Vegan Chicken Salad Recipe

This vegan chicken salad recipe offers all the textures and flavors you love, without any animal products. This plant-based version combines tender, protein-rich chickpea "chicken" with an array of crisp vegetables, tossed in a creamy, dairy-free dressing that's bursting with flavor.
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Vegan chicken salad served in a sandwich with lettuce.
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There are some recipes that make you never want to order takeout for lunch again. Recipes that check off the boxes of exciting, easy, and efficient. Well friends, we are pleased to announce that this recipe for Vegan Chicken Salad checks off all those boxes and more!

This “No Chicken Salad” recipe from The Friendly Vegan Cookbook makes an excellent portable meal that can be pulled together in just a few minutes. It is delicious stuffed in pita pockets, atop a salad, and straight from a spoon.

Whether you want to eat it as is or dress it up like it’s Fashion Week, you’ll never have a boring lunch again with this delicious salad!

Why You Should Make This Vegan Chicken Salad

Sometimes you’ve just had one too many veggie burgers and you need something that’s just as filling and enjoyable to satisfy your hunger. There are several reasons why you should make this awesome salad, including but not limited to just how easy it is to throw together!

  • Easy Peasy – This vegan chicken salad recipe takes very little effort to throw together. All you have to do is mash the chickpeas, chop the other ingredients, and toss them together! Since this recipe is so simple to make, it’s also great to introduce to kids or teens who may be interested in making their own meals.
  • Totally Tasty – One of the best things about this salad is the dynamic range of flavors and textures. The cool crunch of celery meeting the soft chickpea coated in vegan mayonnaise is quite a party for the mouth!
  • Full of Fun – While this chickpea salad is perfect for a simple lunch, it’s also great for serving at parties or bringing to potlucks. You get to wow the crowd with a well-rounded dish while not having to put in all the work of baking a whole casserole (though, if you really want to be a rock star, you could make both)!
A hand reaching for a vegan chicken salad sandwich.

Star Ingredients

This vegan chicken salad features only a handful of ingredients but those ingredients are full of flavor and nutrients, all combining their forces to create one satisfying recipe.

Chickpeas – Chickpeas are the true star of this medley. If you’re looking for a more meaty texture, vegan chicken or soy curls are a great substitute. If you don’t like meat alternatives, you can also try jackfruit or even tofu cubes instead.

Vegan Mayo – Choose a high-quality vegan mayonnaise to create a creamy texture and rich flavor in the salad. Many brands offer dairy-free options made from ingredients like soy or aquafaba, so you can find the one that suits your taste preferences.

Yellow Mustard – Yellow mustard adds a tangy and slightly spicy flavor to the dressing.

Red Onion – Red onion provides a mild, sweet onion flavor and a pop of color. You can adjust the amount to your taste, but finely chopped red onion is a classic choice.

Celery – Crunchy, salty, and absolutely delicious when cooked into a soup or enjoyed with some peanut butter, celery is a vitamin-packed vegetable that is essential in any vegan chicken or tuna salad.

Dill Pickle – Dill pickles add a zesty, sour, and slightly sweet element to the salad. Dice them finely to evenly distribute their flavor throughout the dish.

Serving Suggestions

One of the best things about this vegan chicken salad is that you can enjoy it in so many different ways! Whether stuffed in a pita pocket or enjoyed straight from a bowl, you’ll love how many different ways this salad can be enjoyed.

  • Sandwich It Up – Want to make the ultimate sandwich with this salad? Serve it atop some focaccia and bask in the heavenly combination of flavors and textures. Feel free to add some lettuce if you so please for an even more picturesque lunch.
  • More Salad, Please – If you’re a salad fanatic or if you’re hosting a get-together, adding some other salads to the mix is a great idea! For more crunch, go with a smashed cucumber salad. Craving some carbs? This picnic pasta salad is the answer to your prayers!
  • Add Some Sides – Serving this salad with a side of soup or potato wedges is a great way to warm up your plate and add some complimentary flavors to your meal. Yum!
Two vegan chicken salad sandwiches stacked on one another.

Simple Storage

End up with leftovers? This vegan chicken salad will last up to 5 days in the fridge and might even taste better the next day once the flavors really blend together. You could also technically freeze this recipe but it probably isn’t the best idea since the celery and onion will lose much of their crispness this way.

Vegan chicken salad served in a sandwich with lettuce.

More Delicious Lunch Recipes to Try

  • These vibrant and flavorful rainbow lavash wraps burst with the colors and tastes of a rainbow, featuring a variety of fresh vegetables and delectable vegan spreads.
  • Packed with nutrition and beauty, these rainbow collard wraps offer a colorful assortment of veggies all wrapped up in tender collard leaves.
  • Prefer a tuna salad? Try this delicious twist on a classic, this vegan chickpea tuna salad delivers the satisfying flavors and textures of traditional tuna salad without any fish.
  • Satisfy your cravings with these crispy and flavorful baked falafel pitas, packed with plant-based protein and drizzled with savory tahini sauce.
  • Experience the irresistible combination of crispy homemade eggplant bacon, fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and vegan mayo in this scrumptious BLT sandwich.

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Vegan Chicken Salad

Author: Michelle Cehn & Toni Okamoto | The Friendly Vegan Cookbook
5 from 7 votes
A delicious vegan chicken salad that can be tossed together in minutes using chickpeas and a few simple ingredients. Say "goodbye" to boring lunches!
Vegan chicken salad served in a sandwich with lettuce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon vegan mayo
  • ½ tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ cup red onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 1 medium dill pickle, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices bread

Toppings:

  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
  • Lettuce leaves

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher or large fork.
  • Add the vegan mayo, mustard, onion, celery, pickle, salt, and pepper, and mix together thoroughly.
  • Scoop some of the vegan chicken salad onto a slice of bread. Top with cherry tomatoes (if using) and lettuce and press together with another piece of bread to make a sandwich. Repeat for the remaining sandwiches.

Nutrition

Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 8mg
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan chicken salad, vegan chicken salad recipe, vegan lunch recipe ideas

This vegan chicken salad recipe is from The Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Michelle Cehn and Toni OkamotoPhotos by Michelle CehnThis recipe was published with permission from BenBella Books, 2020, all rights reserved.

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7 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Yes! this looks so good and I recently tried alpha foods chick’n soo good!

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    YUM! I need to try alpha foods!

  3. 5 stars
    So cool that there are so many vegan chicken brands and vegan mayo brands out there so this vegan chicken salad is now easy to make!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh, this sounds so good!! I miss this class salad and now I’m super excited that I can have it again as a vegan. Yay!

  5. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so simple but so good! The perfect weekday lunch 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Ahhh I LOVE this vegan chicken salad! So delicious and easy to make!

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