Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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A quick and easy smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich. I’m sure this will fast become your new go-to for work lunches or even picnics. Chickpeas are mashed and combined with celery, red onion, gherkins, tahini, lemon and coconut yoghurt to give a creamy, salty-tangy filling – making an incredibly substantial and satisfying sandwich.

A sandwich made from rustic bread jam packed with fresh greens, avocado and a smashed chickpea filling. On a plate ready to eat.

My brother’s wonderful partner Elise is a fellow foodie, plant-lady, tarot and crystal loving hippy like me. She came to visit the other day with a sample of this delicious chickpea smash she’d made – quick (15 mins), easy, healthy and delicious – it absolutely had to make an appearance here on the blog.

It is a one bowl mix of chickpeas with finely diced celery, red onion and gherkins, with some lemon juice, salt and pepper, and creamy tahini and coconut yoghurt to round it out. This combination very loosely reminds me of a creamy chicken, egg or tuna salad sandwich filling – but it is so much better because it is entirely plant-based!

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Lauren holding a giant sandwich filled with salad greens, avocado and smashed chickpeas

Health and Nutrition Highlights:

  • Chickpeas are a great source of plant-protein, fibre and iron
  • Tahini is a source of calcium
  • Coconut yoghurt provides some beneficial bacteria
  • Celery is a great source of minerals
  • Nut free – so ideal for school lunches if the kiddos don’t mind the taste of onion

Ingredients for a smashed chickpea salad sandwich filling laid out on a chopping board

Making the chickpea salad sandwich filling is as simple as anything – mash, dice, combine. You can add further spices to your liking such as cumin powder or chilli, or even a little Dijon mustard with a dash of black salt – which has a unique sulfur like taste and hence mimics eggs well in veganised recipes.

Ingredients for a smashed chickpea mock tuna filling in a bowl ready to be mixed togetherSmashed chickpea filling mixed together in a white bowl ready to spread over sandwiches

To Serve

I’ve photographed this as a sammie made from rustic seeded sourdough, fresh greens, sprouts, crunchy cucumber and mashed avocado. And if you have the time to make bread from scratch – I’ve got a fabulous recipe here for a gluten free Buckwheat and Millet loaf.

A lighter option would be to use a wrap, either grain based or a raw, dehydrated flax and vegetable number similar to this one.

Raw onion bread would also be a winner.

And even lighter still – spoon the smashed chickpea mixture into lettuce cups with a little quinoa and a dollop of avocado.

Open faced sandwich on a plate topped with smashed chickpeas, avocado and cucumber

Now, I’ve given credit to the fabulous Elise for this creation, but I must also tip a hat to my photographer extraordinaire – my lovely partner Stipe. He snapped the pic of me below holding that mammoth sandwich, and is pleased as punch with how it turned it out (I’ve been trying to get him a little more familiar with the old camera for such occasions).

Lauren holding a large salad filled sandwich, at the kitchen table

 So, full credit to you, S. Vezich Photography!

Enjoy guys – take this one and make it your own with whatever herbs and spices you prefer. Thanks for reading and see you next week.


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Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

15 minute smashed chickpea filling ideal to make one delicious salad sandwich! Yields 6-8 serves (approx. 1/3 cup per). Nut free.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 110kcal


  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained 400g
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ red onion
  • 6 gherkins/pickled baby cucumbers choose a sugar free brand
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon hulled tahini
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • seeded sourdough or rye bread, raw wrap or lettuce cups
  • avocado mashed
  • cucumber
  • salad greens
  • sprouts


  • Finely dice the celery, red onion and gherkins.
  • Mash the chickpeas with a fork then combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Enjoy as is, or make an epic sandwich – pairs perfectly with avocado! (Doesn’t everything?).


Estimated nutritional information is for one serve (approx. 1/3 cup) of the smashed chickpea filling only.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 97mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3% | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 1%
Nutrition Facts
Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
% Daily Value*
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

BNatMed, AdDip NutMed, BCS, Certified FitGenes Practitioner.