Easy Turmeric Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Looking for an easy vegan sandwich recipe? Try this turmeric chickpea salad! It’s a plant-based alternative to a tuna salad or egg salad sandwich – and full of protein and flavor! Add your favorite sandwich toppings and devour.

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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Turmeric Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe

What kind of sandwich person are you? I’m definitely a cold sandwich person (my husband prefers hot sandwiches like paninis, pshhh.) My favorite type of sandwiches is, by far, chickpea salad.

This type of sandwich is a great substitute for chicken or tuna salad. Chickpeas are packed with protein, low in fat, and also contain fiber, manganese, and folate. If you pile on the veggies in your sandwiches like I do, you have an incredibly healthy, filling lunch! Prep a big container of chickpea salad on Sunday and you’ll have lunches for the whole week. I also love to use this as a dip for crackers and veggies.

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How to Make Chickpea Salad

To make this turmeric chickpea salad, you simply blend together: chickpeas (duh), turmeric (double duh), vegan mayo (my favorite is Just Mayo by Hampton Creek) OR the liquid from the chickpea can, onion powder, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper. Slather it onto your favorite bread, top it with your favorite veggies, and you are good to go!

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

If you find the mixture is too dry, you can add more mayo to preference. If you’d prefer to make this recipe without oil, you can make a cashew-based mayo – though I have yet to try it this way!

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Turmeric Chickpea Salad

Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
Try this easy vegan turmeric chickpea salad for lunch!
4.84 from 61 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 1/3 cup aquafaba or vegan mayo*
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste


  • Pulse all ingredients in a blender until well-incorporated and broken down, but not totally mushy. You still want some texture in there!



*aquafaba is the liquid from the chickpea can
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  1. 5 stars
    This is delicious!!! I used it with homemade vegan Mayo (made with cashews) and it was amazing! Thank you! I love that this recipe takes like ten seconds to make! Thanks so much!

  2. 5 stars
    So delish! And so easy to make. Lunch just went from being my least favorite meal of the day to most favorite because I have this baby sitting in my fridge

  3. I’ve tried a version of an ‘egg’ salad sandwich before using whole chickpeas but blending them down like this makes it even better!

  4. 5 stars
    5 star! I’m actually just a vegetarian, so I used lite mayo. I also only use 1/4 cup of mayo and think it does the trick. Also, Incase anyone is wondering, this is only 2 weight watcher points if anyone – like me – is watching their weight.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this! Absolutely loved it. Family just went vegan and I was struggling to find a nice sandwich my husband could take for work lunches. This is perfect! Extremely easy to make. Its perfect!

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I put this on fuji apple slices dipped in lemon juice and served them as an appetizer for a party. They were a big hit. The salad is so good, it really doesn’t need bread or anything else. Sometimes I just eat it by itself. YUM!

  7. This looks really delicious but I have one question. I noticed you said in the instructions that you could substitute the chickpea preserving liquid in place of the vegan mayo. I don’t have any vegan mayo on hand and I’m afraid to lose the creaminess factor by adding the preserving liquid. I do have some tahini (the ground, liquidy paste- kinda like separated peanut butter?). Have you tried substituting tahini? Do you think that would be fine or would the flavor be really weird?

  8. 5 stars
    I came across this recipe looking to do something with chickpeas. Yours was the easiest and really simple. After blending all the ingredients I added, celery, parsley, and green onion. I figured if it looks like chicken salad why not make it like I used to make my chicken salad. It was very yummmmy. Will be checking out more of your recipes. Trying to eat better.

  9. 5 stars
    I just tried this a week ago and added a little dry mustard. It was really good! At the end of the week it was gone. Very good.

  10. 5 stars
    This was amazing! Added some cayenne for a little kick and had it with lettuce and red bell pepper slices on bread. Couldn’t wait to eat the same thing the next day. Can’t wait to try your other recipes!

  11. 5 stars
    Finally got around to making this after its been sitting on a pinterest board for months. Love it with some fresh chopped cilantro, sliced cucumbers, and a slice of tomato on dark rye. Thank you!!

  12. 5 stars
    Hi there, how long will this keep in the fridge? I was hoping to make it once on a Sunday and have it last the week 🙂 Thanks!

  13. 5 stars
    I was afraid to put a thick layer on at first, but after my first little sandwich, I went back and had seconds!! This is sooo good, also my first time using vegan mayo. I enjoyed it with arugula on pumpernickel bread, can’t wait to try with pickles!

    1. 5 stars
      Aha i started off with a thin layer too, but after a few bites went back and added a bunch more to the sandwich! It was DELECIOUS and soo easy to make.

  14. 5 stars
    Try with a clove of garlic and a bunch of coriander. That is how I prepare my tradicional maionaise and always with olive oil.

  15. Oh, this looks really good! Do you think you could make it ahead of time? We are going pop up camping next weekend and I was thinking of making this before we left.

  16. i have to come back to you and report that I am now seriously addicted to this amazing sandwich filling. As I write this, I have beside me this most delicious vegan sandwich, with the chickpea spread and discs of organic bread and butter pickles and sweet grape tomatoes. I am in heaven, and to tell you the truth, I can’t imagine a better sandwich. I quickly figured out that doubling the recipe works best for my family. Thank you once again.

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