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Vegan Curried Chickpea Salad
5 from 4 votes

Vegan Curried Chickpea Salad

This Vegan Curried Chickpea Salad is so easy to make. Curry powder, apple, red onion, cilantro, and toasted cashews add flavor and texture.
Prep Time30 mins
Servings: 5 sandwiches
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For the curried chickpea salad:

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • ½ cup Vegenaise, substitute with mayonnaise if desired; the salad will then be vegetarian, not vegan
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 3 Tbsp apple, small dice
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • cup cashew pieces, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

For Serving:

  • Crisp green lettuce
  • French rolls, sandwich bread, or hoagies
  • Pita chips or crackers


Toast the cashew pieces

  • Start by toasting the cashew pieces. Simply add the cashew pieces to a skillet, and turn the heat to medium. Toast over medium heat for about five minutes, flipping the cashews occasionally. The cashews are done when slightly browned.
  • Set the cashews aside to cool.

Mash the chickpeas

  • Drain the chickpeas, and add them to a large mixing bowl. With a potato masher or your hands and a fork, mash the chickpeas. Mash until there are no whole chickpeas. There will still be lots of texture, and that’s good. We don’t want the chickpeas to be smooth like hummus.

Add the Vegenaise and spices

  • Now add the Vegenaise to the mixing bowl. Mix the Vegenaise into the chickpeas until fully incorporated.
  • Next add the salt, garlic powder, onion salt, curry powder, and pepper. Mix until fully incorporated.

Add everything else

  • Add the apple, onion, cilantro, and cashews to the curried chickpea salad. Mix it all in, then add the brown sugar and 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice. Taste, and add the additional 2 tsp lime juice (or more) if desired.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Serve the vegan curried chickpea salad over lettuce, crackers, or on sandwiches.
  • We love this curried chickpea salad on Trader Joe’s small French rolls with crisp green lettuce.
  • Note: putting the chickpea salad in the refrigerator for 45 minutes before serving with make it thicker. If you prefer a thicker and colder chickpea salad, be sure to give it time to chill before serving.


This salad is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
Put the salad in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes before serving if you prefer to serve it cold. It will also be thicker.