Try this ULTIMATE Chickpea Salad! A healthy, vegan alternative to tuna salad that is even more delicious! Plant-based, gluten-free, nut-free and also oil-free.
This Chickpea Salad has been wildly popular with readers, so I’m posting it – a second time!
When I did the redesign of my site, I also had to convert all the recipes from that dang recipage site to a new platform. All the recipage recipes were glitchy, so it meant inputting ALL of my recipes into a new software.
That was fun. #uhno
Most recipes were within blog posts, so that was somewhat easy to do. However, some recipes I added without any post, just a stand-alone recipe. With the conversion, I lost them. 😫
Getting past all that technical jabber, I am still in the process of reintroducing some of the lost recipes. (Please bear with me!)
And while this Chickpea Salad may not be new to you, it surely will be new to some of my readers. Or, it may remind you just how incredibly good it is to make again!
When I make this Chickpea Salad, I serve it as bowl food. Straight up in a big bowl of greens with other veg and the chickpea salad right on top!
Sometimes a drizzle of a tangy vinaigrette, other times, just as is. When the weather is hot, this is a lighter way to eat the salad. In colder months, you may prefer it in a sandwich, wrap, or even with grains in a bowl.
Enjoy, and please share how you like to dig into this Chickpea Salad!
This recipe is reminiscent of tuna salad – but much healthier AND tastier!
- 3-4 teaspoons tahini see note
- 2 teaspoons plain nondairy milk
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar to taste
- 1 teaspoon tamari
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kelp granules
- 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1-2 pinches sea salt to taste
- 1 cup chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup diced apple
- 2-4 tablespoons diced green or red bell pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons diced celery optional; see note
- 2 teaspoons capers optional; see note
- Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley optional
In a bowl, whisk together the tahini, milk, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, tamari, mustard, kelp granules, maple syrup, and sea salt. Mash the chickpeas slightly with a fork or bottom of a measuring cup. Add to the tahini mixture along with the apple, bell pepper, celery, capers, and parsley, and mix together. Serve between slices of whole-grain bread, rolled in a tortilla, as a green wrap (using large leaves of romaine lettuce or collards), or served as bowl food with greens or whole grains.
Tahini Note: A little tahini goes a long way. For a creamier mix use the full 4 teaspoons, but for a little lighter salad, use 3.
Seasonings Note: You may want to omit the celery and capers for your kiddos. Be sure to include the apple; it’s delightful with the savory ingredients! Raisins are also a great addition.
photos by Nicole Axworthy