Dijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs

August 16, 2017

Dijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #Vegan

I use to tell myself when all of this is over, the digestive issues, the fatigue, the food sensitivities, the pain – I’m going to eat a sandwich, every day, for the rest of my life. I may be short of my daily quota, but I’ve been proudly hitting the every-other-day mark for the past month, and that is something worth celebrating.

I mentioned vaguely a few posts back about how I had finally recovered from my three-year long stint of sickness and poor health (*cue happy dancing*). I mentioned a few tactics I had implemented, but didn’t go into too much detail for fear of being judged – which is silly because you have all been nothing but wonderful and encouraging to me, and this space should be a place we can all come and discuss our wins and struggles with one another. After opening up a bit about my approach to a plant based lifestyle in my recent un-recipes post I received and overflowing amount of positive reactions from you (thank you!), and it gave me the little boost of confidence I needed to keep sharing.

The truth is we can have different nutritional and lifestyle needs from one another, and they can change in different seasons of life – which is what Sarah talked about in her post this past week, and it really moved me to read her words. I’m so thankful for sweet people like her opening up to share in a loving way about what is working for them at their stage in hopes of helping others, but at the same time not shutting out anyone who is in a different place too. That is a tough balance to achieve, and while Sarah has accomplished it wonderfully – I don’t feel as articulate to pour it all out right now. But hopefully I can in small amounts over time through posts on here, if you are open to me doing so – because as therapeutic as my work is for me here, you as my readers are always my focus and ultimate drive behind what I do.

Back to my promise to myself to eat more sandwiches. I’ve never had a food allergy in my life, and when my food sensitivities started shooting through the roof a few years ago I decided to cut out each food that was bothering me, one by one, treating the symptoms instead of the cause. This lead me to eventually not being able to eat anything, including all grains. My gut needed repair, and by simply cutting out grains and therefore starving/killing off all of my grain-eating gut buddies I made myself intolerant (whoops!). After recently focusing on eating tons of resistant starches to sooth and rebuild my gut this summer, I began eating grains again (!). Week by week I amped up my serving sizes each day, and week by week I felt better. This is simply my personal experience, and as I mentioned above, I don’t have any allergies and understand that some people may and therefor this tactic would not work for them like it did for me. It’s with such overwhelming gratitude that I eat so many grains every day now in order to feel well, and make sure to squeeze in my sandwich quota as often as I can – because life is short and I owe my body one (or a dozen) to make up for lost times ;).

While this chickpea salad recipe was designed to be layered/wrapped/what have you – it is also a bang-er-ang salad topper, as many of you might have seen in my stories on Instagram yesterday! So feel free to play with and enjoy this mix whatever way suits you and your healthiest, happiest lifestyle at the moment. And please, don’t forget the grapes. Don’t forget the grapes. Mmk? HUGS.

Dijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #VeganDijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #VeganDijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #VeganDijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #VeganDijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #VeganDijon Chickpea Salad Sandwich w/ Grapes, Shallots, & Herbs By Faring Well #Vegan


Makes 2 servings, multiply as needed.

dijon chickpea salad
2 cups cooked chickpeas
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons capers
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/4 cup (packed) fresh dill fronds
1/3 cup (packed) fresh parsley leaves, chopped
plenty of freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup red grapes, quartered

sandwich fixings
4 slices sandwich bread of choice
fresh greens (romaine leaves or sweet greens work well)
fresh tomato slices
fresh cucumber slices

Make the chickpea salad. Add everything but the grapes to a bowl and mash together with the back of a fork. Stir, mash, stir, mash, until it begins to comes together but is still chunky. Stir in the quartered red grapes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed (add salt, if desired). Use right away, or store in an airtight glass container in the fridge, use within three days.

Build the sandwich. Divide the chickpea salad evenly between the four slices of bread and spread to cover. Layer the cucumber, tomato, and greens on two of the slices, and top with the remaining two. Slice in half and enjoy right away.

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  • Reply Anita August 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

    This looks super delicious! what type of bread are you using for these sandwiches? Thank you for always giving me inspiration in the kitchen, glad you are felling better :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you tons Anita! So sweet of you to leave me this note. And as for the bread, this loaf is from a local baker at our farmers market, but on the more common days I use the sprouted wheat with flax by Silver Mills Bakery – usually found in the frozen section of our health store + at Whole Foods too!

  • Reply Kim P August 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I’ll have to pick up some grapes and throw this together, looks delicious! And, write on Sista! Do tell all, I’m sure it’s bound to help someone in some way.

    • Reply Faring Well August 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you for prioritizing the grapes ;) they totally make this sandwich! And thank you for the encouragement girl, you’re too great and it’s appreciated! <3

  • Reply Sarah Fitschen August 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    YUM. Definitely need to make this ASAP!

  • Reply hollie August 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    A strange question but…how did you know your sensitivities would end? I feel like mine will last forever….but I may try introducing it in my diet slowly like you did, weekly, to see what happens!

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Hi Hollie, not strange at all. There is a lot of detail behind the scenes as to what lead me to feel more confident, but the truth was – I didn’t know, I just knew I had to try. And knowing that there is such a mental aspect to it, I really needed to believe it would work too. A lot of it came from simplifying what I put in my body, to make it easier on my system.

      There is a lot of detail there, and I’m sure you have a unique situation with your personal health too. I hope to be more detailed soon, and genuinely wish you the best on trying to reincorporate some foods too! xx

  • Reply Jodi August 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Oh Jessie Snyder! How I have missed you! I’m just catching up on your post this morning and as always they make me smile. My goodness you are so genuine in everything you do! You blow me away. I’m so happy for you and your sandwhiches!! I really am. As someone who loves (and I mean loves) all things bread I definitely agree that this is something worth celebrating. ‘Health Food’ is such a broad term and it does not look the same for everyone, I really think the most important thing is to listen to our bodies, feed them what they need day to day – and that is the highest for of health. Share what you need to when you are ready and if you want to, we are all in this together. As for this chickpea salad, well you just put a bunch of my favorite things between two slices of bread and for that I am thankful. x

    • Reply Faring Well August 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Jodi! You make me smile ear to ear, always. This was so sweet of you to write, and I feel as if YOU are so genuine in everything that you do – so those words carried wait with me big time. Thank you for the love and encouraging boost, you’re just the best. One day we will enjoy sandwiches together, I’ll make this salad to fill it with if you make your luscious bread ;). xo-to-the-max

  • Reply Kati | black.white.vivid. August 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Jessie, this is such a beautiful recipe and I might even have all ingredients in my fridge or cupboard except for the grapes but I’m buying some tomorrow to make this sandwich. I also love hearing more about your process of healing yourself through food. I always find it interesting to learn more this. like you said, everyone is different and has a different story but maybe there are a few things that you have tried that others might find helpful for themselves too. x Kati

    • Reply Faring Well August 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you so much sweet Kati, I really appreciate your note here and am feeling so uplifted reading through these comments – yours including – that I could just smile for days. I can’t wait for you to try the chickpea salad! Thank you for prioritizing those grapes ;). xo

  • Reply Yovanna August 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This salad sandwich looks so delicious! I could eat one at lunch! Thinking about preparing for everyday lunch!

    • Reply Faring Well August 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Aw yay! That makes me so happy to hear, thank you Yovanna! <3

  • Reply Rebeca August 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Yay for sandwiches! So glad you get to eat as many as you want, I can’t imagine not being able to eat them!
    And I 100% agree with you that we need to listen to our bodies as our needs may change. I felt happy about my diet and it seemed my body did too, but these past months I’ve been dealing with digestive issues and fatigue (probably due to the low iron levels my bloodwork showed), so I’m trying to figure out what I need to change. I also read Sarah’s post and loved her honesty and openness talking about her issues, especially the fact that she shared her experience with orthorexia. (Is it me or an eating disorders still kind of taboo?) If you ever feel like sharing your journey with us, I know I’ll appreciate reading it as much.
    Happy weekend! :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you tons Rebeca, this comment was so kind of you to leave for me. I’m really sorry about your digestive issues popping up and hope you can crack the code on those soon. Way to go listening and adapting your diet to suit your body’s call at the moment. Wasn’t Sarah’s post incredible? I hope we can all talk about EDs openly and hopefully break any taboo left over for sure, and hopefully create a gentle and healing environment. Lots of hugs.

  • Reply Cristina August 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    All I can add is it’s hard being a lady sometimes. I’ve started reading Woman Code and eating for my cycle. Seems to be helping. A lot. Also, my boyfriend LOVES your tootsie roll balls and so do I (if he leaves me any). Thank you.

    • Reply Faring Well August 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      So glad it has been helping you Cristina <3 and so happy to hear about the tootsie roll bites too! :)

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