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Vegetarian Chicken Salad

This Vegetarian Chicken Salad is so quick and easy to make! It is the perfect plant-based no cook recipe!


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I have been trying to prepare and eat more plant-based meals. In fact, I always have a vegetarian lunch usually in the form of a green salad. However, today I was really craving something with a little more substance. I rummaged through the pantry and found a can of chickpeas and I was trying to decide what to do with them. Then, it hit me…I love the texture of them when I mash them for hummus. I wonder what they would taste like with some mayo and spices? So, within about 10 minutes, I whipped up this vegetarian chicken salad and put it on top of an English muffin. It was the perfect quick and easy lunch!

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Vegetarian Chicken salad on a plate with a side salad and lemonade

Vegetarian Chicken Salad

Here is what you will need to make these vegetarian delights:

  • English Muffins
  • Chickpeas
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika

Ingredients for vegetarian chicken salad

First, drain the chickpeas in a strainer. Then, put them in a medium bowl and add mayonnaise.

chickpeas in bowl with mayonnaise

Next, add all the spices.

chickpeas in bowl with mayonnaise and spices

Combine everything together and mash with a fork or a potato masher.

mashed chickpeas in a bowl

Spread about 2 tablespoons of the mixture on each muffin half and enjoy!

vegetarian chicken salad on a plate with a side salad

Mock Chicken Salad on English Muffins

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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mock Chicken Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 381kcal



  • In a bowl, add drained chickpeas, mayo, and spices.
  • Combine everything together and mash with a fork.
  • Split English Muffins and toast until brown and crispy.
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of mixture on each muffin half.
  • Serve immediately.


To lighten the recipe, use light mayo or a combo of ½ mayo ½ plain yogurt.
Vegan? Use a vegan mayo and vegan-friendly English muffins
You can make mixture ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use. (I suggest no more than 2-3 days in the refrigerator.)
Want it more smooth or more chunky? Mash the chickpeas more or less depending on the texture you like.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 844mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 3mg

vegetarian chicken salad

And there you have it…Vegetarian Chicken Salad! My quick and easy solution for a plant-based lunch today. I served it up with a salad and homemade lemonade and it powered me through the afternoon.

What else can I add to Vegetarian Chicken Salad?

So, I was in a bit of a rush when I put this together. I was so excited at how good it was that I had to share it right away too. However, next time I will try adding a few other ingredients like:

  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Cherry Tomaotes
  • Capers
  • Bell Pepper

There are so many variations of this simple vegetarian chicken salad that could me made. I’m even thinking things like dried cherrie, grapes and nuts would make a fun twist!

vegetarian chicken salad on a plate with a side salad and fork

So Tell Me…

What is your “go to” lunch? Have you ever made a vegetarian chicken salad? Is there a favorite item would you add? Would you serve it on an English muffin or eat it by itself?

Looking for some vegetarian dessert ideas?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great day!



5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Alex Smart

Thursday 26th of September 2019

Hi great recipe, i'll definatley try it. I requested to join your fitness group board.


Thursday 26th of September 2019

I've never done this with chickpeas before! It sounds so good and the perfect lunch idea. Can't wait to try it.


Thursday 26th of September 2019

What a new plant-based option. Chickpeas are the best!

Abbey Sharp

Thursday 26th of September 2019

Mm this looks so delicious! What a fun mock chicken salad. Perfect for a meatless meal!

Deborah Brooks

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

I love to use chick peas in sandwiches. They are so versatile aren't they? This looks yummy