Last night I watched Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. If you are a foodie and haven’t seen this 4 part series I definitely recommend it. Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels around the world to demystify and explore the central principles of what makes food delicious. The reason I bring it up is not to review the series but to share with you the thoughts that went through my head as I put together this sandwich spread today in relation to what was brought to my attention from watching the show just last night.
This sandwich mix has all of the elements that, according to Samin Nostrat are crucial to a gastronomical delight. It has salt from the pickles and salt itself, fat from the mayonaise, acid from the lemon and pickles and heat from the pepper and smoked paprika. Umami is also an important taste that she talks about, which is basically a fullness of flavor or savoriness that completes a dish. The smoked paprika and final pinch of salt complete the umami.
So hopefully I have tempted your appetite for this high protein chickpea salad sandwich spread that I use in place of tuna salad. It is amazing in a sandwich (toasted of course) with all the fixings that you’d normally have in a tuna sandwich and it is also great with crackers. I find this this vegan chickpea salad sandwich mix slathered on a rice cake a favorite late night snack.