This delicious smashed chickpea salad sandwich is like a vegan chicken salad topped on the best soft gluten-free bun. This post is sponsored by Little Northern Bakehouse, but all opinions are my own. 


A smashed chickpea sandwich on a gluten free bun with a bite out of it sits on an earthenware plate.

I used to love chicken salad. It was a go-to to grab from our favorite grocery store deli with a loaf of bread. Since I no longer eat chicken, I wanted to make a vegan chicken salad loaded with herbs and celery. Like in my Chickpea Vegetable Soup, chickpeas are a wonderful alternative to chicken. They’re a similar color, a nice source of plant-based protein, and their mild flavor can take on just about any flavor. 

This chickpea salad sandwich is a simple and satisfying lunch. It’s made with soft gluten-free plant-based buns, lettuce, and our homemade vegan “chicken” chickpea salad.

How to Make Vegan “Chicken” Salad

A bowl of chickpeas sit on a marble countertop.

The base of this chickpea salad recipe a humble can of chickpeas. Drain and rinse. 

A hand peels a chickpea.

You’ll notice chickpeas have an outer skin. This salad tastes best with the skins removed, but it’s not mandatory if you’re in a rush. You can use your fingers to squeeze the skins off individually, or rub a bunch of them at a time gently between two towels, then pick out the skins. 

Chickpeas are smashed with a fork in a white bowl on a marble countertop.

Transfer all the peeled chickpeas to a medium sized bowl. Use a fork to roughly mash them up. 

How to make vegan chicken salad. Chickpeas in a bowl with celery, onion, mayo, and dill on a marble countertop.

Now we add the same ingredients I loved in my classic chicken salad. I used vegan mayonnaise to keep the flavors classic, but if you don’t like mayo, you can also use half a smashed avocado. It’s delicious both ways. Celery and onion add a nice fresh crunch. I love to add lots of dill or chopped parsley for extra flavor. 

A bowl of vegan chicken salad and a bag of gluten free vegan buns from Little Northern Bake house on a marble countertop to make chickpea sandwiches.

Once the vegan chicken salad mixture is creamy and combined, season it up with some salt and pepper. 

Assemble the Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

A white bowl filled with smashed chickpea "chicken" salad with fresh herbs.

My very favorite gluten-free bread and buns happen to be plant-based too! Little Northern Bakehouse Millet & Chia Buns are so soft and delicious it’s hard to believe they are gluten-free. I’ll be using these buns for my veggie burgers from now on. They are Non-GMO project verified and made with quality ingredients like millet and chia. Toast the buns for a little added texture and crunch just before filling with chickpea salad or anything else. 

I like to keep this chickpea salad sandwich simple and only add some lettuce. Sliced cucumber would be a nice addition too. I don’t find that the buns need any spread at all since the salad is creamy itself. 

A whole smashed chickpea salad sandwich on a gluten-free bun with lettuce and fresh herbs on a plate for a healthy vegan gluten free lunch sandwich.

Serving Your Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

  • Wrap them up in parchment for a picnic and keep cool in a cooler. 
  • Serve for dinner with a cup of homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Delicious smashed chickpea salad sandwich recipe. Vegan chicken salad with fresh herbs and lettuce inside a vegan gluten free bun. These are the best vegan sandwiches.

Yield: 4 Sandwiches

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

This chickpea salad sandwich is just like a (vegan) chicken salad sandwich, but better! It's plant-based and gluten-free.

Chickpea Salad Sandwich


  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley and/or dill, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 4 Little Northern Bakehouse Millet and Chia Buns


  1. Remove the outer skins on the chickpeas by squeezing with your fingers or rubbing between towels. This step is optional but yields the best texture. Place peeled chickpeas in a medium bowl.
  2. Mash the chickpeas with the back of a fork until chunky.
  3. Add the vegan mayo, mustard, celery, herbs, onion, salt, and pepper to the bowl of chickpeas. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  4. Toast the buns. To assemble the sandwiches, fill the buns with a piece of lettuce and the chickpea salad.
  5. Store any leftover chickpea salad in the refrigerator.


If you don't like mayo, you can sub smashed avocado.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 465mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 13gSugar: 9gProtein: 12g