Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich has cayenne-roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pesto mayonnaise, and cucumbers on flatbread. It’s epic.

Today I’m sharing a pretty spectacular sandwich with you.

This Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich this is worth reading about, considering, and trying. It’s so dang good, I MUST describe the myriad of flavors to you before another moment passes.

This Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich has cayenne-roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pesto mayonnaise, and cucumbers on flatbread. It's epic.

Chickpeas roasted in cayenne pepper, then blended with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, mayonnaise, and fresh basil.

THAT, on flatbread with crisp lettuce, crunchy cucumbers, and pesto mayonnaise.

I mean, I just can’t even with all the flavors and textures and general wonderment.

This Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich has cayenne-roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pesto mayonnaise, and cucumbers on flatbread. It's epic.

Back in April, I attended the IACP Conference. One of the lunches was hosted by USA Pulses (pulses are beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils). I had the most fabulous sandwich that day: A spicy chickpea salad spread on a baguette with lettuce and cucumbers.

I snapped a quick photo of the sandwich description (created by Crossroads Chef Tal Ronnen). That photo has served as my guide to recreating the masterpiece in my own kitchen. I just started mixing ingredients, tasting as I went, and by the end I had a sandwich worth devouring.

I devoured it.

Then I made another one so I could take pictures.

My biggest opportunity for improving the original sandwich I tried at IACP was the bread. I love baguettes as much as anyone, but it was all wrong for the chickpea salad. It was too chewy and the ratio of bread-to-spread was off. Soft, pillowy flatbread was the PERFECT upgrade.

The Spicy Chickpea Salad is vibrant in both color and flavor and even better than I remember. When you add the pesto mayo and all those crunchy veggies, the angels sing.

You can make both the Spicy Chickpea Salad and the pesto up to 3 days in advance (or purchase pesto at the store). I don’t recommend mixing up the pesto mayonnaise until you are assembling the sandwiches.

I also suggest cutting the the cucumbers on the bias to make the slices as long as possible. It just makes it easier to layer them on the sandwich.

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Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 1 hour 20 min

Total Time: 1 hour 30 min

This Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich has cayenne-roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pesto mayonnaise, and cucumbers on flatbread. It's epic.

Ingredients:

To make the Spicy Chickpea Salad:

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1/4 cup loosely-packed fresh basil leaves

To make the Pesto Mayonnaise:

To make the Sandwiches:

  • 4 flatbreads
  • 4 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce

Directions:

  1. To make the spicy roasted chickpeas, preheat oven to 400°F. Spread rinsed chickpeas on a clean kitchen towel and rub to dry. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Spread in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time. Cool 15 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, combine roasted chickpeas, mayonnaise, tomatoes, peppers, basil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise and pesto in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, lay 4 flatbreads on a flat surface. Divide the Spicy Chickpea Salad among 2 flatbreads, spreading each with a thick layer. Spread the remaining 2 flatbreads with Pesto Mayonnaise.
  5. Arrange the cucumbers in a single layer on each Chickpea Salad flatbread, then sprinkle with lettuce. Top each with a Pesto Mayonnaise flatbread.
  6. Cut each of the two flatbread in half or into triangles and serve.

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This Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich has cayenne-roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pesto mayonnaise, and cucumbers on Naan bread. It's epic.

5 comments

  1. This looks and sounds sooo good. I may have to eat this, now.

  2. I’m sold! This sounds awesome. I’m thinking lunch all week!

    • Thank you so much, Emily! I feel like this recipe belongs on someone else’s blog (not mine) but I love it so much. Thanks for being a kindred spirit. :)

  3. Loving how the spicy chickpea spread is made. I imagine it would make a great dip too!

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