Vegan Chickpea Salad (Vegan Tuna Salad) Sandwich

This delicious chickpea salad is the perfect spread for making sandwiches. It’s made with canned chickpeas, so it’s very affordable. Try it out in your packed lunches!

Chickpea salad can be made so many different ways. This one is a little different because the chickpeas are mashed up into a paste-like spread.

Canned chickpeas are good to use for convenience. You can also use dry chickpeas that have been soaked and cooked. If you are using canned chickpeas, you don’t need to cook them first.

The other ingredients to make this chickpea sandwich are red onion, mustard, and pickles. Of course, if you want additional fillings in your sandwich, such as tomatoes or lettuce, you can add those too. I also like to add a little bit of vegan mayo to my sandwiches but it’s totally optional.

How To Make Chickpea Salad for Sandwiches

This first thing you need to do is drain the canned chickpeas. Then, transfer them to a big bowl and start mashing them up!

Once they are pretty well mashed (you shouldn’t see too many whole chickpeas left), add in the rest of the ingredients.

The other ingredients for the chickpea salad are:


I use Dijon mustard but you can use any type that you like. The mustard will not be a very dominant flavor in the final chickpea salad so even if you don’t normally like the taste of mustard, it won’t be very noticeable in this once it’s all mixed up.

Mustard for the chickpea salad

Red Onion

You’ll need to dice the red onion finely before adding it in. Use as little or as much as you like. I use about 2 Tablespoons worth.

Finely diced red onion, reporting for duty!


I use regular kosher dill pickles in this recipe. Again, chop them up finely before mixing them in. You don’t want a huge hunk of pickle throwing your whole chickpea salad awry…

Yummy diced pickles for the chickpea salad sandwich.

How To Assemble The Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Putting your sandwich together is easy – just spread on some of the chickpea salad onto the bread of your choice. Then add any other things you like such as lettuce, tomato slices, or more red onion.

I recommend toasting the bread a bit first because it helps keep the sandwich together better than soft un-toasted bread. I toast the bread also if the sandwich will be packed in a lunchbox.

Making a chickpea salad sandwich with lettuce, vegan mayo, tomatoes, and red onion.

Chickpea Salad On Toast – No Avocado Toast

Here’s another way you can eat your chickpea salad. Put it on some toast! Makes a great healthy breakfast with some protein. You might be wondering if it would taste good with some “Everything But The Bagel” seasoning. I tried it, but didn’t think it was very good. Save it for the avocadoes!

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This chickpea salad sandwich is perfect for packed lunches. Made using canned chickpeas, it's like a healthier alternative to a tuna sandwich.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 Sandwiches
Calories 276 kcal


For The Filling

  • 1 15oz can chickpeas
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp red onion
  • 3 Tbsp pickles

For The Sandwich

  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 leaves lettuce
  • 1 tomato


  • Mash the chickpeas up with a fork until they are very smooth but still a bit chunky. Stir in the mustard, finely chopped red onion, and finely chopped pickles.
  • Spread the chickpea mixture on bread of your choice. It's great to toast it first. Add sliced tomatoes and fresh lettuce to make the sandwich.
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is a lifesaver! Our family is slowly going vegan and I wasn’t sure what to make for lunches aside from peanut butter jelly sandwiches. I tried this chickpea salad out this week and my kids/husband/I all loved it.


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