Chunky Bean Spread Sandwiches

Here’s a cool and casual sandwich that really satisfies. Pinto or pink beans are amply flavored with bell pepper, olives, and scallion. Made in minutes for a quick lunch or dinner, an excellent fresh bread is a must. Serve with fruit for lunch; and a simple potato salad or slaw for dinner.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 1/2 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 to 2 scallions, green part only, coarsely chopped
  • 15- to 16-ounce can pinto or pink beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise, or more, as desired
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Fresh whole-grain wheat, rye, or sourdough bread
  • Thinly sliced tomatoes
  • Sprouts or shredded lettuce

To make in a food processor: Combine the bell pepper, olives, and scallions in a food processor. Pulse on and off several times, until everything is coarsely and evenly chopped into approximately 1/4-inch pieces. Add the beans, mayonnaise, lemon juice, cumin, and pepper. Pulse on and off until everything is evenly chopped, leaving a chunky texture. Transfer to a small serving bowl.

To make by hand: Finely chop the bell pepper, olives, and scallions. Mash the beans with the tines of a fork or a potato masher. Combine them with the bell pepper, olives, and scallions in a small serving bowl and stir in the mayo, lemon juice, cumin, and pepper.

Let everyone assemble their own sandwiches as follows: spread a generous amount of the bean mixture on one slice of bread, top with a few slices of tomato and a handful of sprouts or lettuce, then cover with another piece of bread, or serve open face.

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2 comments on “Chunky Bean Spread Sandwiches

  1. Kendra

    Absolutely delicious!! I forgot to strain my beans and my “food processor” was a single-service smoothie maker, so it was a littler runnier than I would have liked, but the taste is amazing. Also, this is perfect for a vegetarian college student like me to bring lunch to campus instead of spending money on french fries and such. I will definitely be recommending this to my friends!

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