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Side view of a smashed chickpea salad sandwich

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

  • Author: Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Kosher


If you’re craving a tuna salad minus the tuna, this is the recipe for you! We made this Chickpea Salad as a vegan option that’s super tasty eaten by itself or put into a sandwich. 



  • 1-15oz can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, diced small (yields about 1 cup)
  • 3 celery stalks, diced small (yields about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro or parsley tightly packed, finely chopped 
  • 2 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tbsp regular or vegan mayo ( See note #1)
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • A couple of splashes of hot sauce (optional)


  1. Pulse the chickpeas in the food processor 4-5 times until they just start to break down (we like the chickpea salad chunky.  If you like it smoother, pulse a few more times)
  2. Add the diced carrots, celery, cilantro, and sunflower seeds and mix well. Transfer to a bowl and set aside
  3. To prepare the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Add to the chickpea mixture, mix well and refrigerate until ready to use
  4. Enjoy it on a sandwich (see sandwich add-on suggestion in note #3 below), eat it with crackers, or on a bed of lettuce


  1. If you want to make this chickpea salad mayo-free, you can use cashew cream, or tahini sauce.
  2. You can add chopped red onion, capers, or scallions to this chickpea salad
  3. Sandwich add-ons: pickled onions, microgreens, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and potato chips if you want some extra crunch.
  4. This post was originally posted in August 2015, the recipe and images have been updated.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Spread
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 1.2
  • Sodium: 96
  • Fat: 1.4
  • Saturated Fat: .3
  • Unsaturated Fat: .9
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1
  • Fiber: 1.5
  • Protein: 1.7
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: gluten-free, kosher, parve, sandwich

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