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The great Mashed Chickpea Salad works well as a sandwich filler, lettuce wraps, served on a bed of leafy greens or scooped up with sliced colored bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, etc.


  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayo (1/4 – 1/3 cup or so hummus or tahini + 23 tablespoons water), see notes
  • 12 tablespoons dijon mustard (stoneground ok too)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon, optional (adds brightness)
  • small handful pepitas (pumpkin seeds), optional
  • paprika (regular or smoked paprika), to garnish

To Serve

  • Bread of choice or tortillas
  • Leafy lettuce
  • mashed avocado


Mash chickpeas: Place chickpeas in a medium size bowl and roughly mash about 3/4 of the garbanzo beans with the back of a sturdy fork, potato masher or pastry blender.

Assemble salad: Add the remaining ingredients and combine to mix. Add more vegan mayo or hummus if you like it creamier. Taste for seasoning.

Ways to serve:

  • Sandwich: Using bread, layer the bottom half with leafy greens and the top half with mashed avocado. Spread the chickpea salad on the bottom half and top with the top half. Slice in half and enjoy!
  • Wraps: Lay a tortilla on flat surface, add a few leafy greens in the center, top with chickpea salad and roll. Alternatively, stuff pita bread with salad and leafy greens.
  • Salad: serve on a bed of leafy greens.
  • Dip: Scoop up with crackers or sliced vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, celery sticks, etc.

Store: Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 – 6 days.


*If you find your hummus is a bit thick, thin it out with 2 – 3 tablespoons of water, you may find you need 1 more tablespoon. I always do this with my humus when using as a binder. This will make for a perfect consistency to use as a binder without being overly thick and/or drying as well.

Try using diced red onion for a little different color.

Add in diced red bell pepper for crunch and color.

Vary it up by adding olives, capers, sweet pickle relish, etc. Maybe not all together, but pick and choose.

You may like to try this Simple White Bean Hummus as a binder.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.