Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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

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

Why is finding healthy and easy lunch recipes so hard? Alex and I like to eat extremely simple at breakfast and lunch, so that we can spend our time and energy on dinner recipes. So here’s one of our favorite easy lunch tricks ever: is this chickpea salad sandwich! It’s basically a vegetarian chicken salad sandwich, but uses chickpeas instead of chicken. It’s so tasty, it’s become one of our most popular chickpea recipes. Even our toddler Larson is a huge fan: he tries to sneak bites while we’re making it!

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

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.

One note: you can use canned or cooked chickpeas for this chickpea salad sandwich. Our preference is canned chickpeas (see below), but both work. Here’s our Pressure Cooker chickpeas method if you happen to have an Instant Pot. If you don’t, use our How to Cook Dried Beans in a Dutch Oven (which includes chickpeas / garbanzo beans). However, if you do use canned chickpeas in this recipe, remember a few things

  • Canned chickpeas have a bit of salt added, so you’ll want to flavor with a few pinches of kosher salt before using.
  • The texture of chickpeas cooked at home can be 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. However, we’ve made it many times with cooked chickpeas too.

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Toppings for this chickpea salad sandwich

Here, we’ve kept the toppings pretty minimal for this chickpea salad sandwich. We’ve used spring greens for some texture. A fun trick that we’ve used 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. And if you’re up for a challenge, you could use our Homemade Sourdough Bread or Easy Dutch Oven Bread for the sandwich!

Like our Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, you can use any toppings you like for this chickpea salad sandwich. Here are a few that might be fun to get your wheels turning!

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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


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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 vegetarian chicken salad using chickpeas!


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Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas*
  • 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 1/4 to 1/2 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

Keywords: Chickpea Salad Sandwich, Lunch Ideas, Lunch Recipes, Fast Recipes, Easy Recipes, Easy Lunch Ideas, Chickpea Salad, Chickpeas, Faux Tuna Salad

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! Outside of this chickpea salad sandwich, here are a few more easy lunch recipes:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

31 Comments

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    January 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    This chickpea salad sandwich sounds so delicious and convenient for lunch! :)

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    Anna
    January 23, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Just made this and used vegan mayo… SO GOOD!! the best vegan “chicken salad” I’ve had! Thanks for recipe

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 23, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      Oh we are so glad to hear it! The best vegan chicken salad is the biggest compliment — thank you!

  • Reply
    Diana
    January 24, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Great recipe…easy, healthy and the most delicious sandwich I’ve eaten in a long time! Hubby loved it too!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 24, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Oh we are so glad to hear it! Thanks for making our recipe!

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    January 26, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    nice recipe and a great reminder that chickpeas have a decent amount of protein, like a chicken salad sandwich in consistency, thank you for this recipe

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      YES! Sometimes people have texture issues with them, but here they’re just right. Thanks for making it!

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    Alicia
    February 27, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I made this for dinner because I felt lazy and it was Cook’s choice night. It was great! And now I have lunch for tomorrow too.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 23, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Haha, that sounds just perfect! And leftovers are great too :) So glad you enjoyed!

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    Angelica
    March 21, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I’ve been eating Vegetarian foods for 7 years now, but I needed new fun and easy ideas to make eating and cooking fun again. I’m Glad I found this website. I like how good every plate looks. I’m going to try the “Chickpea sandwich” for lunch today.

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    Angelica Vergara
    March 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I’ve been eating Vegetarian foods for 7 years now, but I needed new fun and easy ideas to make eating and cooking fun again. I’m Glad I found this website. I like how good every plate looks. I’m going to try the “Chickpea sandwich” for lunch today.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      We always need fun new ideas too! Let us know what you think.

  • Reply
    donna mikasa
    April 30, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    This has become my favorite sandwich spread and I have a stockpile of canned chickpeas in my pantry!
    It’s SOOOOOO good! I roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla and throw on a romaine leaf. Best.lunch.ever! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      May 1, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Oh we are so happy to hear this! And it’s our favorite lunch too :) Thanks for making it!

  • Reply
    Emily
    August 12, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    I’m not vegetarian but wanted to find healthy sandwich ideas for when I’m on the go during my pregnancy. I was getting so burned out on pb&j. This was a quick recipe I could whip up the night before work and pack nicely for lunch. Thank you!

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    Matt
    December 2, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Wow! I just recently decided to switch my diet to a more plant based one and came across this recipe. If someone else had made this for me and not said anything about it being made from chickpeas, I highly doubt I would have known. This tastes amazing and even left me feeling full, which was one of my main concerns when switching to this type of diet. Thank you for such a wonderful lunch idea!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      December 2, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Reply
    Oliver
    February 27, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Love it. Didn’t have celery so I substituted sweet snap peas. Not the healthiest option but I threw some bacon on top and it was awesome! Thanks so much

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    Mark
    April 9, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve been making this type of sandwich for some time but If you really want to make it special crush the peas a bit and add just a dash of black salt. It’s not black but pink and smells and tastes like eggs . You can find it on line or at middle eastern markets. It takes very little as it is very concentrated compared to regular salt.

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 9, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      We’ll have to try this!

  • Reply
    Julia V
    April 24, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve been making this for a couple months now and it’s in my weekend rotation. Really easy to whip up and lasts over the weekend so I have lunch at the ready! Thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      April 24, 2020 at 7:21 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for commenting :)

  • Reply
    Ragamuffin
    May 6, 2020 at 1:05 am

    I feel silly asking, but is this whole or powdered celery seed? I haven’t ever bought it or used it, but I see there are two different kinds. Also, where do I find vegan mayo? It wasn’t at the two grocery stores I tried. The recipe sounds great!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      May 6, 2020 at 9:21 am

      Hi! This is whole celery seed. We have vegan mayo available at most grocery stores here but you can also buy online: https://rstyle.me/+wCB5MbG9NzZBwVmletC12g

      • Reply
        Ragamuffin
        May 28, 2020 at 9:15 pm

        Thanks for your answer. I found the celery seed and the vegan mayo, and I’ve made the recipe twice already. It’s so good!!

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    Anita
    May 28, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    This is extremely good! Perfect vegan sandwich option. I saw your video the other day with @Chiefspicemama and I’m so excited to try more of your recipes! Thank you.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      May 28, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you for tuning in! Glad you loved the chickpea salad :)

  • Reply
    Shannon
    June 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Made this for lunch today and it is delicious!! I did not have green onions so i finely chopped some white onion and i also added some sliced almonds! So good! I will make this regularly!

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      June 2, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Amy
    July 16, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    I’m new to vegetarianism, and love sandwiches for lunch so found your list. This was the first one I tried, and I will be making it a lot. It’s delicious, easy and healthy. I can’t wait to try it with other seasonings, too.

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      Alex Overhiser
      July 20, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      So glad you’re enjoying it! :)

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