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Mashed Chickpea Sandwich Filling

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

Finding something hearty and satisfying to put in a sandwich stumps most people when first making the transition to a plant-based diet. Vegan "deli meats" (yes, they do exist) are highly processed so I never use them. But how about something that can take the place of tuna salad or egg salad? Enter this chickpea mash. You can stuff it into a pita, spread it on toasted bread or heap it up on some nice greens and serve with fresh fruit. Also try it's cousin No-Egg Salad.

Mashed Chickpea Sandwich Filling

Makes enough for 2 sandwiches

1 15.5 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

1 stalk celery, diced (about 1/4 cup)

3 tablespoons chopped onion (any kind but red onion is particularly good)

1/8 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon agave nectar

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

2 tablespoons Healthier Mayonnaise (see note)

a good pinch or two of kelp granules, optional but it gives it a slightly "tuna" taste

Mash chickpeas until mostly broken apart but still chunky.

Mash chickpeas in a large bowl with a fork or alternatively, mash in a stand mixer on the lowest speed. You want them to be mostly broken up but still a bit chunky. Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.


The Healthier Mayonnaise recipe makes 1/2 cup, is very easy and quick, and keeps several days. There are commercially prepared vegan mayonnaises but they are heavily processed and full of oil.

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