chickpea salad sandwich

Chickpea Salad Sandwich Trio

If you are a sandwich lover and a chickpea fan, look no further! Here are three great chickpea salads that make terrific plant-based versions of chicken, egg, and tuna sandwiches.

My chik’n salad uses walnuts, grapes, celery, and tarragon for a healthy turn on a classic chicken tarragon salad.

Turn chickpeas into egg salad with kala namak, or black salt, is also referred to as Himalayan black salt. It starts out as Himalayan pink salt, which is fire-roasted with the seeds of harad fruit, which contain sulfur. The sulfur gives this salt an eggy taste.

For tuna salad, we add some dulse flakes. Dulse is a seaweed. It’s a great source of iodine and adds a slight, but not overpowering, fish flavor to the chickpea salad.

Chickpea Salad Trio

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, per salad recipe

Chik’n Salad

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grapes, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/8 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Egg Salad

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1 tsp dill or chives
  • 1/2 tsp black salt see notes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika

Tuna Salad

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dulse flakes see notes
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Use one can of chickpeas for each salad you are making.
  • Put the drained and rinsed chickpeas in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Add the remaining ingredients for the salad you are making and mix well.
  • Transfer to a storage container and chill.
  • Use as a sandwich spread, on a green salad, or eat with crackers.


Indian black salt, or Kala Namak, has a sulfurous aroma that makes it taste like egg. Look for it in Indian groceries, or order here. Dulse flakes are seaweed. Dulse is an excellent source of iodine and adds a slight ocean flavor to food that tastes like tuna. Look for it in health food stores or order here.

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