Buffalo Chickpea Salad

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This Buffalo Chickpea Salad is robustly flavored, packed with good-for-you ingredients, and ready in a flash! We combine chickpeas, veggies, and creamy buffalo sauce to create a hearty and delicious sandwich filling.

Try some of our other favorite sandwich recipes made with chickpeas including Vegetarian Tuna SaladChickpea Salad Sandwich, or Pesto Chickpea Sandwiches.

Image of the Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich on a plate

This Buffalo Chickpea Salad is a part of our Back-To-School Lifesavers — a series of recipes that are intended to have little (or no) veggie chopping, minimal prep time, around 10 ingredients or less (not including pantry staples), and use kid-friendly ingredients. Click here to see all the recipes in the series!

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This is the best Buffalo Chickpea Salad — not only flavor-wise but also in how easy it is to make! And while it’s meatless, it makes for a very filling meal. Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber–this will help you feel fuller for longer.

Paired with some healthy fats (avocado) and complex carbs (wheat bread) and you’ll be amazed how filling this vegetarian sandwich is!

Overhead image of the chickpeas being drained and washed

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Ingredients

  1. Chickpeas: also called garbanzo beans — they’re one and the same!
  2. Matchstick carrots: To save chopping time, we use shredded carrots from the grocery store’s produce section. They’re usually right by baby and/or full-sized ones.
  3. Celery: To save time, pick already-washed celery stalks.
  4. Green onions: A shallot can be used instead here.
  5. Mayo: Use good, creamy, full-fat mayonnaise. We recommend Hellman’s/Best Foods®.
  6. Buffalo sauce: Instead of making our own sauce, we rely on a store-bought sauce for the primary flavor of this Buffalo Chickpea Salad — Frank’s® RedHot Wings Buffalo sauce is our favorite! Frank’s makes quite a few sauces; be sure to use the one labeled “buffalo,” not the cayenne pepper sauce!
  7. Seasonings: some garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper go a long way in adding loads of flavor!

VARIATIONS

To make Buffalo Chickpea Salad vegan, use a vegan mayo!

Process shots Buffalo Chickpea Salad-- images of the veggies being chopped in the food processor and then the chickpeas being added and chopped

Buffalo Chickpea Salad Tips

  • Thoroughly rinse and drain the chickpeas. Wet or watery chickpeas will dilute the mixture and make it less flavorful. I love using a salad spinner to completely dry the chickpeas before adding them to the food processor completely.
  • Don’t over-pulse the chickpeas. We still want some coarse texture and for the chickpeas to be pretty chunky.
  • Add seasoning. Additional salt and pepper make the flavors sing. Canned chickpeas contain different amounts of salt, so you may want less or more than what is indicated on the recipe card.

Quickest Possible Prep

To keep this Buffalo Chickpea Salad Recipe as simple as possible, we throw everything in the food processor to do the work for us instead of finely chopping a bunch of veggies. (I recommend giving them a quick coarse chop to measure before throwing them in.)

  • Pulsing the veggies and chickpeas in a food processor takes mere seconds! If you don’t have a food processor, the veggies will need to be finely chopped and then a potato masher or even a fork can break and crush the chickpeas.

Process shots-- images of the remaining ingredients being added to the food processor, and it all being mixed together

Serving Suggestions

  • We like this buffalo chickpea salad sandwich filling best on hearty toasted wholegrain bread. We love adding fresh, ripe avocado, and lettuce; and sometimes I’ll throw on purple cabbage.
  • Make a Buffalo Chickpea Salad Wrap by adding some lettuce, ripe avocado, and this sandwich filling into a tortilla. For a low-carb meal, replace the tortilla wrap with a lettuce wrap
  • Layer the chickpea filling on small toasted whole grain rolls for a fun appetizer or side dish.

Image of the Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich ready to be enjoyed

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Buffalo Chickpea Salad

5 from 1 vote
This Buffalo Chickpea Salad is robustly flavored, packed with good-for-you ingredients, and ready in a flash! We combine chickpeas, veggies, and creamy buffalo sauce to create a hearty and delicious sandwich filling.
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Buffalo Chickpea Salad

5 from 1 vote
This Buffalo Chickpea Salad is robustly flavored, packed with good-for-you ingredients, and ready in a flash! We combine chickpeas, veggies, and creamy buffalo sauce to create a hearty and delicious sandwich filling.
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegetarian
Keyword buffalo chickpea salad, chickpea buffalo salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 111kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $7.13

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
  • 1/3 cup each: shredded carrots, chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 3 tablespoons Buffalo hot sauce (Note 1)
  • 1/4 up to 1/3 cup mayonnaise (more for creamier -- Note 2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder
  • Fine sea salt & pepper
  • For serving: toasted sandwich bread or rolls, ripe avocado, lettuce

Instructions

  • PREP: Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas. Thoroughly dry; I do this by adding them to a salad spinner -- quick and easy! Give celery a quick chop (just into 1 or 2-inch pieces). Give green onions a quick chop (just into 1-inch pieces) for measuring.
  • PULSE: Add shredded carrots, celery, and green onions to a food processor. Pulse to break down into small pieces. Add drained chickpeas and pulse again to break down, scraping the sides of the food processor as needed. Add remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper (we add 1/8 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper). Pulse again to combine until you've got a chunky, integrated mixture.
  • ASSEMBLE: Toast the bread/sandwich rolls. Layer your sandwich faves -- we like lettuce and a ripe avocado sprinkled with some salt and pepper. Divide buffalo chickpea mixture between 4 sandwiches. Add the top piece of bread/sandwich roll. Enjoy immediately!

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Buffalo sauce: Frank’s® RedHot Wings Buffalo sauce is our favorite for this recipe! Frank’s makes quite a few sauces; be sure to use the one labeled “buffalo” not the cayenne pepper sauce!
Note 2: Mayo: Use good, creamy, full-fat mayonnaise. We recommend Hellman’s/Best Foods®. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you'd like a creamier sandwich filling.
Nutrition information only reflects the Buffalo Chickpea Filling as bread and additional toppings will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5.9g | Fat: 2.4g | Sodium: 537mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 1.8g

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