Vegan Caesar Smashed Chickpea Sandwich

One of my all time favorite salads is the Vegan Caesar Salad. You can’t go wrong with this healthy, yet delicious salad. If you have not tried a vegan version of the traditional salad then you are definitely missing out.

There are dozens of different flavors of dressing you can use and you can even experiment with different types of nuts and seeds to create your own unique flavor. This recipe is easy enough to make and it will be one of the most popular meals you and your family end up eating!

A vegan Caesar is a healthy and convenient way to satisfy the cravings for that slice of pizza or pasta, while still keeping your diet healthy. The ingredients are simple enough: soy milk, mayonnaise, chopped tomatoes, reduced-fat cheese, basil (just the pepper), and olive oil.

If you’ve never cooked with mayonnaise, it’s a great alternative to cream cheese. If you haven’t cooked with basil before, it adds an exotic flavor that’s almost out-of-this-world.

It also gives you the option of using herbs like Rosemary or oregano instead of the cheese. A vegan Caesar is a healthy and convenient way to satisfy the cravings for that slice of pizza or pasta, while still keeping your diet healthy.

The ingredients are simple enough: soy milk, mayonnaise, chopped tomatoes, reduced-fat cheese, basil (just the pepper), and olive oil. If you’ve never cooked with mayonnaise, it’s a great alternative to cream cheese.

If you haven’t cooked with basil before, it adds an exotic flavor that’s almost out-of-this-world. It also gives you the option of using herbs like Rosemary or oregano instead of the cheese.

Vegan Caesar Smashed Chickpea Sandwich

Recipe by TiffanieCourse: Chicken Main DishesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

This is the best vegan mashed chickpea sandwich you’ll ever have! It is a Vegan Caesar Smashed Chickpea Sandwich that is made with a delicious dairy-free and oil-free homemade Caesar dressing giving it a delicious Caesar salad flavor.

Ingredients

  • VEGAN CAESAR DRESSING
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) artichoke brine from a can (one soaked in water, not oil!)

  • 4 tablespoons (60g) fresh lemon juice

  • 4 tablespoons (60g) water

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) Dijon mustard

  • 1 cup (140g) raw, unsalted cashews

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (start with 1/4 and add more if desired)

  • FOR THE SANDWICH
  • 1 15 oz can of low-sodium chickpeas, drained & rinsed

  • 6 tablespoons (90g) of the above dressing

  • 3 tablespoons (45g) finely diced red onion

  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon or more of salt

  • bread of choice

  • optional: any toppings you like (I used cherry tomatoes, lettuce and hemp seeds/sesame seeds)

  • I use this scale.

Directions

  • Add all of the Caesar dressing ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. It is a thick dressing, so you will have to scrape down the sides a couple of times to get it all to blend. Keep going until completely smooth. If you do NOT have a Vitamix, then you will need to soak your cashews overnight to get them really soft and then process in a food processor, which I find makes things smoother than a weak blender. It should be bold, rich in flavor and a salty bite…just like Caesar.
  • The dressing should be nice, thick and creamy. I wanted it thick so it goes well and sticks to the chickpeas. The dressing is fabulous on it’s own and chilled overnight, it becomes a thick dip-like consistency. Thin out with a bit of water if wanting to use on a salad or just use thick to dip veggies in or make more chickpea mixture. It’s thickness is great to use as a spread on the sandwich.
  • Add the chickpeas and ONLY 6 tablespoons (90g) of the dressing and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a large bowl. Reserve the rest to make more sandwiches or use in salads. Mash until the dressing is evenly incorporated and the chickpeas are mashed but still have texture. Add the red onion and stir until mixed. Taste and add any more salt if desired. Depending on how salty (or not) your chickpeas were, it will affect how much salt you’ll need. I also liked a good turn of freshly ground black pepper. I did place the mixture in the fridge to chill and set the flavors for awhile before eating.
  • When assembling the sandwiches, I like to spread extra Caesar dressing on the bread like a “mayo” and as an extra boost of Caesar flavor. Assemble sandwiches as desired!
  • For the extra artichokes, I like to grill them and add them to alfredo sauce and pasta. Try my Garlic Alfredo or another option is this amazing Roasted Artichoke Salad OR these delicious Vegan Crab Cakes!

Reference : thevegan8.

 

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