Home > Dinner > Buffalo Chickpea Salad Buffalo Chickpea Salad August 18, 2022 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. 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 Salad, Chickpea Salad Sandwich, or Pesto Chickpea Sandwiches. 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! Buffalo Chickpea Salad Ingredients Chickpeas: also called garbanzo beans — they’re one and the same! 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. Celery: To save time, pick already-washed celery stalks. Green onions: A shallot can be used instead here. Mayo: Use good, creamy, full-fat mayonnaise. We recommend Hellman’s/Best Foods®. 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! 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! 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. 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. More Chickpea Recipes Air Fryer Chickpeas with our favorite seasoning blend Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup with kale and chickpeas Sausage and Chickpeas made on one sheet pan Vegetarian Gyros with our favorite homemade Tzatziki Sauce Chickpea Soup with loads of veggies FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Buffalo Chickpea Salad 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe 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. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Buffalo Chickpea Salad 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe 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, lettuceUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsPREP: 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! Video Recipe NotesNote 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 FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5.9g | Fat: 2.4g | Sodium: 537mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 1.8g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.