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Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich on a cutting board
4.94 from 160 votes

Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich

30-minute Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich with smashed chickpeas and roasted sunflower seeds in a simple dressing. Sandwiched between two slices of bread and topped with my secret garlic sauce, this is healthy lunch perfection.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 3 (sandwiches)
Category: Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

SANDWICH

  • 1 15- ounce can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (if salted, scale back on added salt)
  • 3 Tbsp vegan mayo (sub tahini for a more earthy, nutty flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp dijon or spicy mustard (if using tahini instead of mayo, use half as much mustard)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub agave or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill* (finely chopped)
  • 1 healthy pinch each salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 pieces rustic bread (lightly toasted // gluten-free for GF eaters)
  • Sliced avocado, onion, tomato, and or lettuce (optional // for serving)

GARLIC HERB SAUCE optional

  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 1/2 medium lemon, juiced (1/2 lemon yields ~ 1 Tbsp)
  • 3/4 - 1 tsp dried dill*
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Water or unsweetened almond milk (to thin)
  • Sea salt to taste (optional // I didn’t need any)

Instructions

  1. Prepare garlic herb sauce and set aside.
  2. Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and lightly mash with a fork for texture. Then add sunflower seeds, mayo, mustard, maple syrup, red onion, dill, salt, and pepper and mix with a spoon. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  3. Toast bread (if desired) and prepare any other sandwich toppings you desire (tomato, onion, lettuce).
  4. Scoop a healthy amount of filling onto two of the pieces of bread, add desired toppings and sauce, and top with other two slices of bread.
  5. Sunflower-chickpea mixture will keep covered in the fridge for up to a few days, making it great for quick weekday lunches!

Notes

*1 Tbsp dried dill can be subbed per 2 Tbsp fresh.
*2-3 tsp fresh dill can be subbed per 3/4-1 tsp dried.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without sauce, bread, or toppings.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 3 sandwiches without bread)