Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Smashed Chickpea & Pesto Sandwich

I have a thing for sandwiches as of late.  When did this start?  Why did this start?  I can’t answer.

Remember last week when I put roasted grapes and goat cheese in a sandwich? I wasn’t kidding when I said that I made a list of 18 sandwich recipes.   Oh and how about yesterday when my sandwich contained bananas and Biscoff and cream cheese?

And remember this one with avocados? I still can’t get enough of this one.  Proof is here.  Obviously I need help.  It seems that sandwiches of all kinds have just taken up residence in my little brain.

I am going to go ahead and declare this week sandwich week.  I have a few more ideas floating around and sandwiches deserve their own week, right?  Until then, enjoy some chickpeas and pesto.  I had no idea what this would turn out like but it was one of those ideas that I set my mind on, and then couldn’t give it up until I tried it.  Admittedly, I don’t even love chickpeas.  But smashed and smothered in pesto and then stuck between two slices of hearty bread, they are dreamy.  It’s sort of like chicken salad, or egg salad, except without chicken or eggs, but with chickpeas and pesto, and no mayonnaise.

Best part – It can double as a dip or appetizer for crostini, veggies, etc!

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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Smashed Chickpea & Pesto Sandwich Recipe

Yield: 2-4 sandwiches, depending on size

Total Time: 10 minutes

Classic pesto sauce mixed with smashed chickpeas and smothered between two slices of bread for a modern twist on a "salad" sandwich. Vegetarian, healthy, flavorful and simple.


1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 Tbs. prepared pesto
2 Tbs. red pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbs. onion, finely chopped
Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste


Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Lay them out on a paper towel and pat dry. Remove the papery skins if desired. Transfer them to a bowl and smash with two forks. Add the parsley, pesto, red pepper, onion, lime zest and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on sandwich bread, or as a dip with veggies, tortilla chips, etc.

Cassie's Notes:
Use any pesto that you like, the chickpeas will mesh well with any flavors.


37 Responses to “Smashed Chickpea & Pesto Sandwich”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 9, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    I am loving your sandwich craze! I always need new lunch ideas 🙂

  2. #
    Vicki Bensinger — May 9, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    This is really quite healthy and sounds like a great dip. Thanks for sharing this unique combo

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — May 9, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    Can I come over for lunch? 😉 Love all your sandwich ideas and this one is definitely on my list to whip up. I just love pesto and chickpeas all smashed into one delicious sandwich, amazing!

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    Tina@flourtrader — May 9, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Great blend of healthy and tasty ingredients! Very creative to come up with this one and I always can use a recipe like this. Well done!

  5. #
    Kathryn — May 9, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    My boyfriend always says that girls can’t make sandwiches, I’m going to have to show him this to prove him wrong!

    • Cassie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

      That’s right! Let me know what you think!

  6. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 9, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    An obsession w/ sandwiches is okay with me! This one looks delicious!

  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    i’m always looking for new sandwiches to make! i get so sick of lunch meat so quickly..switching it up like this makes me look forward to lunch more 🙂

  8. #
    Bev Weidner — May 9, 2012 @ 8:45 am


  9. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 9, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    ooh, i pinned something similar a couple weeks back + have been meaning to try it. sounds great – thanks for the reminder!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 9, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    What a great sandwich. I am nervous about the chickpeas, but given that you don’t love them, maybe I would like this. I love anything with pesto!

    • Cassie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

      I really did like it. I think next time I might even roast or pan-toast the chickpeas before smashing and adding the pesto.

  11. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 9, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Ooh sandwich week?! I can’t wait to see what else you have planned.

  12. #
    Anna — May 9, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I love sandwiches and new sandwich ideas – 18 ideas?? I can’t wait to see them all!

  13. #
    heather — May 9, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    This looks and sounds delicious! I will definitely be making some for work!

  14. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 9, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    You are turning into Mrs. Sandwich this week…and I love all the gooey creations!

  15. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — May 9, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    This is such a great idea! I always have chickpeas on hand… now off to see if I have any pesto or basil…

  16. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — May 9, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    What an awesome sandwich…love it!! Will definitely be adding this to my lunch line-up!

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — May 9, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Amazing. I adore that chickpea/hummus/pesto gooooodness. I wanna take a bath in it.

  18. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 9, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    I’m all for sandwich week! This does look delish. And I like that it could also be a dip! Great vegetarian option!

  19. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 9, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    Hmm this one looks goood! I need more variation in my sandwich recipe collection. Thanks for sharing this one – it’ll be on the list! 🙂

  20. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 9, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I’d eat this, immediately.Love smashed chick pea anything.

  21. #
    Tracey — May 9, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    Hooray for sandwiches! I can’t wait to see what else you have planned 🙂

  22. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — May 9, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    keep the sandwiches coming!! 🙂

  23. #
    luv what you do — May 9, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    What a creative idea! That sandwich looks great. We have some premade pesto and this could easily be my new go-to sandwich instead of PB$B!

  24. #
    Kristi RImkus — May 9, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    You make some seriously inventive sandwiches. Tasty too!

  25. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 10, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    I love all the flavors you used here – if the sandwiches that remain on your list are as delicious as the ones you’ve already shared, then keep them coming!

  26. #
    Ally — May 10, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    You’ve just given me the solution to my 3 cans of garbanzo beans!

  27. #
    alex — May 10, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Love this sandwich! yum! like you said, I love the idea of using it as a dip also!

  28. #
    Katie @ OhShineOn — May 11, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    I just made a sandwich like this a few weeks ago, except I used chickpeas, kale, and avocado. The flavors were delicious and I loved the creamy combination. This recipe looks great, too!

    • Cassie replied: — May 11th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      Ooo, kale + avocado sounds like a fabulous combination with the chickpeas, trying that soon!

  29. #
    Linda Castle — October 18, 2015 @ 4:56 am

    thanks for these. Am trying to expand my menu for vegan and vegetarians at my new sandwich shop and looking for inspiration. My fav has always been chickpeas curry cooked with potatoes…really yummy


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