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Chickpea, Beet, and Apple Panini

Never had raw beet in a sandwich? This panini will have you hooked.



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1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
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3 Tbs. vegan mayonnaise
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1 Tbs. lemon juice
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1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
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8 slices sesame semolina bread (8 oz.)
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1 medium golden beet, peeled and sliced
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1 Granny smith apple, thinly sliced
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¼ cup broccoli or radish sprouts
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4 Tbs. prepared black olive tapenade


1. Pulse chickpeas, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and tarragon in food processor until chunky. 

2. Spread chickpea mixture on 4 bread slices. Top with beet and apple slices, and sprouts. Spread remaining 4 bread slices with tapenade; close sandwiches.

3. Spray panini with cooking spray. Coat skillet or grill pan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Place panini in pan; weight with smaller-diameter saucepan weighted with 2 cans. Cook 3 minutes. Flip, replace weight, and cook 2 minutes. (Or cook 4 minutes in panini maker.)

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
14 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
57 g
0 mg
749 mg
8 g
10 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Here's the recipe!

I made this for lunch today and it just may be the best sandwich I've ever had. This recipe is perfect as is!

Made these for dinner! Had the pan too hot and totally burned them :( I was so disappointed that I had ruined a sandwich I had looked so forward to! I decided to eat them anyway and I was pleasantly surprised! Even burned they were fabulous! I cant even imagine now great they would taste with nice, evenly toasted bread! I will definitely be making these again!

Reach for this sandwich any time you have a craving for grilled cheese! It is a thousand times tastier and healthier!

What's with this Granny Smith apple craze? I see it in every recipe that calls for apples. Personally, a bite is like taking a swig of vinegar. I made a favorite family relish for a holiday meal recently and a niece insisted I use Granny Smith instead of the Baldwin or Golden Delicious I always used. It was ruined. The delicate balance of sweet and nutty became one big sour mess. Nobody took more than a taste before backing off and wanted to know what went wrong.

why don't you tell us how to put together the tapenade? ZZ

@ Lily Julow: Once upon a time, it was possible to find RIPE Granny Smith apples; I loved them (partly because the usual alternative was an over-ripe Red Delicious). Now . . . Gala, Braeburn, Fuji when I want a little tartness. Other than that, this does sound enticing.


I really enjoyed this sandwich, and look forward to having it again tomorrow. I didn't have any tapenade, so I just used some sliced black olives. A delicious and interesting sandwich!

Awesome thanks for dis recipe

Love granny smith apples. Will definitely try this. I make a mock tunafish sandwich using chickpeas, mayo, green onion and nori seaweed.