This Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad is made with hearty chickpeas, creamy avocado, crunchy carrot. It’s a quick, easy, and healthy salad perfect as a sandwich filler or scooped up with crackers!

head on view of stacked chickpea avocado salad sandwich.

Chickpeas and avocados are a winning combination here. Add in a few other key ingredients and it’s a sandwich made in heaven. Filling and inexpensive, this smashed chickpea and avocado salad sandwich is the BEST!

I love my chickpea salads and have quite a few of them in the recipe collection. And for good reason, as they are easy, healthy and filling.

You may already be familiar with Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (it’s the original), Cranberry, Walnut, Chickpea Salad Sandwich or Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwich. All delicious in their own way!

Not in the mood for bread? Try serving this chickpea avocado salad over a bed of leafy greens instead, or scoop it up with crackers or wide red bell pepper slices. Either way I know you’re going to love it!

top down view of ingredients used to make chickpea avocado salad recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This quick and easy, healthy recipe requires just a few simple ingredients!

Here is everything you’ll need:

  • chickpeas – use canned or fresh cooked
  • avocado – if avocados are on the smaller side, you may need two
  • carrot – I added these for color and texture, but they can be optional
  • lemon – adds brightness and will help the avocado from oxidizing (turning brown)
  • garlic powder
  • salt + pepper

top down view showing the process of mashing chickpeas.

How To Make Chickpea Avocado Salad

Making this chickpea avocado mash is so easy and ready in minutes! You can find the full printable instructions in the recipe card below.

  • Mash the chickpeas. Roughly mash the chickpeas with the back of a strong fork, potato masher or pastry blender. The better you mash them, the better they will hold together.

top down view of all ingredients added to mashed chickpeas before mixing.

  • Add remaining ingredients. Add avocado, carrots, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper (shown above).

top down view of chickpea avocado salad in a bowl with items surrounding.

  • Mash and mix to combine. As you can see above, it’s mashed and ready to use.

Simple and delicious – mash your way to a healthy sandwich filler. It’s a classic!

Top Tips

  • Mash or don’t mash the chickpeas. This recipe calls for mashing the chickpeas, but feel free to leave them unmashed.
  • Make it chunky. This can easily be customized to be a chunky salad by opting to not mash the chickpeas and avocado. Simply dice the avocado, and gently toss the ingredients together.

top down view of open faced sandwich halves on round marble serving board.

How To Store

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 – 3 days, in a tightly covered container. Give a good stir before serving.
  • Freezer: Freezing is not recommended. It’s best to make a batch as needed.

Serving Suggestions

  • Sandwich: Build sandwiches with homemade Artisan Bread or bread of choice, fresh leafy greens, sliced red onions (tomatoes would be great too).
  • Wraps: Make fresh lettuce wraps using romaine, bibb, butter, chard, collards, or other large leafy greens. Alternatively, this salad would be great in tortilla wraps.
  • Salad: Chop up leafy greens or use packaged spinach, spring mix or baby kale as a bed, top with a serving of chickpea avocado salad.
  • Dip: Serve it as a dip, scooping up with fresh veggies slices (cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, celery, etc.), and/or crackers, pita chips or tortillas.

head on view of stacked chickpea avocado salad sandwich.

More Chickpea Salad Recipes

If you try this healthy salad recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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This quick and healthy chickpea avocado salad is versatile and can be used as a sandwich filler or scooped up with vegetables for a gluten-free option.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: Serves 3
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: mash, mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 1 can (15 oz.), drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, flesh only
  • 1 small carrot (about 1/4 cup), finely diced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • dash or two of garlic powder
  • salt + pepper, to taste

To serve

  • leafy greens
  • 6 slices whole grain bread, or your favorite
  • red onion slices
  • sliced tomatoes, optional


Mash chickpeas: In a medium size bowl, add chickpeas and roughly mash 3/4 of the chickpeas with the back of a strong fork. You can also use a potato masher or pastry blender.

Add remaining ingredients. Add avocado, carrots, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper, mash and mix to combine.

Assemble sandwich: Layer your bread slices with leafy greens, onion and a nice helping of the mash. Top with remaining slice and enjoy!

Serves 3

Store: Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 – 3 days.


Sliced tomato would pair nicely in the sandwich.

Try adding a small handful of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds to the mash for extra nutrition and crunchiness.

If needed, add a dollop of hummus, it pairs well and will act as a binder.

Looking to keep the carbs to a minimum? Try layering on romaine, bibb lettuce, collard or chard leaves. Alternately, make bell pepper scoops by slicing them wide and/or scoop up with your favorite crackers.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

Updated: Chickpea Avocado Salad was originally published in January 2015. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in June 2020.

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  1. I used this for a appetizer with chips and veggies..just adder more garlic salt…awesome!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Perfect, sounds so good… thank you for the inspiration! Cheers :)

  2. lemongrass says:

    Try adding some dry tomatoes, it’s delicious:)

  3. Proud Vegetarian says:

    Now this my type of Sandwich, full of protein and good fatty acids

  4. Anonymous says:

    Made is today and I put mine on a couple of Ryvita Multigrain crackers….had snow peas and carrots for a side! Fresh and yummy!!

  5. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! Mashed chickpeas and avocado sound like a combination sent straight from heaven. I love different takes on sandwiches!

  6. kristie {birch and wild} says:

    I have never had mashed chickpea but what's not to like? This looks like the perfect sandwich :)

  7. Alice Rose says:

    Wow this looks so delicious!! Definitely need to try this soon!

    xoxo Alice Rose

  8. LSTAFFORD says:

    I just made this, love it. I did not have bread to slice, but did have pita pockets

    Thank you

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Pita is perfect! ♥ So glad you loved it!

  9. meredith vogel says:

    my favorite go-to lunch is mashed chicks peas and avocado! It's definitely my favorite. So easy and so delicious – especially on Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Terrific combo

  10. Sam @ PancakeWarrriors says:

    Yum this sounds right up my alley. Love the hummus in this too! Happy new year!

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