Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread recipe

Chickpeas and kale are a tasty team, and this combination makes a great spread for bread, or a filling for pita bread or a wrap with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Or, simply place a scoop of it on a bed of leafy greens or in a Bibb lettuce leaf, and garnish with tomatoes and/or black olives.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 2 medium kale leaves (any variety)
  • One 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh dill leaves, or a sprig or two of fresh parsley
  • 1 to 2 scallions, green parts only,  cut into large pieces, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Stem the kale leaves and tear the leaves into several pieces. Place in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse on and off until finely chopped.
Chickpea and kale sandwich spread

Add the remaining ingredients and pulse on and off until the chickpeas are also evenly chopped and everything is nicely blended—don’t overprocess; leave the mixture a bit chunky.

Transfer to a serving container and serve at once, or cover and refrigerate until needed. Serve as suggested above, in the headnote.
Chickpea and kale sandwich spread or salad recipe


13 comments on “Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad

  1. Elisa

    Unexpected taste! Daughter who doesn’t like the texture of mayo based salads–even the chickpea tuna salad, liked this one very much and will take recipe back to college with her! Cost is about a dollar a meal for four!

  2. Juli Lane

    This is an absolutely fantastic spread! We have followed you through Vegetariana, Vegetarian Express, Vegan Express–your recipes are consistently outstanding. Thanks!

  3. Nava Post author

    Thanks so much, Judi! Wow, if you’ve been with me since Vegetariana, we’ve been on this journey together for a long time!

  4. sandra

    My daughter is vegetarian, she also has a nut allergy….. She won’t eat tofu, etc, and I am getting quite frustrated as she only eats pizza, pasta or rice. It’s getting to be quite the task in finding food that she will actually like, let alone eat.
    Help please.
    desperate mom

  5. Nava Post author

    Hi Sandra, sorry for the delayed response — pizza, pasta, and rice are actually not bad choices if they are whole grain and if they become vehicles for lots of veggies.
    Rice recipes:

    It’s good to start with what someone likes, and expand from there. In addition, make it fun rather than a task. Look through cookbooks and magazines together and ask your daughter what might be fun to make. Give her some of the choices, and some of the power. Let her go shopping with you. You don’t indicate how old your daughter is, but you might find some additional info and recipes on our Veg Kids and Teens page:

    Good luck!!

  6. Kathy

    Looks good, but…I am not a fan of vegan mayonnaise. Could you suggest a substitute for it?

  7. Nava Post author

    Marilyn, we’re working on it. After the site crashed last month and we moved it to a new server, the print button disappeared. We should restore it very soon. Meanwhile, you might try copying just the text into a word processing document. An extra step, I regret, but hopefully that will work.

  8. Nava Post author

    Connie, I just had another idea — well-mashed avocado. You may need to add a bit of salt to bring up the flavor or the dish, if not using mayo or a prepared dressing.

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