"Chickpea of the Sea" Salad Sandwiches

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I love this sandwich because it is packed with yummy protein and is quite healthy. If you are planning to take these delicious sandwiches on a picnic, I recommend either making the chickpea of the sea salad a little drier or assembling the sandwiches right before eating to avoid soggy sandwiches.

Also, replacing the yoghurt in my recipe for sour cream would give you a creamier (if somewhat fattier) sandwich filling which would be a little less runny. I also highly recommend adding some finely chopped celery to your salad if you happen to have some lying around. Of course the kalamata olives could be replaced with any olives of your choice or even omitted. The point that I’m making here is to feel free to add your own touch by adding or subtracting from this recipe as you like. Have fun and be creative!

1 3/4 cups (15.5 ounces) cooked chickpeas
5 or 6 heaping tablespoons yoghurt or sour cream
1/4 or a large green pepper, finely chopped
12 kalamata olives, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon hing
Sprinkle of black salt (optional)

Home baked sandwich bread
Sliced tomatoes
Lettuce leaves
[Favorite sandwich ingredients]

1. In a blender or food processor coarsely blend the chickpeas so they are broken but not a paste. It works best if this is quite lumpy.

2. Put the chickpeas into a bowl and add all of the other ingredients. Stir well to combine fully.

3. (Optional) Covering and refrigerating this for a few hours allows the chickpeas, yogurt/sour cream, and seasonings really mix together well.

4. Assemble sandwiches as desired. [This is a great step to involve your kids in!]

This sandwich is very easy and quick to make, and in a pinch you could simply use canned chickpeas rather than cooked. This takes maybe 15 minutes to prepare, making it perfect for an impromptu picnic at maybe the beach or swimming pool.

I suggest making your own bread for your sandwiches, as nothing quite beats homemade bread. And as I mentioned above, you could add or subtract veggies as desired. Try adding sliced cucumbers, tender asparagus, avocado, green peppers, or some crunchy carrot. Kids especially like to help with this because they can pick their own favorites and assemble it themselves.

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