LR (oldest son) is getting married. Yes, I went through the cycle…joy, excitement, but in true Stephanie fashion all of that somehow led to food. My son's future mother-in-law and I decided we wanted to give "the kids" a bride and groom shower…again, that led me to immediately think of food.
LR is a vegetarian, I'm a recovering pescatarian - trying to be a full fledged vegetarian - and I'll be serving a bunch of carnivores. Immediately I thought I should serve something with a smokey flavor. Insert bright idea lightbulb! A chickpea sandwich!
I used to love chicken salad (my dad makes the bomb chicken salad) and I loved tuna salad…just because I don't eat meat anymore, doesn't mean I don't sometimes miss a certain dish.
This is my take on that chicken (tuna) salad.
I used a vegan mayo (@hamptoncreek) and I had my local baker make some multi-grain whole wheat bread. Then I added all the ingredients I would have normally used in the chicken salad, plus a few extra.
I made the salad for a sandwich, but this would be a great replacement, or addition, to potato salad.
2 Cans Chickpeas
1 Cup Celery - chopped
1 Cup Red & Yellow Bell Pepper - chopped
¾ Cups Green Onions (White & Green Part), about 4 onions - chopped
2/3 Cup Vegan Mayonaise
1 Tablespoon Stone Ground Mustard
1 Tablespoon Chia Seed
3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley
¼ Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Mash the chickpeas. Some should be mashed completely, some half mashed, and you can leave a few whole… You are trying to develop the consistency of chicken.
Mix all other ingredients in another bowl, then add the chickpeas. Serve on bread, or eat as a side dish.
Feel free to add salt and extra smoked paprika to taste.