Vegan Chickpea Salad

Hear me out. VEGAN. CHICKPEA. SALAD. It seriously tastes like chicken, yet there’s no meat at all! This vegan chickpea salad is so refreshing and perfect for summer. It’s a great option to serve to your vegan or vegetarian friends at the next neighborhood BBQ, or make for yourself for a work lunch!

vegan "chicken" salad on a bun with red onion and cucumber and the salad layered between the two pieces of bread.

Chicken salad sandwiches were my favorite as a child. There’s something about the combination of creamy sauce, savory spices, sweet grapes and crunchy celery that are just fantastic on a beautiful roll. This chickpea salad sandwich gives me the exact same vibes as my childhood but without the meat! I’m talking lunchbox with an ice pack and a note from mom vibes.

You might be asking, why should I try vegan chickpea salad?

Well, if you are vegetarian or vegan, this is a new brainer. It’s a delicious cooling lunch or dinner, and if you ever did enjoy chicken salad, you will feel the comfort in this new meal! If you aren’t vegan but are dabbling in adding plant-based protein to your lifestyle, chickpea salad is a great way to keep familiarity while trying something new.

I love that this recipe is easy, affordable, and SO TASTY! I cannot rave on enough. You can customize the seasonings to your liking, add more or less, or different ones. If you like grapes in your chicken salad, you will LOVE grapes in your vegan chickpea salad! And if you don’t, then don’t add them. My favorite part of savory dinner recipes like these are that it isn’t as much of a “science” as baking is, so you can customize the recipe a lot more.

If salads and sandwiches aren’t your vibe, I have a great vegan pasta recipe. Be sure to check it out with my dinner recipes on the blog. And as always, if you are inspired by this recipe or make it, be sure to tag me on Instagram @maggiebakesgrace for a chance to be featured on my stories!

vegan "chicken" salad on a bun with red onion and cucumber and the salad layered between the two pieces of bread.

Vegan Chickpea Salad

Vegan chickpea salad is going to be your new go-to meatless lunch. It is very easy, and tastes very similar to its meaty counterpart!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 15 oz canned chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo of choice
  • 2 tbsp non-dairy plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 stalk celery chopped thin
  • 1/4 cup sliced grapes
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, slightly mash the chickpeas with a fork.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the chickpeas and mix well until they are evenly coated with the "dressing".
  • Taste the chickpea salad and adjust any of the seasonings to your liking.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. I suggest serving on a roll or with crackers! Enjoy!
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