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Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Soft chickpeas, zippy pickles, sweet grapes, chewy raisins, crunchy almonds, sharp green onions, crispy celery, all covered in cashew “mayo” and curry……mmm! I can’t get enough of this stuff right now.

This is a crowd-pleaser, for sure! It makes amazing sandwiches and is also is a great pita-pocket filler.  As a gluten-free option, serve in lettuce as lettuce wraps! I have made this recipe to be oil-free and use no pre-made mayo, but to make it easier and faster you could use your favorite mayo instead.

Although it involves a wide variety of ingredients and some chopping, it’s still a pretty quick meal and worth the hastle. Whether you enjoy this on a picnic, on a hike, in a school lunch, or at home…let me know how you like it!

5 from 4 votes
Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This makes a delicious sandwich on your favorite bread or in a pita pocket. It's also scrumptious as a lettuce wrap in romaine lettuce cups. 

Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken salad, chickpea salad, sandwich
Servings: 4 sandwiches
  • 1 can chickpeas (or 1.5 cups, cooked)
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 3 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup grape halves
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (pecans, walnuts or cashews would also be good)
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup pickles, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
Cashew Mayo (can sub with 1/3 cup of your favorite mayo)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces or raw sunflower seeds (soaked at least 10 minutes in hot water, if you don't have a high-speed blender)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. To make the cashew mayo, blend all ingredients in a blender or small food processor or bullet. Run until smooth. 

  2. In a large bowl, combine all other salad ingredients. Toss together with mayo, curry powder, and lemon juice. Add more salt, pepper, or curry powder to taste 

  3. Serve on whole wheat bread, pita bread, or in lettuce cups. 


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  1. I have made something similar to this before, but not with so many additives–nuts, green onions, raisins, curry(!). I made the cashew mayo. It was all delicious. I could just feel all those good nutrients percolating into my cells!

  2. I found a new favorite recipe- this is it! I always used to love chicken salad sandwiches, and I’m so happy to have found a good replacement for that meal! I didn’t miss the chicken one bit. I will definitely be making this again and again and again!

  3. This is really excellent! Although I love hummus, I am not a big fan of chickpeas. This has a great blend of flavors and is good as a sandwich or with greens. I’ll make this salad on a regular basis.
    Thanks so much!

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