nutritional information

Per Sandwich:

  • Calories: 388
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 749 mg
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Sugar: 10 g

Chickpea, Beet, and Apple Panini

Chickpea, Beet, and Apple Panini

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

Never had raw beet in a sandwich? This panini will have you hooked.
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbs. vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 8 slices sesame semolina bread (8 oz.)
  • 1 medium golden beet, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup broccoli or radish sprouts
  • 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.)

July/August 2011 p.36

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

Valerie - 2014-07-15 14:58:49

Awesome thanks for dis recipe

Brij Patel - 2014-07-15 06:03:44

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!

Michele siconolfi - 2013-10-15 23:36:57


ews - 2013-07-31 16:04:04

@ 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.

Sandy - 2013-07-31 02:47:02

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

zelda Zadnik - 2013-07-31 00:04:51

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.

Lily Julow - 2013-07-30 17:06:58

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

Lisa - 2013-04-09 01:27:37

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!

Amber Richardson - 2013-01-23 01:45:03

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

Linda Rapka - 2012-04-06 21:37:52

Here's the recipe! - 2011-11-06 14:38:49