Chickpea Smash with Dill Pickles – Delicious Vegan Sandwich Filling!

In today’s post I’m sharing a sandwich filling that is tangy, crunchy, creamy and oh so delicious! It reminds me of the Heinz Sandwich Spread that I used to love as a kid in the 80s, but this home-made version is way fresher, tastier and healthier too! 

If you’re looking for a new sandwich to liven up school or work lunchboxes, I’d definitely recommend giving this recipe a try. It would also be great for picnics and buffets. As well as a sandwich filling, you can also use it as a topping for crackers. Perhaps even as a jacket potato topper too?

It’s really easy to make and takes around 12 minutes to prepare a large bowl, which will fill about five sandwiches. I tend to make one batch of chickpea smash at the start of the week, which we then use on the following days for Lucien’s school sandwiches, as well as our own.

The inspiration for today’s recipe was this Garden Veggie Chickpea Salad Sandwich from Jenn @ Peas and Crayons which I came across back in 2017, and have been making adapted versions of ever since. Jenn, in turn, credits Angela from Oh She Glows for inspiring her recipe, so it sounds like Angela is the original recipe creator. I’d like to thank both Jenn and Angela for inspiring the recipe I’m sharing today and for giving my family so much sandwich joy these past couple of years!

This recipe is highly versatile, so feel free to switch up the ingredients. I would definitely recommend keeping the dill pickles in though, as they give this recipe its signature tangy, crunchy bite. In England, dill pickles are called ‘gherkins’. It’s such a funny name isn’t it? Even funnier, my mum still calls them by their old slang name ‘Wallies’. Personally, I prefer to call them dill pickles as it sounds much more appealing to me than gherkins or wallies. How about you? What do you call them?

Chickpea Smash Sandwich Filling with Dill Pickles

This tangy, crunchy, creamy chickpea smash is perfect as a sandwich filling for school or work lunchboxes, as well as picnics and buffets. The quantity below fills about five sandwiches.
5 from 3 votes
Hands-on time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Lunch, Snack
Servings 5


  • 400 g / 14 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 140 g / 1 cup cucumber finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot (66g), grated
  • 1 small red bell pepper or romano pepper deseeded and finely diced
  • 75 g / ½ cup dill pickles or gherkins sliced
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds
  • 4 TBSP vegan mayonnaise*
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp dried dill
  • pinch of salt


  • Placed the drained chickpeas in a large bowl and roughly mash with a potato masher.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and stir through until fully combined. Taste test and adjust the seasoning to suit.
  • Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this chickpea smash will keep for three days.


* I use this Home-Made Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise It’s so cheap and easy to make! If you prefer to use a ready-made mayonnaise, both Vegenaise and Hellmans Vegan Mayo are now available in many of the major supermarkets in the UK, as well as the independent health food shops.
Keyword Family Friendly, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Buffets, Vegan Picnics, Vegan Sandwiches, Vegan Snacks

N.B. The above values are estimates. The actual nutritional values will vary depending on the brands and ingredients used.

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7 thoughts on “Chickpea Smash with Dill Pickles – Delicious Vegan Sandwich Filling!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear how much you’re enjoying this chickpea smash. It is a great, budget friendly option isn’t it? Much cheaper than shop-bought vegan sandwiches 👍

  1. 5 stars
    Even my 12 year old grandson loves this. I put lettuce, tomato and black olives on each sandwich. Thank you for this great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Gherkins and dill pickles are totally different, I think either would be good but they have their own flavor. Im wondering if you used the little pickle labeled gherkin (they are sweeter) on the jar or the long dill spear?

  3. 5 stars
    thank you for sharing! this was excellent! i didn`t have any dijon, so i subbed spicy brown. definitely a keeper, so fresh tasting, the pickle made it perfect!

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