Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

One of my favorite lunches to prepare is my version of a tuna salad sandwich. Instead of using tuna, I go with chickpeas. Now I won't lie to you all. Chickpeas by no way resembles the texture or taste of tuna. But, it's a damn good replacement and a great source of protein.

UPDATE: This recipe was originally posted August 9, 2018. I have added some updates to the recipe 

I love pairing the sandwich with a pickle or even a handful of plain chips. The best part about this chickpea salad sandwich is that you can jazz it up with a bit of everything to your liking. There is no right or wrong way to making it. I personally try to make it as close to the traditional tuna salad as I can. I even like to add a bit of mustard on top for a bit of a tang.

Serving Size: 4-6 servings

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet salad cubes
  • 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup of diced yellow onions
  • Spinach *You can use as much or as little

  • You can use canned chickpeas or raw. If using raw you will need to soak them overnight or boil
  • Using a food processor or fork, smash your cooked chickpeas until it gets to the consistency you desire. I personally like to have some chunks of the chickpeas in tact for more texture
  • Apply the smashed chickpeas into a bowl to add in your ingredients; Mayonnaise, onions, and sweet salad cubes
  • Stir all ingredients together until you reach your desired consistency. Add more mayonnaise or salad cubes to your tasting

And there you have it. I promise it's quick, simple, delicious, and filling. If chickpeas don't do it for you, I have seen some use Heart of Palm for a more tuna texture. Again, this recipe is so flexible that you can jazz it up depending on how you may be feeling for the day.


  1. I never would have thought of using chickpeas but this looks delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to whip up a protein-rich dish. Can't wait to try your recipe, thanks!

    1. I hope you enjoy! I love the texture the chickpeas give it.

  2. Such a yummy lunch idea, I need to try it

  3. Such a quick and easy sandwich idea, looks so yummy!

  4. This would be a great lunch for my husband! He loves anything with mayo. lol. Do you think it would be good with a spicy mayo?

    1. OMG Spicy Mayo would be perfect! I'd have to try that next time

  5. As a vegetarian, this looks like such a great option for me! I really can’t wait to try it.

    1. I hope you enjoy it! This was one of my favorite go-tos