The Best Vegan Chickpea Pesto Sandwich

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The Ultimate Vegan Chickpea Pesto Sandwich. This vegan sandwich is packed with flavor and texture, thanks to the combination of grilled sourdough bread, pesto, and chickpeas. The chickpeas add a satisfying crunch and a boost of protein, while the pesto adds a zesty, fresh flavor. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner option for vegans and non-vegans alike. This vegan sandwich is sure to become your new favorite!

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Can I make the Vegan Chickpea Pesto Sandwich without sourdough?

The base of this vegan sandwich, or the salad mixture, can be enjoyed in a variety of ways! Additionally, you can use any bread of your choice for this sandwich. Sourdough is a classic choice, but you can also use whole-grain bread, a baguette, or even a wrap. The options are endless, so feel free to get creative and experiment with different bread options to find your perfect sandwich. This chickpea salad can be used:

  • on top of a bed of lettuce
  • in a lettuce wrap
  • in a grilled whole-grain wrap with spinach
  • as a dip for crackers
  • by itself as a side salad 
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Can I make this Vegan Chickpea Pesto Sandwich gluten-free?

Absolutely! Simply use a gluten-free bread option, such as gluten-free sourdough bread from a specialty shop, or make it at home with a gluten-free sourdough bread recipe. You can also enjoy this delicious Vegan Chickpea Pesto mixture on a bed of lettuce, in a lettuce wrap, or as a dip for crackers for a gluten-free option.

Can I substitute fresh lemon juice for bottled lemon juice in this Vegan Chickpea Pesto Sandwich?

For the best results, it is recommended to use fresh lemon juice in this recipe. The zest of the lemon is also used for added flavor, so if you have a fresh lemon on hand, it’s worth it to use it for both the zest and the juice. While it’s still delicious with bottled lemon juice, fresh lemon adds an extra burst of flavor that makes a noticeable difference in the taste of the sandwich.

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 Is pesto vegan? 

Not all pesto is vegan-friendly, but it’s easy to make it plant-based. Traditional pesto contains parmesan cheese, which is not vegan. To make a vegan version, swap out the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast or a vegan parmesan alternative. You can make your own vegan pesto at home or purchase it from stores like Trader Joe’s.

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Chickpeas: The Star of the Show

Chickpeas are the main ingredient in this delicious vegan chickpea pesto sandwich recipe. They add a great source of plant-based protein and a nice texture to the sandwich. When using canned chickpeas, make sure to rinse and drain them thoroughly before using for the best flavor. For added texture, I like to mash some of the chickpeas while leaving some halves intact.

How to store the vegan chickpea pesto sandwich?

This vegan chickpea pesto sandwich is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the sandwich on a skillet or griddle over medium heat until it’s warm and the bread is crispy again. If you want to keep it fresh and avoid soggy bread, store the bread and the filling separately, and assemble the sandwich just before eating.

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The Best Chickpea Pesto Sandwich

Grilled sourdough and pesto come together with chickpeas to make the best vegan sandwich you've ever had! This chickpea pesto sandwich is fresh, zesty, crunchy and satisfying.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Fusion, Italian
Keyword: best chickpea sandwich, chickpea pesto sandwich, chickpea sandwich, vegan grilled sandwich, vegan panini, vegan pesto sandwich, vegan sandwich
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 19oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 heaping tbsp vegan pesto
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice (or the juice of 1/2 a lemon)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian spice blend
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

For the sandwich

  • 2 slices sourdough bread per sandwich
  • lettuce
  • sliced tomato
  • fresh basil leaves
  • a couple chopped walnuts or pine nuts (optional)
  • a drizzle of balsamic reduction (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add in chickpeas and mash to your preferred consistency. I mash them well but still leave some chickpea halves for texture.
  • Add in your pesto, lemon juice, zest, nutritional yeast, garlic, pesto, chopped basil nuts (if adding) and dried spices. Stir until everything is mixed well.
  • Thinly coat one side of each sourdough slice with vegan mayo or vegan butter. Grill until golden brown.
  • Assembly your sandwich by coating 1 slice of bread in a thick layer of the chickpea mixture, top with fresh basil leaves, lettuce, tomato slices, fresh ground black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
  • The chickpea salad mixture keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Serve, and enjoy!

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Notes

This grilled chickpea pesto sandwich is a total game changer in the world of vegan sandwiches. 
Q: Does this sandwich have to be on sourdough?
A: The base of this vegan sandwich, or the salad mixture, can be enjoyed in a variety of ways!
This chickpea salad can be used:
  • on top of a bed of lettuce
  • in a lettuce wrap
  • in a grilled whole grain wrap with spinach
  • as a dip for crackers
  • by itself as a side salad 
Q: Is there gluten free sourdough?
A: If you eat gluten free and want sourdough bread, you are in luck. Many specialty shops make gluten-free sourdough bread. If you want to make it yourself at home check out this recipe: 
This vegan panini has a few main ingredients that really make it come together. 
Fresh Lemon Juice & Zest
Q: Can I substitute fresh lemon juice for lemon juice for bottled?
A: While you absolutely can use bottled lemon juice in this recipe, you will be needing a lemon for the zest. If you have a fresh lemon for the zest, why not use it for the juice too! 😉
I’ve made this recipe without fresh lemon zest, and while it’s still delicious, there is a noticeable difference. 
Vegan Pesto 
Q: Is pesto vegan? 
A: In traditional italian pesto, parmesan cheese is used. This means it is not vegan. However, since it’s only 1 ingredient away from being vegan it’s very easy to change. Simply swap out parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast or vegan parm. Plant-based pesto can be made at home, or purchased from places like Trader Joe’s that sell vegan pesto. 
Chickpeas
Canned chickpeas are used in this recipes. Rinse and drain the chickpeas thoroughly before use for the best flavour. I like to really mash up my chickpeas, while still leaving some chickpea halves behind for more texture. 
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2 thoughts on “The Best Vegan Chickpea Pesto Sandwich

  1. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    Yum loved this sandwich! I used a fresh sourdough bread and it was delicious 🤤 🤤🤤 I will be definitely trying a few more of your vegan recipes!

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