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Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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Looking for a quick, healthy, and tasty lunch? This Chickpea Salad Sandwich is just what you’re looking for! Ready in just 10 minutes, this recipe is perfect for weekday lunches and is easy to pack for work, school, or picnics.

Two halves of chickpea salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato in background.

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Do you often feel too busy to put together a healthy satisfying lunch? I know I often feel this way. Well here’s a recipe that you can put together in minutes! It packs well in a lunch box, making it a perfect option for weekday lunches and picnics.

This Chickpea Salad Sandwich is so satisfying and tasty! It’s light and fresh, but is loaded with protein and fiber to help fill you up. It’s a great alternative to a tuna salad or chicken salad sandwich.

And it’s low in fat. I use my Tofu Cashew Mayonnaise which has only 1 gram of fat and less than 20 calories per tablespoon – much less than regular mayo.

Ingredients in this vegan chickpea salad sandwich

Ingredients for chickpea salad.
  • Chickpeas – I used drained and rinsed canned chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), but you can also cook your own from dried
  • Vegan Mayonnaise – my homemade vegan tofu mayonnaise recipe is perfect for this chickpea salad, but use your favorite vegan mayo.
  • Shredded carrots
  • Chopped celery
  • Unsalted sunflower seeds
  • Chopped green onions
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried dill
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make Chickpea Salad

Open face chickpea salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato

1. Mash chickpeas by hand with a potato masher or pastry cutter, or pulse them a few times in a food processor. Don’t puree the chickpeas – you want to leave some chunky texture. It’s OK if there are still a few whole beans.

2. Dice up some celery, shred a carrot, and slice some green onion. Add these to the bowl with the smashed chickpeas, along with the remaining ingredients.

3. Stir everything together until it is well combined. Taste for seasoning, and add additional salt, pepper, mustard, or lemon juice to taste.

4. Then just scoop the chickpea mixture onto your oil free bread (lightly toast it if you like), add your favorite vegetable fillings, and enjoy! Could it be any easier than this? I think not!

What fillings can I put in my Chickpea Salad Sandwich?

I like a simple sandwich with some lettuce and tomato, but feel free to get creative with your sandwich. Some other ideas are:

  • Sliced yellow or red onion
  • Pickle slices
  • Sprouts
  • Other greens, such as spinach, kale, cabbage, arugula, basil leaves, or spring greens
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber slices
  • Leftover roasted vegetables

Other serving suggestions

  • In addition to making a delicious sandwich, the chickpea salad is also tasty scooped on to a bed of salad greens and fresh veggies.
  • Use it as a filling for lettuce wraps.
  • Spread it on crackers or use as a dip for pita chips.
  • Serve it along with some Seasoned Waffle Fries or Baked French Fries.
Chickpea salad sandwich cut in half with tomato and lettuce in background.

Frequently asked questions about this recipe

How long does this chickpea salad last?

Leftover chickpea salad will last for several days in the refrigerator, so you can enjoy it throughout the week.

Can I use chickpeas cooked from dry?

Yes. Home cooked chickpeas will probably be a bit drier than the canned chickpeas, so you will probably want to increase the mayonnaise.

Can this be made gluten free?

Yes! The chickpea salad is entirely gluten free. For the sandwich, just use your favorite gluten free bread. Or skip the bread and enjoy a scoop of the chickpea salad on a bed of salad greens, or as a filling for lettuce or collard wraps.

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Chickpea salad sandwich cut in half with tomato and lettuce in background.

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Teresa Sklenicka
Looking for a quick, healthy, and tasty lunch? This Chickpea Salad Sandwich is just what you're looking for. Ready in just 10 minutes, this recipe is perfect for weekday lunches and is easy to pack for work, school, or picnics.
4.80 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 275 kcal


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Tofu Cashew Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • Whole grain bread
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato


  • Mash the chickpeas in a bowl or pulse in a food processor to chop up. Do not puree; there should still be chunks of chickpea.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir together to combine well.
  • Spoon the chickpea salad onto the whole wheat bread. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and any other vegetables you desire.


Nutrition facts are calculated on the chickpea salad. Total nutrition facts will vary depending on your choice of bread and vegetable fillings.
If you use home cooked chickpeas, you may need to add a bit more mayonnaise.


Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 39.8gProtein: 13gFat: 8.4gSodium: 780mgFiber: 11gSugar: 9.5gVitamin A: 4583IUVitamin C: 4.06mgCalcium: 101.13mgIron: 2.35mg
Keyword Chickpeas, Oil Free, Sandwiches
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By on January 13th, 2020

About Teresa Sklenicka

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