Sonoma Chickpea ‘Chicken’ Salad

top down view of a bowl with freshly made chickpea sonoma salad with a gold serving spoon.

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This quick and easy, vegan chickpea ‘chicken’ salad can be partially mashed for a sandwich/wrap filler or un-mashed and served alongside fresh leafy greens. Either way it’s healthy and delicious!


  • 2 cans (14 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 3 cups cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups of seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 heaping cup celery ribs, diced
  • 1/22/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons tahini (1/4 cup) or vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons dijon
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • dash or two of garlic & onion powder
  • pinch of salt & pepper

to serve, optional

  • salad greens of choice
  • slices of your favorite bread
  • chopped chives, to garnish (not shown)


Dressing: Place ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of water as needed to thin. Set aside.

Un-mashed Salad: Add chickpeas, grapes, pecans, and celery to a medium-sized mixing/serving bowl. Top with dressing and mix to coat. Season with mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Mashed Salad (perfect for sandwiches): Add chickpeas to a medium-sized mixing bowl, roughly mash 2/3 – 3/4 of the chickpeas using the back of a fork or spoon. Add in the grapes, pecans, and celery, top with dressing and mix to combine. Season with mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Make sandwiches, wraps, or simply serve with leafy greens.

Serves 4 – 6

Store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Add more grapes for extra juiciness.

If you prefer a very creamy salad, make a little extra dressing.

Because of their rich flavor profile I highly recommend using the pecans here, but if you don’t care for them walnuts will be just fine.

Feel free to cut this recipe in half, but I think you’ll be more than happy to have some leftovers!