Chickpea Salad Sandwich

My non-vegan mom said, "it tastes just like chicken!"
My non-vegan mom said, “it tastes just like chicken!”

If you’ve been craving a cool chicken salad sandwich, try this outstanding chickpea salad as a healthy substitute!  Chicken on its own isn’t very flavorful–that (among other reasons not to eat chicken) is why we don’t eat it boiled plain or steamed.  This salad has all of the wonderful flavor and crunch of a deli chicken salad sandwich, without any chicken or mayo (no eggs, meat, cholesterol, or animal protein).  Paired with a crunchy home-fermented pickle and served on 100% whole wheat bread it’s an amazing and nourishing lunch!

Ingredients:

Throw this salad in a whole wheat lavash wrap for plant-based lunch on the go!
Throw this salad in a whole wheat lavash wrap for plant-based lunch on the go!

For the mayo:

1 (12oz) Package silken tofu

Juice of 1 lemon

1 Tablespoon mustard

1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar (sub apple cider vinegar if you like)

Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend on high until very smooth.  Add a little water if necessary to achieve a nice consistency.

For the chickpea salad:

1 & 1/2 Cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 (15oz) can, drained and rinsed)

2 Stalks celery, chopped

3 Spring onions, chopped

1/4 Cup chopped dill pickle

1/4 Cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/2 Cup homemade vegan mayo

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon mustard

1 Tablespoon fresh dill, minced (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)

Juice of 1/2 of a lemon

Freshly ground black pepper

Sandwich bread and fixin’s like: tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl.  Use a potato masher or fork to mash the chickpeas until flaky.  Add the celery, spring onion, pickles, bell pepper, mayo, and garlic and stir to combine.  Stir in the mustard and dill.  Season with lemon juice and black pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

The perfect backyard picnic lunch!  Our little family scarfed these chickpea salad sammies.
The perfect backyard picnic lunch! Our little family scarfed these chickpea salad sammies.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. antecessus says:

    I enjoy your posts but wish you would add a cut to them so I can scroll through the main page faster, rather than having to scroll through entire posts just to find one in particular. It means less fit on a page before it has to load more – I’m on a phone, so it’s quite tedious. Just a thought 🙂

    1. Chelsea says:

      Thanks for the feedback! I’ll consider a setup like that. When I’m looking for a particular recipe I usually use the search function.

      1. antecessus says:

        Heh, yea, I don’t always remember the name 😮

  2. Anna says:

    Yum!!!! Our mayo turned out a bit on the runny side but we just threw in some chickpeas and it thickened quite nicely. Loved it!!!!

  3. Kate says:

    Best sandwich EVER!!! Added little sweet gherkin pickles and it was delicious!

    1. Chelsea says:

      Ooo I’ll have to try that! Thanks!

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