Chickpea Walnut Sandwich
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Get out of your lunchtime rut and make packing lunches more exciting with this Chickpea Walnut Sandwich. 

half of a chickpea walnut sandwich on a cutting board

Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question.

sandwich on rye bread with an apple

I always pack my lunch for the next day the night before. If not, I’m typically running out the door and a Siggi’s yogurt, KIND bar, and a piece of fruit are just tossed in my bag on my way out. I don’t mind those “snacky” kind of lunches once in a while, but I’d prefer more of a meal kind of lunch.

chickpea walnut sandwich on rye bread cut in half

Plant-Based Proteins:

This chickpea walnut sandwich is a plant-based tuna/chicken salad makeover. I always try and make sure protein is present at lunchtime to help keep me full through the afternoon. Chickpeas are the perfect pulse for this recipe because the firm texture holds its shape. The addition of the walnuts is key for the crunch factor, while also providing heart-healthy fats.

vegetarian sandwich on a cutting board

Greek yogurt is a great substitute for mayonnaise to trim back on saturated fat and replace it with a boost of protein and calcium instead.

Add to a sandwich, top on a salad, or dip with crackers – this chickpea walnut mixture is versatile to get you out of your lunchtime rut.

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cut in half chickpea sandwich

Chickpea Walnut Sandwich

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: sandwich


  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • (Optional) Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion


  1. Add chickpeas to a bowl and lightly mash with a fork. (Not too much. We aren’t making hummus!) Add walnuts, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, and scallions and mix together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Add a desired amount of the chickpea mixture to the bread and add desired toppings. Top with the other slice of bread.


Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.

Keywords: sandwich, vegetarian, plant-based

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17 thoughts on “Chickpea Walnut Sandwich

  1. This sandwich looks so good, I love that you’ve added walnuts too! I’ve been using walnuts in lots of my meals lately but haven’t tried them in a sandwich, that sounds crunchilicious 😀

  2. Yum! I pair chickpeas and avocado together a lot for a tasty sandwich, but I’ve never thought to eat chickpeas and walnuts together-sound like a delicious combination, especially with the Greek yogurt, honey, and mustard!

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