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Lemony Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich with Feta and Arugula

by Aggies Kitchen on December 12, 2012

I’ve heard my friend Maria mention her favorite go-to lunch being her Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich more than a few times. Every time she mentions it I immediately begin to crave it, but for whatever reason, I have never actually gotten around to making it for myself. Don’t you hate when that happens?

The other day Dara asked the question “what are some of your favorite go-to lunch ideas?” on her Facebook page and after seeing Maria’s comment about what hers was, I figured it was finally time to make it for myself – especially since I had nothing planned for lunch but happen to have an avocado and a can a chickpeas in the pantry (like I pretty much always do).

I didn’t have everything I needed to make it exactly how Maria does, but I improvised and used what I had in my kitchen. The fresh whole wheat bread from the bakery and the zippy arugula along with the lemony smashed chickpea and avocado mixture made this sandwich one of my favorite lunches I’ve had in a long time. As a matter of fact, I’m having it for lunch again this week.

I don’t recommend waiting as long as I did to try it. ;)

Lemony Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich with Feta and Arugula

Serving Size: makes 3-4 sandwiches


  • 1 can Bush's Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), rinsed and drained well
  • 1 avocado
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon coarse lemon pepper seasoning
  • pinch salt and pepper, optional (omit if lemon pepper seasoning already has salt - the one I've been using is No Salt Added)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • handful arugula
  • sliced whole grain bread


  1. In a large bowl combine combine beans, avocado and lemon juice. Mash well with a large fork until well combined. (I used a serving fork, but if you have a potato masher feel free to use it. This part takes some muscle)
  2. Stir in lemon pepper seasoning, crumbled feta, salt and pepper (if using).
  3. Build your sandwich with 2 slices whole grain bread, a handful of arugula and chickpea & avocado mixture.


I've stored this in the fridge for a couple of days for quick lunches. The lemon should keep the avocado from browning.

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Amy (Savory Moments) December 12, 2012 at 6:37 am

What an interesting idea and combination for a sandwich! I do love both chickpeas and avocados, so I bet it is delicious.


shelly (cookies and cups) December 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

This sandwich looks like what I need for lunch! I LOVE chickpeas!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

What time is lunch? I’ll be right over!


Erica December 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

This has been calling my name ever since Maria first made it! YUM! Glad you think its fabulous as well.


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I want this for lunch right now!!!


Paula - bell'alimento December 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I’ve been on a sandwich kick lately! Love ‘em.


Angie December 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’m going to have to try this! I have to get some avocados though!


Cassie | Bake Your Day December 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

This is beyond fabulous, Aggie! I could probably eat this every day for lunch!


Sandy @ RE December 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Love this Aggie. So fresh and healthy! Yum!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Love this!


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

I will not wait as long as you did. Promise. :) Looks fantastic, Aggie!


katie December 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

Ummm this sounds crazy delicious! Must give this a try sooner (than later)!


Bree December 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

Completely loooks like a lunch I would make. YUM! :)


Koko @ Koko Likes December 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm



Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama December 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

Delicious! I love chickpeas and avocado.


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

Gorgeous sandwich!! Chickpeas are such a great meat substitute. :)


JulieD December 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

I have to try this!! I love both chickpeas and avocados!!


Aggies Kitchen December 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

it was so good, you’ll love it!


wholesome kids December 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

This looks delicious! A perfect balance of creamy avocado and crispy arugula. Love your recipes.


Kendra Nguyen December 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

I have to say that looks absolutely fantastic, can’t wait to try it. :)


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles February 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Yum! I made this for lunch yesterday and love it! I forgot to buy arugula, so layered on some thinly sliced seedless cucumbers, added a little dill, and then, because it is FREEZING here (8 degrees yesterday), I spread some butter on the bread and grilled it for a warm sandwich. Totally delish. And now I’m off to eat another one from my leftovers! Thanks, Aggie! :)


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