Smashed Chickpea Avocado and Pesto Sandwiches

I’ve been on a chickpea kick lately. I love tossing them in salads or roast them for a crunchy guilt-free snack. My other obsession is just to smash them up, mix them with avocado and some pesto and spread it on a sandwich for a super quick and easy vegetarian lunch!

I almost didn’t post this recipe because it’s really barely a recipe, but it’s super yummy and I know I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy lunch ideas whether I’m at home or at work so I thought some of you might be too!

Smashed Chickpea Avocado and Pesto Sandwiches

This recipe makes enough for about three sandwiches so it’s also good for meal prepping for a couple of days worth of sandwiches. Just keep in mind that the avocado will start to brown after a day or so. I add a bit of lemon juice to the recipe to keep it more fresh, but if you plan to make this to use over a couple of days, you might want to add a little bit extra lemon juice to prevent it from getting too brown. Keeping it stored in an airtight container in the fridge also helps prevent browning.

I like to eat this chickpea salad with my favorite Ezekiel bread, some lettuce or spinach and fresh sliced tomato for a flavorful and simple lunch!

Smashed Chickpea Avocado and Pesto Sandwiches

Smashed Chickpea Avocado and Pesto Sandwiches
Yield: 3 servings

Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto Sandwiches

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

These easy Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Pesto salad sandwiches are the perfect and quick vegetarian lunch!


  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 medium avocado*
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 slices wheat bread (I use Ezekiel bread)
  • desired sandwich toppings (lettuce or spinach, sliced tomato, etc.)


  1. Add the drained chickpeas to a bowl. Using a fork or potato masher, roughly smash the chickpeas. Then mix in the avocado, pesto, salt, and lemon juice until combined.
  2. Divide chickpea mixture between three sandwiches (or store leftovers in a container in the fridge if just making one sandwich). Top each sandwich with desired toppings. Enjoy!


I only added half of an avocado to keep the calories lower on this sandwich, but you can certainly add 1 whole avocado for added creaminess if desired!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 781mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 14gSugar: 1gProtein: 15g

Please note that actual nutrition information may change depending on type of bread that you use or type of pesto. Calculations do not include sandwich toppings.

Smashed Chickpea Avocado and Pesto Sandwiches