Hearty chickpeas, creamy tahini-yogurt dressing, sweet dates, and crunchy vegetables. A healthy lunch ready in 5 minutes.
Lunch is served, in just 5 minutes. Hearty chickpeas, creamy tahini-yogurt dressing, sweet dates, and crunchy vegetables come together to create the best veggie sandwich, toast topper, salad booster, cracker buddy, or power bowl addition.
I developed this recipe to cure my own lunchtime blues. (Yes, even when you write a book on lunch, you can run out of ideas… especially as a new parent who needs food fast!). It’s easy, quick, and offered the perfect switch-up from our current routine (usually leftovers or eggs on toast—good but gets old quickly).
Quick and Easy Chickpea Salad Ingredients
- Canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- Red onion
How to Serve Tahini-Yogurt Dressing
Beyond this recipe, the tahini sauce is delicious on anything savoury coming out of your kitchen that needs a creamy boost. Try roasted vegetables, salads, loaded sweet potatoes, toast, chicken salad, chickpea tuna salad, crackers, veggies, and so on; the recipe makes a little extra on purpose for this reason.
While I love a tuna salad or chicken salad sandwich, I do like to keep most of my meals vegetarian, especially at lunchtime. Using chickpeas in place of tuna or chicken still provides protein, along with layers of texture and flavour.
Chickpea Tuna Salad (Vegan) and Other Flavoring Ideas
This recipe’s dressing and salad are Middle Eastern-influenced, with tahini, cumin, yogurt, and lemon, which I think is the perfect pair for chickpeas and dates. But, you can add your flavor twist! Here are some ideas:
- Chickpea salad with fresh herbs and scallions
- Chickpea dill salad
- Chickpea tuna salad vegan variation with chopped pickles and/or lemon and vegan mayo
- Curried (with madras curry powder)
Can I use a different bean in chickpea salad?
Yes. White beans would work, offering a similar meaty-creamy texture and full-bodied flavour. Northern beans would be my second choice. Black beans are typically drier and would not work well here.
How to Make Chickpea Salad Vegan
Use plain vegan yogurt in place of the dairy yogurt, or a combination of vegan yogurt and vegan mayonnaise. I like this option for a chickpea tuna salad vegan version.
How Long Does Chickpea Salad Keep?
Meal-prep to the rescue! Refrigerate your chickpea salad (just the salad, not assembled into a sandwich or in a bowl) up to 4 days. Re-season with additional lemon and salt to perk things up on days 2, 3, and 4. If it seems a touch dry, additional reserved dressing or olive oil will do the trick.
How to Serve Chickpea Salad
- Grain Bowls with rice or quinoa, cucumber, and extra sauce (pictured)
- Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with sliced avocado and grated carrot or thinly sliced cucumber
- Salad on greens/arugula with roasted squash or fresh cherry tomatoes
- Roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad with yogurt dressing in a wrap
- Hummus bowls served with flatbreads
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes topped with roasted cauliflower and extra sauce
Any way you spin it, this creamy, 5-minute, vegetarian lunch idea will not disappoint. Turn to this recipe when you need fast lunchtime inspiration, and play around with the ingredients until you get the combination that’s right for you.