Mix up weekday lunches with this tasty Honey Mustard Chicken Salad!
Since starting this little corner of the interwebs that I call Spiced, I’ve been fortunate to see some pretty cool things. I’ve seen machines that bake cookies in a conveyor belt-style oven that was as long as four or five football fields. (I ate one of those cookies off the belt.) I’ve seen machines that dropped perfectly round doughnuts into conveyor belt-style fryers. (I ate one of those doughnuts right off the belt.) And now I add to that list! I’ve now seen machines take dried chickpeas and magically turn them into smooth, delicious hummus. (And yes, I ate my fair share of fresh hummus.)
About a month ago, I had the chance to visit Sabra’s worldwide manufacturing plant outside of Richmond, VA. You guys know that we love some Sabra hummus around here, so I jumped at the chance to see where the magic happens! And, of course, while I was there I might have tried a couple bites of hummus.
Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper hummus is still my favorite, but the Chipotle variety gives it a serious run. Sabra’s plant in Virginia is the world’s largest hummus factory. The chickpeas come in from farmers in the Pacific Northwest….and the bags weigh 2,000 pounds each. That’s a lot of chickpeas, my friends! And that in turn creates a lot of delicious hummus!
So we’ve all heard how most people don’t eat enough veggies, right? It’s a nationwide problem. We keep hearing that we should eat healthy, but that’s becoming harder and harder in today’s fast-paced culture. But get this. Did you know that hummus can indirectly count as a vegetable? Yup! Chickpeas (the primary ingredient in hummus) are beans, and beans are veggies. Hummus should still be eaten in moderation, but it makes for an excellent snack choice.
Just think about it. It’s 3:30pm, and you know you can’t hold out until dinner. Reach for a bag of potato chips? Or reach for a pita chip and a scoop of hummus? That choice is simple for me. Plus, hummus is a great source of fiber which means that you’ll feel full longer. Win! But today’s post is not about hummus. It’s about a tasty sandwich…that involves hummus. Sorta.
Fun trivia fact of the day: Did you know that the sandwich was named after John Montagu. Who is that, you ask? He was an English nobleman who just so happened to be the 4th Earl of Sandwich. (Sandwich is a historic town in southeastern England.) Well, our friend John liked to play cards. A lot. He would play for hours on end without getting up. At some point, he began to ask his staff to bring him meat tucked between 2 pieces of bread. In this way, he was able to continue playing cards with one hand while eating his meal with the other. His friends at the table soon began ordering “the same as Sandwich.” And thus the sandwich was born! (Now just commit that story to memory for the next time you need to impress your friends.)
Now that we know the beginning of the sandwich, let’s take this classic meal to a whole new level. Did you know that 50% of Americans eat at least one sandwich a day? It’s true. For me, I enjoy putting hummus on a sandwich and then topping it with all sorts of fresh, garden veggies. But we’re going one step further today. We’re making Honey Mustard Chicken Salad!
Sabra has a brand new product out that I seriously love! Sabra Spreads are a refrigerated product made from…you guessed it…chickpeas. These Spreads pack a serious punch in the flavor category, and they have 75% less fat than mayo. Sabra Spreads come in a squeeze bottle, too. You can take your sandwich from good to great, and you can make it healthier in the process! Sabra Spreads are the first product of their kind, and they’re available in the deli section of your grocery store.
This Honey Mustard Chicken Salad is incredibly easy to make. I used my go-to chicken salad recipe, but I just substituted the Honey Mustard flavor of Sabra Spreads in place of the mayo. I personally enjoy dipping pretzels in honey mustard, so I decided to put this Honey Mustard Chicken Salad on a pretzel bun. Our lunches this past week have been pretty darned epic!
Sabra Spreads are currently available in 3 flavors: Garlic Herb, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Honey Mustard. All 3 varieties are vegan, kosher, gluten-free and non-dairy and contain no trans fats and no cholesterol.
This Honey Mustard Chicken Salad post was sponsored by Sabra, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.
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