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Top view of ingredients in a white bowl to make chickpea salad with a spoon

Chickpea Salad

This Chickpea Salad is fresh, flavorful and easy to make with chickpeas, cucumbers, capers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. It's delicious as a simple side salad, filled into a lettuce wrap or stuffed in a gluten-free sandwich for a healthy vegan lunch.

Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chickpea salad, chickpea salad sandwich, chickpea sandwich, vegan salad, vegan sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 127 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) , drained and rinsed (can also sub with cooked dried chickpeas)
  • 1/2 small-medium red onion , diced
  • ¼ medium English cucumber , chopped
  • 6 grape tomatoes , chopped - or use tomatoes of choice
  • 1 celery stalk , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill , chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley , chopped
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard or Wholegrain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced. Or sub with 1/2 - 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or sub with hummus, dairy-free yogurt or mayo of choice. Tahini or pesto would be other delicious options.
  • Salt and pepper

Optional for serving:


  1. Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas to a large bowl. Use the back of a fork to mash chickpeas until mostly broken down, a few whole chickpeas is fine.

    A fork mashing chickpeas in a bowl
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Chop the red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, celery and capers. Add to the chickpeas along with chopped parsley, dill, mustard, garlic, lemon juice and vegan mayonnaise.

    Top view of ingredients in a blue bowl to make smashed chickpea salad with a spoon
  3. Mix until combined and season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. You can enjoy immediately but we actually think it tastes best after chilling in the fridge for 20 minutes to an hour. Just be sure not let this salad sit at room temperature too long as it tastes best when chilled.

    Top view of mixed chickpea salad in a blue bowl to make smashed chickpea salad with a spoon
  4. Add to lettuce leaves, grain-free tortillas, grain-free paleo bread or grain-free crackers by adding a scoop of smashed chickpeas along with lettuce or other sandwich fillers of choice.

    Building a chickpea salad sandwich on a piece of gluten free bread with lettuce
Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.