Vegetarian Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Chickpea sandwich

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
614 Calories
25g Fat
77g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 614
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 689mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 16g 57%
Protein 24g
Calcium 135mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mashed chickpea salad sandwich is a healthy vegetarian sandwich that is a little similar to a tuna sandwich and has lots of protein from the chickpeas (garbanzo beans), making it a perfect lunchtime option for vegetarians and vegans, or anyone who likes tuna salad, chicken salad or egg salad sandwiches and looking for an alternative. If you need a vegetarian mock-tuna salad recipe, this is the recipe to try.

Made with flavors and ingredients similar to a chicken salad or a tuna salad, this chickpea salad is made with chickpeas, mayonnaise, mustard, celery, and sweet pickle relish. You could add in a little fresh dill if you happen to have some on hand as well, and, depending on personal preference, you might want to add in some diced onion or even some chopped green onion. Chickpeas make a great meat substitute in this sandwich!

If you just make chickpea salad (and not sandwiches with bread), all the ingredients are gluten-free, though you might want to check the mayonnaise, mustard, and relish of any additives.

Need it to be vegan? Just use an egg-free vegan mayonnaise (my favorite brand is Vegenaise) in place of regular mayonnaise, since all of the other ingredients are egg-free, dairy-free and vegan. 


  • 1 16 ounce can chickpeas (drained and rinsed well)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (use vegan mayonnaise for a vegan version)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 rib celery (minced)
  • dash salt (to taste)
  • dash pepper (to taste)
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 6 slices sandwich bread (lightly toasted is best)

Steps to Make It

  1. First, if you're using freshly cooked chickpeas, plan on about 1 2/3 cup, cooked, and, cook them a little extra longer than usual so that they are extra soft and easy to mash. 

  2. Mash together the prepared chickpeas with the mayonnaise, mustard, and the lemon juice until the chickpeas are mostly smooth but still slightly chunky for a nice texture.

  3. Add the sweet pickle relish, minced celery, and a bit of salt and pepper.

  4. You can stop here, and plate your chickpea salad on lettuce and serve just like that, or, you can make sandwiches. To make sandwiches, first, lightly toast slices of bread and place a thin layer of lettuce on the bread, then top with tomato slices and a scoop of the prepared chickpea salad mixture.