Last week I wound up eating a chickpea salad sandwich three times during the week. I really like eating this for lunch, but... So the other night I was inspired by my mom to make up a new sandwich spread that uses some of Fall's seasonal bounty. Using my food processor, I chopped up walnuts, then added some onion and cucumber from my garden. I decided to keep it a bit simple since this was a first run, but you may decide to add slivered carrots, celery, or whatever veggie suits your fancy. I put together one of my favorite apple cider vinaigrettes from Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good and added it to the mixture till it was just moist but would still hold together. We decided to have our sandwiches on our favorite Truckee Sour Dough bread and spread with a little mashed avocado. I then thinly sliced a fuji apple, layered it on the bread and topped with the walnut spread and voila, I have a really great sandwich to add to my brown bag repertoire. I hope you enjoy it too.
2 cups walnuts
1 scallion - chopped
3 T onion (I used yellow) minced
1 small cucumber peeled and finely chopped
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1 T dijon mustard
3 T apple cider vinegar
2 T pure maple syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Fuji apples - thinly sliced
Avocado - optional
Whisk together the mustard, vinegar and maple syrup in a mixing bowl. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Use the leftover dressing on your salads this week.
In a food processor, pulse the walnuts until finely or roughly chopped. Your choice. Move walnuts to a small mixing bowl and stir in the other ingredients. Pour Apple Cider Vinaigrette into the walnut mixture a small amount at a time. You want it moist, but able to hold together when pressed.
Toast your sour dough bread and, if you want to, spread a thin layer of mashed avocado on one side. Layer two or three sliced apples next. Top with the walnut spread and any other greens you may wish to add. I ate mine open face, but some days you just need another slice of bread to get you through the afternoon. Eat and enjoy.