The other day I was plugging away working in my office when that familiar, mid-day hunger craving snuck up on me. Sometimes, when we don’t properly manage our flow of food fuel throughout the day, we can get the wrong kind of craving at the wrong time. Suddenly, all I wanted was some meat, mayo, and bread made from highly refined flour and sugar. Luckily, I don’t keep any of those things around my kitchen! So I mustered up enough focus to remember, that I have been wanting to experiment with a vegan version of the classic luncheon chicken or egg salad. Here is what I came up with about 20 minutes later, and it turned out pretty yummy.
curried chickpea salad sandwich
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 medium onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise (or regular for non-vegan)
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 cup raisins, currants or mixed dried berries (I used mix of raisins, cranberries, and blueberries)
1/2 cup cashew pieces (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste
Your favorite healthy bread
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, and-or other favorite sandwich fillings
In a small mixing bowl, combine the chickpeas, celery, onion, cilantro and set aside. In a separate small mixing bowl, make a dressing by combining the mayonnaise, honey, mustard, and spices. Add the dressing to the chickpea mixture, and using the tines of a fork smash and mix everything together. You want to smash the chickpeas into the mixture to the extent that they blend well and become dough-like with the other ingredients, while maintaining a few whole or partially smashed chickpeas intact, giving it a nice cohesive texture. Add the fruit and the optional cashews. By the time you are done mixing, it should look and feel like curried chicken or tuna salad, just to give you a point of reference. Be sure to add salt and pepper to your desired taste.
Make a sandwich with your favorite healthy bread and fillings, or enjoy served over a bed of lettuce, or in the center of a halved and cored avocado. I used Ezekiel bread and made a yummy sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. Ezekiel bread provides extra complete protein, making this sandwich an ideal vegan recovery meal for people who are working out or training for a physically taxing event.