Summer Chickpea Smash Sandwich


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A long time ago, an Englishman decided to put meat between two slices of bread because he did not want to leave his poker game. Behold, the laziest way to have lunch was created, and they named the sandwich after him! Thank you, old friend, because sandwiches now unite the world in the best possible way. Recently New York has been experiencing a heatwave--as much as I love cooking, I do not want to turn on my stove or oven for anything. I know there are millions of ways to make a sandwich, and usually, they have some type of meat as the star with veggies or dressings as the support. But I have one that's meat-free and involves my favorite legume, chickpeas. It’s super satisfying, light and comes together in under ten minutes! 

The chickpeas are smashed with fresh lemon juice and a little bit of water. Since chickpeas are a legume, they naturally tend to take on a creamy, chunky consistency. By tossing in cucumbers and red onions, the sandwich gets a nice crunch. Coriander provides a mild herbaceous note that complements all the flavors in the mash perfectly. Layer this on your favorite grain bread topped with microgreens or fresh cilantro, and you’ve got yourself a winning lunch in no time. 

Whether you are looking for a quick snack or lunch this Chickpea Smash Sandwich with Cucumber and Cilantro is perfect. Stupid easy to make, so get to it!


Recipe and Headnote Rachel Gurjar

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Prep time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic Coriander
  • 1/2 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Microgreens, for garnish
  • 8 slices whole grain bread, toasted


  • Step 1

    Add chickpeas, 2 tablespoons water and lemon juice to a large bowl and mash with a fork until a chunky texture is achieved. Add red onion, maple syrup, salt, crushed red pepper, coriander, cucumber and cilantro. Fold gently to combine.

  • Step 2

    To assemble, divide microgreens and chickpea mash evenly among 4 slices of bread. Top with more microgreens and the remaining slices of bread and enjoy.