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As someone who has followed a plant based lifestyle for about four years now I have made quite a few chickpea salads in my time! It is a great replacement for a chicken or tuna salad sandwich and is so easy to take on the go. I actually prefer this version because it is a great way to get in protein, fiber, and some extra fruits & veggies. I have made many different variations before and this one turned out to be my absolute favorite. I will leave my tips for alterations below!

To make it more of a "chicken" salad...

Replace the apple with chopped cranberries.

Add a quarter of a finely diced red onion.

Do not add the seaweed.

Do not add the avocado.

Add 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Add 1/2 tsp onion powder.

To make it more of a "tuna" salad...

Do not add the apple.

Double the amount of seaweed.

Add in 1 tsp of dulse flakes.

Do not add the celery.

Crush the chickpeas really well.

Add only half of the avocado.

To make it more of a "egg" salad...

Do not add the celery or apple.

Add in 1/2 block of extra firm tofu, pressed, and diced.

Add 1/2 tsp of kala namak or black salt.



(No Mayo!)

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 5-10 minutes


3 cups of rinsed & drained chickpeas

1 cup of hummus*

1/2 apple, finely diced

2 medium stalks of celery, finely diced

1 lemon's juice

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp dried dill

3 tbsp of chopped chives

1 mashed avocado

1/4 sheet of nori minced

*for the hummus I used Ithaca's Lemon Dill but a plain hummus will also work, just add an extra tbsp of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of dill.


Mash chickpeas with the back of a fork or roughly chop them and add to a large bowl then rough them up with a fork.

Add remaining ingredients and mix till everything is well combined.



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