Smashed Chickpea Salad Bites
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Ingredients
For the bread
  • 4 slices/1.5 cups of crumbled whole grain rye bread (I used pumpernickel)
  • ⅓ cup of raisins or chopped dates
  • 1 small chilli pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt, pepper
For the salad
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 scallions
  • ⅓ cup of chopped pickles
  • ⅓ cup of soy or coconut yogurt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • salt, pepper
Instructions
Bread
  1. Add crumbled bread, raisins, deseeded chilli pepper, parsley, vinegar, maple syrup and spices to a food processor and pulse until just combined. You do not want to over-mix the mixture.
  2. Use a small round cookie cutter (6 cm/2.3 inch) to form the bites. Take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and gently press into the mold. Make sure the bites are not too thin, so they won't break (1 cm/0.5 inch is a good height). Repeat with the rest of the bread mixture.
Salad
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas, and add to a large bowl. Chop scallions, pickles and chives, and mince garlic.
  2. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash chickpeas until chunky.
  3. Add scallions, pickles, yogurt, mustard, garlic and lemon juice to chickpeas, season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Assembly
  1. Top each bread bite with a large spoonful of smashed chickpea salad. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and chives. Enjoy!
Recipe by Green Evi at http://greenevi.com/smashed-chickpea-salad-bites/