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Looking for healthy and easy lunch recipes? This delicious chickpea salad sandwich is essentially a vegan tuna salad using chickpeas!

Chickpea salad sandwich

Why is finding healthy and easy lunch recipes so hard? Here at A Couple Cooks we like to eat extremely simple at breakfast and lunch, so we can spend most of our time and energy on dinner. Here’s one of our favorite easy lunch tricks ever: this chickpea salad sandwich! It’s basically a vegetarian chicken salad sandwich (or chickpea tuna salad). It’s so tasty that it’s become one of our most popular chickpea recipes. Even our son Larson is a huge fan: he tries to sneak bites while we’re making it!

Chickpea tuna salad

How to make a chickpea salad sandwich

This chickpea salad sandwich is truly easy to make (and we’re not just saying that). It takes just 10 minutes to whip up the chickpea salad and throw it onto a sandwich. The only cutting involved is thinly slicing some celery and green onions. Mix that up with some chickpeas, mashed with a fork, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and celery seed, and you’ve got a fresh, refreshing chickpea salad.

Canned vs cooked chickpeas

You can use canned or cooked chickpeas for this chickpea salad sandwich. Our preference is canned, but both work. An Instant pot works well to cook chickpeas, or you can cook them in a Dutch oven (go to How to Cook Dried Beans). Here are a few notes on the differences between canned vs cooked:

  • Canned chickpeas have a bit of salt added, so add a few pinches of kosher salt if you’re using cooked chickpeas.
  • The texture of chickpeas cooked at home can be slightly drier than canned, so you may have to add a bit more mayonnaise to the chickpea salad. Because of this, we prefer making it with canned chickpeas. But we’ve made it many times with cooked chickpeas too!
Chickpea salad sandwich

Toppings for a chickpea salad sandwich

We like to keep the toppings pretty minimal for this chickpea tuna sandwich. A fun trick is spreading hummus onto the bread slices before assembling the sandwich. We happened to have it on hand and it made the sandwich even more delicious! Of course you could use mayonnaise, or also omit it. We also like adding leafy greens as another texture contrast.

If you’re up for a challenge, make homemade bread like Sourdough Bread or Easy Dutch Oven Bread for this sandwich! Here are a few more topping ideas that might be fun to get your wheels turning:

Chickpea salad sandwich | Vegetarian chicken salad sandwich | Easy lunch recipes

Looking for more easy lunch recipes?

This chickpea salad sandwich is so easy, it’s perfect for quick lunches and for beginner cooks like college students! Here are a few more easy lunch recipes:

This chickpea salad sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan (with vegan mayo or cashew cream), plant based, and dairy free.

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Chickpea salad sandwich | Vegetarian chicken salad sandwich | Easy lunch recipes

Chickpea Salad Sandwich


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x

Description

Looking for healthy and easy lunch recipes? This delicious chickpea salad sandwich features a vegan tuna salad using chickpeas!


Ingredients

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  • 15 ounce can chickpeas or (1 ½ cups chickpeas cooked from dry*)
  • 1 rib celery
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, vegan mayonnaise, or cashew cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 4 slices bread (try our Homemade Bread)
  • Lettuce, spring green mix, or sprouts
  • Hummus, optional

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the celery (if it’s a large rib, cut in half lengthwise first). Thinly slice the green onions.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. In a medium bowl, smash the chickpeas with a fork.
  3. Combine the chickpeas with the chopped celery and green onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and celery seed. Add about ¼ to ½ teaspoon kosher salt, depending on your chickpea brand and taste preferences, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Taste and salt until the flavor pops! If the salad is dry, add more mayonnaise (cooked chickpeas have a drier texture than canned).
  4. Assemble the chickpea salad sandwich: If desired, spread the bread with hummus (this amps it up a bit but not required). Top the sandwich with lettuce or greens and chickpea spread.

Notes

*If using cooked chickpeas, remember that canned chickpeas have a bit of salt added, so you’ll want to flavor with a few pinches of kosher salt before using. Also the texture of chickpeas cooked at home can be drier than canned, so you may have to add a bit more mayonnaise. Because of this, we prefer making this chickpea salad with canned chickpeas, but we’ve absolutely made it with cooked chickpeas too! Here’s How to Make Chickpeas or our Instant Pot chickpeas: we make them all the time.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American
Chickpea salad sandwich | Vegetarian chicken salad sandwich | Easy lunch recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Julie says:

    I found this very bland as written but if you add lots of additions like Dijon mustard and plenty of garlic/onion powder, it’s quite delicious for an easy meal. Thanks!!






  2. Lindy says:

    Made this today and it was so easy! I like chicken salad with grapes, so I tried adding them to this chickpea salad. Really good!






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