea avocado salad sandwich spread is a tasty and filling way to make your lunch greener. Add this creamy smashed chickpea and avocado spread with green onions, and fresh herbs to your favorite bread or bun and top with spinach and cucumber for a fresh and delicious meal.
Are you ready for the greenest of sandwiches? If a green goddess salad were a sandwich this would be it - it's a spinach cucumber avocado chickpea salad stuffed sub sandwich and it's amazing.
To me, chickpeas and avocado go hand in hand. I like the combo so much I turned it into hummus - try my Avocado Cilantro Lime Hummus recipe.
I love this smashed chickpea avocado salad on a long sub bun for lunch. If you want to try something less green, try my Chickpea Salad Sandwich Filling recipe with simpler ingredients.
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About the ingredients for this recipe. See the recipe card below for exact amounts.
- chickpeas: A 15 oz can of chickpeas contains about 1 ½ cups of chickpeas so that's the amount I use for this recipe. You can also use chickpeas cooked from dry (try my Instant Pot Chickpeas), which in my opinion have a nicer texture than canned, but I don't always have them on hand.
- avocado: one regular ripe avocado.
- green onion: I use only one green onion but you can omit this or add more according to your preference.
- cilantro: Grab a bunch of leaves off the stalk and stuff it into a quarter cup, then take them out and chop them up. Omit if you don't like cilantro, you could add more parsley if you want or even go for a mix of herbs like parsley, mint, dill, basil, etc.
- parsley: I use about the same amount of parsley as cilantro. Just rip some leaves of the top and stuff into a quarter measure. This doesn't need to be exact but it's helpful to know about how much to use. Use more or less, to your preference.
- lime juice: I like fresh lime juice for this recipe (it has more zing to me!) but store-bought lime juice bottles are just fine too, and I use that sometimes as well. Use what you have!
- Make chickpeas or drain and rinse canned chickpeas.
- Chop the green onion and the herbs.
- Peel and pit the avocado.
There are a few ways you can go about preparing this recipe, depending on the final texture you want. You can use a fork or a potato masher to mash the chickpeas. You can even toss them in a food processor or mini food processor.
I like the final salad with some chunky texture because I think it's nicer in a sandwich than a softer mix, but blend to your hearts content.
Mash the chickpeas. You can do this with a fork, potato masher, or food processor.
Mash them as much or as little as you want. I like it a little bit chunky because otherwise a sandwich can be a bit smushy.
Add the lime juice, cubed avocado and chopped herbs.
Mix everything together with a fork, mashing the avocado a bit. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your preference.
To make a sandwich I spread mayo on a long sub bun and then layer on fresh spinach leaves, the chickpea salad and then sliced cucumber. Salt and pepper the cucumber.
Cut the sandwich in half and serve.
✔ This sandwich filling is vegetarian and vegan.
> Want to spice it up? Add some hot sauce or chili flakes to the chickpea avocado salad.
> Try different toppings. Go with different greens, try a spicy mustard or some sliced tomatoes.
> Try different bread. Try this avocado chickpea filling on toast or slider buns for a get together!
You'll just need a potato masher or a fork. You could use a food processor if you want to, or a mini chopper.
RECIPE TIP: Tightly wrap the sandwich in parchment paper before cutting to keep all the sandwich fillings inside the sandwich. This is great for taking the sandwich on the go. Use a serrated knife to cut the sandwich - it will go right through the parchment paper.
This chickpea avocado salad is best used the day it's made, as it can turn brown due to the avocado.
More recipes with chickpeas
- Buffalo Chickpea Quesadilla
- Buffalo Chickpea Wrap
- Chickpea Patties
- Chickpea Salad Sandwich Filling
- Instant Pot Chickpeas (No Soak Method)
Tips + FAQs
I haven't tried it but I'm sure another white bean would work like navy beans or white kidney beans. You could also use black beans but the color of the filling will change.
Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- 1 ½ cups chickpeas
- 1 large avocado
- 1 large green onion (sliced)
- 1 bunch cilantro (1 packed quarter cup)
- 1 bunch parsley (1 packed quarter cup)
- juice of half a lime
- Mash the chickpeas to your preferred consistency. (See notes)
- Add the cubed avocado, greens and lime juice.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the filling on your choice of bread. I like mine on long sub buns with mayo, cucumber, and spinach.
- Want it spicy? Add some hot sauce or red pepper flakes to the avocado chickpea salad.
- Don't like these herbs? Use your favorite herbs such as dill, basil or mint.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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