My Favorite Hummus & Zucchini Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Fritters are one of my favorite ways to get creative in the kitchen. They’re fun to make, easy to customize, and delicious—so why not fritter away?
This recipe combines zucchini fritters with hummus and tomato slices for a vegan sandwich that’s packed with flavor and nutrition. It makes for a healthy lunch or dinner option that you can take anywhere!
You’ll be making the fritters from scratch, which is fun because it takes some time and requires you to use your hands. You can do this! It’s a great way to get your kids involved in cooking, or just spend some quality time with yourself. Once you have the fritter batter ready, scoop it into small balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat for ease of cleanup. The more surface area there is, the faster they will cook!
1 tablespoon olive oil
Add the olive oil to the bowl of mashed zucchini.
Adding a tablespoon or so of olive oil to the mixture will help it bind together and stay moist while cooking. Olive oil is a healthy fat, and an especially good source of monounsaturated fat—the same type found in olives and avocados!
1 zucchini, grated
Zucchini is a summer squash that is packed with potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. A great source of fiber and low in calories, zucchini can help you feel fuller for longer!
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
For this recipe, we are using dill as a garnish. Dill is a popular herb in Mediterranean cooking and is often used to flavor soups and salads. It has a light, fresh taste that goes well with zucchini and hummus!
½ teaspoon salt and pepper, or to taste
Add salt and pepper to taste, or to your preferred level of seasoning.
½ cup chickpea flour
Chickpea flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour and gram flour, is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. It’s high in protein, fiber, and iron. If you have celiac disease or are off gluten for any reason this recipe may not be safe for you (the chickpeas aren’t processed in a way that removes the starch from their outer coatings).
2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
This is optional and the amount can be adjusted to your taste. Green onions are often used in Asian cooking where they are called scallions or spring onions.
To assemble your sandwich, place the zucchini fritter in the center of your plate. Top with hummus and tomato slices. If desired, add spinach leaves to each side of your sandwich for extra nutrients!
- NOTE: This dish can be served on a plate with a knife and fork or eaten open-faced like a sandwich.
1 cup hummus (of your choice)
1 tomato, thinly sliced
Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Lightly oil with cooking spray or olive oil and place on prepared pan. Cook the fritters for about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and crisp in places, flipping once during cooking time if needed. Remove from heat when each side has turned golden brown and cooked through (about 6-10 minutes total).
4 tablespoons red onion, thinly sliced
Thinly slice onions: Red onion is a surprisingly mild-tasting onion with a sweet, earthy flavor and slight sulfuric aftertaste. To keep your onions from turning brown while you prepare them, soak them in water with a dash of milk or lemon juice until ready to use.
1-2 cups baby spinach leaves, thinly shredded (optional)
You can add spinach to this dish if you have it, but it’s not necessary. Spinach is a great source of iron, vitamin A and folate. If you’re looking for more ways to get your greens in, adding spinach to sandwiches like this one is a good place to start!
When you combine hummus with these fritters, you get a tasty sandwich that’s packed with flavor and nutrition.
The hummus and zucchini fritters are delicious on their own, but even better when paired with a creamy spread. For this sandwich, we decided to mix together a few different spreads to complement the fritter filling. The base of our spread is hummus, which plays wonderfully off the nuttiness of quinoa and earthiness of mushrooms.
To top off our dippers, we’ve included some spicy arugula salad that you can use as a topping or side dish. If you’re not into spicy foods or don’t have time to make it before making sandwiches, feel free to leave it out!
These sandwiches are awesomely delicious, but they’re also a great way to get more vegetables into your diet. The fritters and hummus provide plenty of protein, fiber and healthy fat, while the tomatoes and greens bring many nutrients like vitamins A, C and K as well as potassium. So, if you’re looking for an easy meal that’s tasty too? Try this recipe!