Sometimes it’s hard to pack a lunch for work, and sometimes a recipe like Everything Bagel Chickpea Salad Sandwiches comes along and makes you wonder why you weren’t making it all along!
Everything Bagel Chickpea Salad has everything you want at lunchtime. It’s creamy without all the mayo, it’s garlicky, it’s got crunchy bits, and it’s piled high between two slices of bread! Or it would be great in a pita, too! Or a wrap! You decide. It’s delicious all by itself, too.Jump to Recipe
To make a healthy chickpea salad, we start with healthy ingredients!
It’s always best to make your own. But I know it’s time consuming. I sometimes make my own from dry, but I also sometimes just buy canned beans. They are convenient. If you do that, look for no added salt varieties. They are available at most grocery stores now.
P.S. Chickpeas and Garbanzo Beans are the same thing.
I used a red onion. Mainly, it’s because that’s what I had. But I do love the contrasting color!
Use whatever onion you have. Even green onions would be fine!
Celery adds so much crunch to an otherwise mushy recipe. It’s so necessary! If you just hate celery, I recommend adding something else crunchy. Consider using diced bell peppers, diced carrots, or even nuts or seeds like pepitas, sunflower seeds, or pistachios.
Make sure your yogurt isn’t sweetened. That will throw off the flavor of your chickpea salad. For this, I used Forager Cashewmilk Yogurt (this post is not sponsored by Forager). I love how mixing it with lemon juice, garlic, and seasoning mimicked mayo! I had some leftover from when I made Pesto Scalloped Potatoes and Honey Cardamom Strawberry Muffins (which are sponsored posts).
You can really use any type of yogurt you want, as long as it’s unsweetened.
Don’t skip this! Lemon juice gives it that familiar tang of mayo. But if you don’t have a lemon, or bottled juice, you can use apple cider vinegar.
Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients. Beside tasting amazing, it’s got some pretty awesome heart healthy qualities! Garlic is high in antioxidants, which is likely the reason for it’s protective effects. It has been shown effective against ischemic heart complications (1), oxidative stress (2), and cardiovascular disease (3). It also seems to be able to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol (4). A pretty awesome little spice!
But there’s also garlic in the next ingredient, so if garlic’s not your jam, leave it out.
Everything Bagel Seasoning
Yum! It’s so great on just about everything! If you haven’t yet gotten yourself a jar of Everything Bagel Seasoning, now’s the time. I’ve seen it at both Trader Joe’s and Costco, but I’m sure it’s available in other stores, too.
Whole Grain Bread
Pick whichever kind you like. Just make sure there’s a 100% whole grain as the first ingredient on the label. Whole grains are more nutritious than refined, and have more fiber.
How to Make Chickpea Salad
It doesn’t get easier! Dump the chickpeas into a large bowl and smash them just a little. You want some of them to be crushed, but some of them to stay whole.
Now just add the rest of the ingredients (except the bread and toppings), and stir it all together. Easy (chick)peasy!
Everything Bagel Chickpea Salad Sandwiches are a great heart healthy lunch! Wondering what the best diet is for a healthy heart? This article names 3 best diets for heart health!
If you make this recipe, let me know in the comments! I can’t wait to hear how you like it!
Everything Bagel Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
These sandwiches are so easy! The chickpea salad is a perfect make-ahead option and will keep for several days in the fridge. An excellent, healthy, packable lunch for school or work!
- 1 ½ cups Chickpeas (1 can low or no sodium added chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
- ¼ cup diced Red Onion
- ¼ cup diced Celery
- ¼ cup Plain Yogurt (I used cashew milk yogurt)
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (½ Lemon juiced)
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 2 tsp Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
- Lettuce, Tomato slices, Onion slices, as desired
- In a large bowl, lightly smash chickpeas, leaving some whole.
- Add diced onion and celery, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and everything bagel seasoning. Stir to combine.
- Assemble sandwiches as you wish, 2 slices of bread per sandwich, with lettuce, onion, and tomatoes.
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