Smashed Chickpea Avocado Spread is by far my favorite sandwich spread of all time. Something about the flavors of lime, avocado, and cilantro just thrills my taste buds.
The fact that it takes less than 10 minutes and only requires a bowl and fork to prepare doesn’t hurt either.
There are so many options for serving this spread–sandwiches, wraps, or even lettuce wraps.
We sometimes stuff endive or other large lettuce leaves with this spread and serve as an appetizer. It’s a great option for those avoiding bread and gluten products.
Every summer, we spend as much time at North Carolina and South Carolina lakes as possible. We enjoy boating, swimming, exploring water falls, and having picnics.
Being out on the water and sandy beaches requires that lunches be simple with foods that can be kept on ice and not require heating.
Our cooler is always packed with sandwiches, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit like mangoes and pears. It is all about keeping it simple and delicious. With these Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwiches, we get both!
When we take picnic lunches anywhere, these are definitely going with us!
Nutrition in Chickpeas
As a legume, chickpeas are considered both a vegetable and protein food, helping you hit two important food groups at once. These nutty beans are rich in a number of important nutrients that keep you well — including protein, vitamins and minerals — and they provide fiber too. Including chickpeas in your diet may play a role in reducing your risk of a number of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Chickpeas aren’t super low in calories like most veggies, but they’re rich in a number of good-for-you nutrients. A 1-cup serving of boiled chickpeas has 270 calories, 45 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber. That same 1-cup serving also meets 70 percent of the daily value for folate and 26 percent of the DV for iron. It’s also a good source of a number of other minerals including manganese, magnesium, zinc and copper, as well some other B-vitamins, including thiamine and vitamin B-6.–LiveStrong
Other Great Picnic Food Recipes:
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 Tbsp green onion chopped
- 1 juice from one lime
- Salt & Pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, using a fork or potato masher, smash the chickpeas and avocado together.
Add in cilantro, green onion, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Spread salad on bread and top with your favorite sandwich toppings. I like to add fresh spinach leaves. Or you can stuff the spread into an endive or other lettuce leaf and serve for a beautiful and delicious appetizer! Note: This salad also makes a great dip. Serve with cut up veggies, crackers, or pita chips. Best eaten the day it is made because it will turn brown due to the avocado.
This recipe has many variations from some terrific chefs. The first time I ever saw it was from cookbook author, Collen Patrick-Goudreau.