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This Vegan Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Is About to Be Your New Favorite Lunch (Recipe)

Emmy Schneider-Green
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When you kick animal products to the curb, your diet stands to lose a lot of saturated fat, cholesterol, and icky antibiotics and hormones. Not to mention, you embrace a more compassionate and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

One thing you don’t say goodbye to? Flavor and delicious taste! Exhibit A: This chickpea salad recipe.

It’s true. This chickpea-based “chicken” salad is about to be your new favorite lunch. It’s dangerously addictive. But with wholesome, plant-based, fiber and protein-packed ingredients, that’s not really a bad thing!

This chickpea-based “chicken” salad is about to be your new favorite lunch.

Chickpeas are extremely versatile whether you toss them on top of a salad, mash them into a sandwich wrap, or use them as the base for blondies (yep, they can be dessert).

Want more yummy vegan dessert hacks? Try this: Avocados and Brownies Just Had a Baby! You’ve Gotta Try This Vegan Brownie Recipe (Paleo-Friendly)

And chickpeas pack a healthy punch! Just one cup has 10 grams of plant-based protein, eight grams of fiber, very little in the way of fat, plus a host of micronutrients like folate, riboflavin, Vitamin C, manganese, and more!

Thanks to chickpeas being so full of soluble fiber, they’re a heart-healthy food, and also a slow-digesting carb, which can improve colon health and insulin sensitivity.


Here’s Your Deliciously Healthy Vegan Chickpea Salad Recipe:

If you need the ideal lunch to make ahead of time and enjoy at your desk, on a picnic, or on the go, this is it. You can keep a container of it in the fridge and slap into quick, packable sandwiches, wraps, or serve with a crudité plate and dip veggies into it.

You get the idea – it’s versatile AF!


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 2 heaping tablespoons pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons (or a little less, depending on your preference) vegan mayo OR ½ ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 stalks organic celery, diced
  • 1 dash turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Drain and rinse chickpeas thoroughly, and add to a large bowl. Mash with the back of a fork or a potato masher.

Add mayo or avocado, celery, pickle relish, and spices. Then, combine until blended. Taste and adjust seasoning as you need. Add additional relish, mayo, or pepper for extra kick.

Looking for more recipes with chickpeas? Try this Vegan, Gluten-Free Curried Chickpea Wrap Recipe for Healthy Eating On the Go

Make This Vegan Chickpea Salad Recipe for a Quick and Delicious Meal Anytime!

Enjoy this delicious new lunch for your workdays, picnics, and beach days. And maybe even by the spoonful – because you will totally want to.

If you’re looking for other high-protein, plant-based foods to add to your diet, look no further! Here is A Vegan’s Guide to Protein: 20 Protein-Dense Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

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Emmy Schneider-Green

Emmy is a passionate vegan foodie with a wanderlust spirit. When she’s not working her digital marketing day job or writing, she's probably spending time with her two calico cats, lifting weights, listening to a true crime podcast, or daydreaming (sun & moon Pisces here!)

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