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The Best Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Recipe

The best easy chickpea “chicken” salad sandwich recipe. A meatless alternative to chicken salad full of flavor and made with classic ingredients! 

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This delicious smashed chickpea “chicken” salad has become such a favorite of ours over the years and it is so easy to make.

Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to try a delicious meatless lunch, this recipe is a great one!

This recipe is a vegan take on the classic favorite recipes of chicken salad and tuna salad. 

Mashed chickpeas give us the perfect texture for creating a delicious vegan chickpea salad!

This recipe and our tofu wraps are two of our favorite lunch recipes.

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How To make vegan chickpea salad

This recipe is just 9 ingredients, vegan, and packed full of flavor.

The first step is to drain and mash the chickpeas up until they are the texture below, with few chunks remaining. 

You can use either the bottom of a glass, such as a mason jar, or a potato masher. 

The goal is to get it nice and mashed up so that there are just a few chunks remaining for texture. 

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Next, chop up the celery, bread and butter pickles, and fresh dill. 

These classic ingredients will make it taste just like chicken salad!

Add those ingredients to the smashed chickpeas along with the lemon juice, vegan mayo, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

Stir it all together and keep any leftovers in the fridge for a fast lunch!

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I can’t get enough of this chickpea salad!

The flavors all compliment each other really well without being too overpowering.

This recipe is classically delicious and the fresh ingredients make all of the flavors pop!

vegan chickpea salad sandwich

My husband goes crazy for these chickpea sandwiches, he will eat 3 in one sitting!

I’ve discovered that the easiest way to mash the chickpeas is to use the bottom of a mason jar and smash in a large bowl.

You can see the technique in the recipe video at the end of this post.

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Sounds weird but it works great!

You could also use a potato masher, but I have found that the bottom of a mason jar or even just a glass cup works the best for me.

This is a great vegan meal prep recipe.

I can’t count how many times I have made a batch of this chickpea salad and used it for quick sandwiches all week long.

It’s so simple and always tastes great!

The taste and texture compared to chicken salad is really very similar.

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Vegan Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Chickpea "Chicken" Salad Sandwiches

Vegan chickpea "Chicken" salad sandwich recipe made with less than 10 ingredients. The perfect vegan meal prep recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and thoroughly smashed (we use the bottom of a mason jar to smash them)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely diced/minced
  • ½ cup diced bread and butter pickles
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Drain chickpeas and place in a large bowl. Mash well (we use the bottom of a mason jar as a masher)
  2. Dice up the celery and pickles and add them to the chickpeas
  3. Use a knife to finely mince and cut up the fresh dill, then measure and add to the chickpeas
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well
  5. Your chickpea chicken salad is ready!
  6. Serve with lettuce, avocado, or toppings of choice for your sandwich

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

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Monday 11th of April 2022

I loved this recipe it’s so versatile. I added spicy bread and butter pickles and used the juice of the pickles instead of lemon. I also used celery salt in lieu of sea salt and added red onion. I ate it in a romaine boat topped with avocado. Omg…I could eat the whole bowl! Thank you!!!


Monday 20th of December 2021

This sounds delish, and I'm FAR from being vegan.


Sunday 27th of June 2021

Everything about this is so cute!! I love it! Making this tomorrow! I’m going to try sprinkling it with some pickled red onions and romaine lettuce!


Tuesday 6th of April 2021

I made this for my there-has-to-be-meat-to-be-a-meal midwestern family for Easter brunch and it was a big hit! My fiancé, who doesn't like briny foods, even welcomed the vinegar punch from the pickles. I added a little dijon mustard & green onions and topped it with a drizzle of siracha & sunflower seeds. BOMB. This ones a keeper. Thanks for sharing it.

Joy Shull

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

What a compliment! Love that you made it your own with toppings. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed it :)


Monday 7th of September 2020

Just tried this for lunch today and it is so good :) I omitted the pickles because of personal preference but this recipe is a keeper!

Joy Shull

Friday 11th of September 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe Emma!

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