Protein & Fiber-Rich Chickpea Salad Recipe Tastes Like Chicken Salad by Melissa Vickers

Protein & Fiber-Rich Chickpea Salad Recipe Tastes Like Chicken Salad

Looking for new vegan recipes? Here’s a vegan version of chicken salad, perfect for sandwiches or as a topping on a bed of lettuce. All the additions of vegetables and the dressing ingredients give the mashed chickpeas the “feel” and flavor of a chicken salad. Paired with a good hearty whole-grain bread, it’s a perfect lunch or light dinner.

To make this vegan "chicken" salad recipe you will need to gather all your vegan ingredients. Here is your healthy shopping list: canned chickpeas (read about the health benefits of chickpeas), celery, onion, bell peppers, fresh parsley, vegan mayonnaise, dill or Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and garlic powder.

Serve the low-calorie, gluten-free creamy chickpea salad over fresh greens or on bread for a sandwich. It's also delicious eaten on crackers or with fresh cut-up vegetables

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • The original recipe was doubled from what is here, and it made a lot of salad. Unless you and your family will eat a lot of it, this half-version is a better choice.
  • I used a mini-food processor to chop the chickpeas and vegetables.
  • The original recipe called for dill pickles, but in an effort to hold the sodium level down, I use dill mustard instead. Dijon mustard can be used also.
  • Add salt and pepper if you like.
  • Garnish with a little smoked paprika or lemon juice.
  • This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork or a potato masher until a coarse “shredded chicken” texture is achieved.
  2. Add the celery, onion, peppers and parsley to bowl and mix well.
  3. In a separate small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar and garlic powder. Pour over the chickpea mixture and toss until well mixed. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 88

Total Fat: 2.8g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 199mg

Total Carbohydrate: 12.9g

Dietary Fiber: 3.1g

Total Sugars: 2.7g

Protein: 3.5g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 34mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 120mg

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Donna John
I make this, too. One of my kids is vegan and one is vegetarian. I love this recipe for myself, and I'm a meat-eater. food: Creamy Vegan "Chicken" Salad Recipe Will Be Requested By Meat Eaters
Melissa Vickers
Same here, Donna. My daughter is vegetarian and one of the grandkids can't do dairy very well. She has done something like this in the past. I'd be more likely to be vegetarian if not for salmon.... But I do like this as a sandwich or salad topping.

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