I live where avocados are a staple. There's a reason why "California style" means "add some avocado, thanks." Both my dad and aunt have avocado trees in their backyards, and my dad's tree is a variety that will produce fruit late in the fall and early winter. So we can have avocados practically year-round. I'm always looking for new things to do with the trusty old avocado.

There are two reasons I love this recipe. First, the chickpeas add bulk without an overpowering flavor, which means for those who live in places where an avocado is $4, one avocado can go a loooooong way. This recipe makes enough for several sandwiches. And second, I love to play with food, and this recipe lets you get really creative in how you craft your sandwich. You can make it fancy, topped with a twist of lime zest for an appetizer for an elegant party, or you can create a fun kids' lunch, making happy faces with a tomato slice and a couple jalapeño slices for eyes. Versatile, healthy, filling, fast and easy — which adds up to a winning recipe. This recipe is adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Ingredients for avocado and chickpea salad sandwiches

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Total time: 15 minutes 

Yields: 4-6 sandwiches, depending on how big you make them

Avocado and Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Bread of your choice
  • Fresh spinach leaves or other sandwich toppings: lettuce, tomato slices, sprouts, etc.
Cooking directions
  1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Add them to a large bowl. Pit the avocado and using your knife, score the flesh to make cubes. Scoop the cubes out of the skin with a spoon. Using a sturdy fork or a potato masher, smash the chickpeas and avocado together.
  2. Add cilantro, green onion, and lime juice to the mash and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Now for the fun part. Spread the mixture on bread and top with your favorite sandwich toppings. You can build a traditional sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and other goodies in the middle, or you can make them open-face with toppings like thinly sliced tomatoes, jalepeños, sprouts, lime zest, a slice of hard-boiled egg, or anything else you can think of. Enjoy!