Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich Spread

Avocado and chickpea sandwich spread

Pairing the great flavors of avocado and chickpeas, this tasty sandwich spread was inspired by the avocado tartine offered at the restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien. These eateries are all over NYC and are spreading elsewhere, which is great, as I’m completely addicted to that sandwich. Here’s an easy way to recreate it at home — also a good thing, as I’m quite addicted to avocado, plain or embellished. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Makes: 2 open-faced sandwiches

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup cooked or canned (drained and rinsed) chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise, or as desired
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Fresh whole-grain bread

Optional garnishes (use any or all):

  • Fresh sprouts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Finely chopped black olives
  • Finely diced fresh or sun-dried tomato
  • Thinly sliced scallion (green part), or finely chopped parsley or cilantro

In a shallow bowl, combine the avocado and chickpeas. Mash with a fork until fairly smooth, leaving a bit of texture.

Add the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and cumin to the avocado-chickpea mixture and stir until well blended. Season gently with salt and pepper.

For each serving, spread two slices of whole-grain bread on a plate and divide the spread among them. Top with any of the desired toppings and serve at once.

Avocado and chickpea sandwich spread recipe




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15 comments on “Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich Spread

  1. Melissa Miles

    I just made this for lunch. I used whole grain pitas and stuffed this inside with some fresh Kale and sunflower seeds. It was really good and very filling.

  2. Loy Cortes-Machan

    Looks delish! I will be making this for lunch and I will incorporate chia seeds into the mix. 🙂

  3. Nava Post author

    Loy, just be aware that the chia seeds will take on that characteristic “gel” texture after being moistened by the other ingredients. If you like that texture, that’s fine, but it might not appeal to everyone!

  4. Carol McCollum

    love your healthful recipes!! Having trouble pinning. When I try to pin, this message pops up: parameter ‘image_url’ (value IMAGE URL) is not a vaild URL format.

  5. Nava Post author

    Thanks, Carol! Have you tried the pinterest tool that pops up when you hover over the photos? That should work. We are in the process of fixing the one that’s in the row of sharing tools; that one has been problematic.

  6. Jeanne

    There is obviously something other than just chives garnishing this sandwich…oregano? I see stems and small leaves

  7. Nava Post author

    Jeanne, after the main ingredient list, there’s a list of garnish options — for this photo, I used sunflower seeds and pea shoots, which is a type of sprout. That’s probably what you’re asking about. Though fresh oregano would be good as well!

  8. Tracy

    Just delicious. I had mine on quinoa rice toast plus a bed of spinach leaves. I also added hemp seeds. Thank you!

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