Sandwiches are a picnic staple. With endless options and varieties, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste, especially with the addition of ZZ2’s Afrikado Harmony Avs.
I personally prefer to keep my sandwiches on the lighter, greener side, so that I save more space for the pudding! In all seriousness, sandwiches are the perfect vessel for upping our veggie intake in a fun and colourful way.
Smashed chickpea & avs picnic sandwich
One of my favourite picnic sandwiches combines two of my favourite ingredients: avs and chickpeas. I mean, that’s a protein powerhouse right there! I love the creamy and chunky textures of these two superstars, with some added spring onion, fresh herbs and lemon juice for zest and freshness.
Sandwiches are great to pack for picnics, and they don’t have to be boring! You can use a seed loaf, rye bread, rolls, pitas or flat breads for the base. Easy to make and even easier to transport in the picnic basket, it’s no wonder the humble sandwich is a favourite for al-fresco eating across the world.
You can buy your own bread of choice at the supermarket or bakery, but for this recipe I made a quick pita bread using self raising flour and plain yoghurt.
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 large ripe Harmony Avs (or two medium ones), diced – here I’m using the Hass, which is in season currently
Juice of 1 lemon
1 spring onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or any other soft herbs, like parsley or basil
Rocket leaves or any green leafy veg of your choice
Salt and pepper
Bread of your choice
Add your drained and dried chickpeas to a hot pan with a bit of olive oil. Roast them until nice and toasty, with a brown colour on the skin. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
In a large bowl, mash chickpeas and avocado together with a potato masher or fork. You can make it as chunky or as smooth as you wish. I prefer a bit of texture in mine.
Add lemon juice, spring onion and chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
Add in a generous squeeze of lemon juice, for flavour and to slow the browning process of the avs.
Store in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to serve.
Layer on a bed of greens on your favourite bread, and pack into the picnic basket!
This also makes a lovely dip for crackers!
The filling can be made in advance. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top before covering and storing to prevent avocado from browning.
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Also, remember to check back next week for some amazing avs recipes from The Little Kitchen!
This content piece has been created in proud collaboration with ZZ2 and Harmony Avs