Chickpea Salad, a Simple Five-Minute Meal

February 28, 2016 Updated: February 28, 2016

We love this chickpea dish for its versatility. Prep a big batch and then enjoy it all week in a variety of ways.

This is our vegan and gluten-free version of a healthy tuna or chicken salad, loaded with protein, fiber. and omega-3s (healthy fat). It takes five minutes to toss together, and you can enjoy it so many ways.

Try serving it over a chopped spinach salad, make a “melt” on a slice of Ezekiel bread or a tortilla, fold in some chopped avocado, or enjoy it in a cabbage or collard green wrap. It is even delicious on its own as a side dish—so many possibilities.

Don’t forget school lunches. Kids gave their stamp of approval too! Double the recipe below if you are prepping a larger batch. It stores for a week in the fridge or longer if you keep it in the freezer.

Loaded with protein, fiber, and omega-3s.

Prepping ahead saves us time and money and helps reduce stress and meal-time struggles. We also love to get our kids involved in cooking. We want them to see and understand their food, where it comes from and how it is made and have fun along the journey.

Use organic ingredients when possible.

Serves 4

  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed well, or about 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium size cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt


Pulse in a blender or Vitamix: chickpeas, mustard, and mayo for two to three pulses. You want it to be rough, not creamy. Then pour into a bowl and mix all the remaining ingredients together. Garnish with microgreens and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!

Thanks to Elizabeth Stein of Purely Elizabeth for the inspiration.

Christine Beal Dunst and Stephanie Rapp are the co-founders of Embody Wellness Company, your health and lifestyle concierge, specializing in creating customizable holistic wellness and nutrition programs targeted to accomplish your goals in a lasting way. For more information, visit