Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich

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Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich-this healthy and delicious sandwich only takes minutes to make! You can also use the salad as a dip for veggies, crackers, or chips! 

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich Recipe

Last week, I made Crispy Gnocchi with Pesto for dinner. Caleb loved it and wanted to eat the leftovers for breakfast. I am happy he loved what I made for dinner, but since he ate the leftovers in the morning, I didn’t have anything for us to eat for lunch. He is only three and already an eating machine. I don’t even want to know what our grocery bill will be once I have two boys in high school:) Yikes!

I did still have some leftover Spinach Basil Pesto in the fridge so I decided to make Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Sandwiches for lunch!

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich

This sandwich might look familiar because it is based on my all-time favorite sandwich, my Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich. I’ve been making that sandwich for years and it never gets old. It always hits the spot.

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich Recipe

Well, this time I changed things up and added pesto to the mix since I had some in the fridge. I am SO glad I did because this version of my favorite sandwich is awesome! I love it just as much! The pesto adds a pleasant burst of flavor! I used our homemade Spinach Basil Pesto, which is my favorite, but you can use store bought pesto if you are in a pinch!

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad

I like to put the smashed chickpea salad in between two slices of bread to make a sandwich, but it is also good with veggies, crackers, chips, toast, or on a bed of greens!

I made sure I made two sandwiches before I let Caleb have at it. I wanted to make sure I got one:) I don’t know if Caleb will ask to eat this Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Sandwich for breakfast, but he did like it for lunch and I think you will too! Enjoy!

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich Recipe

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Salad Sandwich

This simple chickpea salad is SO good! I like to use it to make a sandwich, but it is also good with veggies, crackers, chips, or on a bed of greens!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
3 sandwiches


  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons Basil Pesto
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Slices of bread I use whole wheat
  • Spinach leaves if desired


  1. Place the chickpeas on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel and remove the outer skins. Roll them around a bit and they will come off easily. You can leave them on, but I like to remove them.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas and avocado. Smash with a fork until well combined. It is ok if some of the chickpeas are chunky. I like the texture. Stir in pesto and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Spread chickpea salad on bread slices and top with spinach leaves, if using. Cut sandwich in half and serve!
  4. Note: I use our homemade Spinach Basil Pesto, but you can use store bought. If you need the sandwich to be vegan, use vegan pesto. This salad also makes a great dip. Serve with cut up veggies, crackers, or pita chips. Also, this salad is best eaten the day it is made because it will turn brown due to the avocado. Use gluten-free bread if you need the recipe to be gluten-free.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Chickpeas and avocado? What a brilliant idea. I love the flavor combination especially with pesto thrown into the mix. I usually have hummus and pita with lunch, but I may have to start bringing these sandwiches instead!

  2. I’m impressed your son Caleb found this tasty and even ate the leftovers for breakfast. I have 2 girls just a little older than your boys but sometimes find it tricky finding food they will eat (that is super healthy). But yes, they eat a lot! Our grocery bill is almost $1000 a month, even though we try to buy mostly organic and free range food.

  3. I’m always looking for healthy and filling lunches and I have to say, this is a winner! I can’t WAIT to have this for lunch next week! I too have some leftover pesto so I am going to put it to good use :). I’ll even get a little crazy and add some goat cheese on top. I can hardly have a sandwich without cheese 🙂

  4. That will be lunch for the weekend! In addition to the sandwich filling looking terrific, what kind of bread did you use? All of the seeds and grain looks awesome and would add wonderful crunch to the sammy.

  5. That’s great that Caleb is asking for healthy foods for breakfast rather than the typical sugar laden option most kids want. You’re clearly doing something right!

    I love how simple and nutritious this sandwich looks. It will be perfect for a quick and easy lunch option. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Now this is a sandwich filling that I would never have dreamed up! But now that I’ve seen it, I MUST make it. Perfect for my lunch!

  7. I could eat avocado for breakfast lunch and dinner, so this sandwich had me at hello! And it might be that we are caught in a neverending winter up here, but it also looks like springtime to me!

  8. This sandwich looks SO GOOD! I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this combination before as I love chickpeas, avacados, and pesto! I saw a comment above that your son will eat anything green because the hulk is green, my four year old will eat green too because it is like green eggs and ham. Haha oh kids come up with the funniest things sometimes 🙂

  9. Yummy! this would be awesome with some alfalfa sprouts, crispy lettuce, and a few slices of beetroot! thanks for recipe

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