Ultra Cheap and Delicious Chickpea Salad (Vegan)

By far one of my favorite go-to meals, this simple chickpea salad can be made whichever way fits your fancy and is extremely affordable!

To make four hearty sandwiches it comes in at only $1.25!

That’s only about 32ยข per sandwich. WHAT!

Check out the tips and alternative ingredients down below for some intuitive cooking inspiration!

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Chickpea Salad

Charli Harlen
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 557 kcal


  • 1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pickles, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mayo, your preference
  • 8 slices Bread, your preference *optional
  • 4 leaves Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin *optional
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika *optional
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder *optional


  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add drained and rinsed chickpeas and dry roast for about 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently.
    chickpeas roasting in pan for chickpea salad
  • Mash chickpeas with fork until desired chunkyness is reached. Stir well.
    mashed chickpeas in pan
  • Add seasonings. Feel free to experiment. Roast, stiring frequently, for another 5 minutes.
    seasoned chickpeas in pan
  • Let chickpeas cool. Chop ingredients. Another area to experiment.
  • Add everything to mixing bowl and combine.
  • Spoon out a quarter of the mixture on to a sandwich or a bed of mixed greens.
    Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Keyword vegan

Chickpea Salad…Salad

Cut the carbs and switch to a salad on salad situation. I also tend to dress this version up with cherry tomatoes, extra sliced onion, and whatever else I’m feeling.

Essential Add-ins

You cannot go wrong with cucumber. I love to cube them up and stir them in.

Tomatoes are a surprisingly delicious addition. On occasion, I will stir in a handful of halved cherry tomatoes to break up the richness and add a touch of sweetness.

Another unbelievably awesome addition is chopped celery! Talk about crunch!

Combine all three. Replace the pickles with chopped olives, and you have a pleasing Mediterranean-inspired lunch!

Go a whole different route by adding in a dollop of Sriracha and chopped green onion!

Make it Cajun with some bell pepper, creole seasoning, and a dash of cayenne!

Play with the ingredients. This recipe is tough to mess up, so don’t feel intimidated!

Remember Seasonings!

Switch up your spice blend to pair well with whatever ingredients you are changing up!

Check out this great post on creating your own spice blends at home!

Cheap and Delicious (Vegan) Chickpea Salad: An Intuitive Cooking Recipe

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