These recipes are part of our “Cooking for Two” series, which is aimed at foodies who prefer not to waste ingredients by cooking in large quantities. Perhaps you don’t have any children, either because you’re single or because your partner doesn’t want any (no kids, before kids, after kids). For whatever reason, it’s not ideal to have a lot of extra food sitting around. When creating these dishes, you were very much in our minds.
This faux chicken salad sandwich is fantastic. It’s like a chicken or tuna salad sandwich, just without the chicken or tuna. At first glance, it seems to be too easy to be so effective. Indeed, I was pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of chickpeas in a sandwich.
When I surprised my spouse, a traditionalist who prefers meat and potatoes above anything else, he was even more amazed than I was. Whether you pair it with soup, salad, or my personal favorite, potato chips, this sandwich is perfect for a last-minute lunch for two. In a nutshell, it’s a gratifyingly fast and simple activity.
One of the Best Dry Beans to Keep in Your Pantry Is Chickpeas
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a great blank canvas when mashed. They take on the tastes of tangy mustard and luscious mayonnaise, and they pair well with the crispiness of celery and almonds.
Complete this sandwich for a full course by stacking buttered avocado, tomato slices, and greens. In this case, regular lettuce would do just fine, but when out grocery shopping, I came across some baby watercress. The sandwich was given a bit more zip thanks to the pepper.
Best Sandwich Bread: Why Is It So Important?
During the same trip to the store, I discovered a wonderful loaf of seeded wholegrain bread. It finished off the easy-to-make sandwich perfectly.
You can build a sandwich fit for a king with just the proper bread. Go for it if you can get your hands on some decent sourdough or hearty wholegrain bread. You shouldn’t hesitate to spend on this.
Options for Changes
This is just a suggestion; feel free to experiment with other greens in place of the watercress or to add chopped apples for sweetness and crunch in place of or in addition to the celery.
Although I recommend sticking to chickpeas, your sandwich may benefit from the inclusion of additional ingredients. You may use your favorite chopped pickles for the capers, or add some sliced radishes or shredded carrots to the greens before assembling the sandwiches.
Improving Your Chances of Success or Expanding Your Operation
Enough for around two sandwiches’ worth of filling. However, this may not be the case, depending on the thickness of your bread pieces. Make a quick salad with the leftovers or munch on them with crackers.
In order to serve more people, just double the ingredients by two. The filling may be stored for up to three days in the refrigerator.
Don’t put together the sandwiches more than four hours in advance or the bread may become mushy.
- 1 drained and rinsed 15-ounce can of chickpeas
- 2 diced celery ribs
- Capers (about 2 tablespoons worth): washed and drained
- Add 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
- 1.5 ounces of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- Dijon mustard, half a teaspoon
- Salt, about 1/8 of a teaspoon
- two shakes of black pepper
- Sandwich made with 4 pieces of bread
- To the halved avocado
- Two Tablespoons of Roughly Chopped Roasted Almonds
- Two to four slices of tomato
- One handful of watercress or other greens like romaine, arugula, or spinach
1. Mash the chickpeas:
Crush the chickpeas by mashing them roughly with a potato masher in a medium basin.
2. Organize the filling by:
Drop in some celery, capers, mayo, lemon juice, and mustard, and mix well. Add little salt and pepper to taste.
3. To make the sandwiches, assemble:
Put two slices of bread on a chopping board for a sandwich. Spread 1/4 of an avocado on one piece of bread. Mix in a little bit of salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the almonds and top with a dollop of the chickpea salad. Put a slice or two of tomato on one piece of bread, some lettuce, and the other slice on top. To prepare a second sandwich, just follow the instructions again.
To serve, cut the sandwich in half or leave it whole and set out a bowl of chips and a salad on the side.
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