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Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Sandwich

Why does the idea of smashing a chickpea sound so appealing?

I think it’s for the same reason that hitting something hard at TaeKwonDo feels good. It’s all those little things in life that just make you angry that you will never mention to the person that is bugging you because you’re just too nice to say it or you don’t want to make waves. It’s often better left unsaid … so much better to walk away, not say anything, or let that person find their own truth, their own karma. But still there are these little bits of anger that build up inside of you and you need to let it out somehow.

For me, yoga helps, but it’s not enough. I need to really smash something, something that isn’t going to care if I hurt it. Ah, and even better if I get to eat it in the end!

Come here, little chickpeas! I will smash you into a sandwich … oh and you too, little avocado!

… but seriously, though, this is quite a delicious sandwich. And if you can relieve a few frustrations in the process, that’s even better.

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Sandwich

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich

Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod. Makes 2 – 3 sandwiches.

  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 Tablespoons sundried tomato ranch dressing (recipe here – or use regular ranch and add a couple finely chopped sundried tomatoes to the mixture)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet onion, chopped fine
  • Cilantro (a few sprigs if you can gather it … mine is so pathetic all I can get is a few leaves … sigh. )
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • juice of a wedge of lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
  • lettuce leaves, onion, tomato, whatever you like to put on a sandwich


  1. In a  bowl, using a fork or potato masher, smash the chickpeas and avocado together. Let out your frustrations … really, it’s ok.
  2. Add in the cilantro, onion, and squeeze the lime over top. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Toast your bread, spread both sides with the smashed chickpea/avocado mixture, then put your favorite sandwich toppings inside.
  4. Enjoy every bite!
You can use the smashed chickpea/avocado mixture as a dip, too.😉

Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty TuesdaysHearth & Soul Bloghop, Foodie FridaysSummer Salad Sundays, Weekend Potluck and Manic Monday.

7 responses

  1. Oh my darling Ann!! Can I just move in with you? How difficult would it be with two food bloggers in one house? LOL I nominated you for a much deserved award:)

    July 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    • Ann

      Yes, yes, come move in with me! what fun we would have! especially on Tipsy Tuesday LOL … and did you know we always go to yoga on Wednesday then out for wine? We call it “Wino Wednesday” … thank you so much for the award dear Bobbi!:)

      July 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  2. Thanks for stopping by Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party! Come back Sunday and vote for your favorites!

    July 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  3. 21stcenturyhousewife

    Being in the kitchen can be so very therapeutic, especially if you have had a rough day! I like the idea of combining the chickpeas with avocado – it’s delicious and nutritious!

    July 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

  4. Another great recipe! Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday!

    July 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  5. This looks wonderful.. love avocados and chickpeas.. so why not together.. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  6. Fabulous sandwich, I can imagine the avocado and chickpeas would go really well together. Thanks for shaing!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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