This vegan curried chickpea salad is packed with flavour and easy to make in 10-minutes for a healthy and delicious main dish or side salad.

Curried chickpea salad with celery, walnuts and raisins on a plate.


  • quick and easy: you’ll need just 10 minutes and a handful of simple, ingredients
  • nutrition features: 13 grams of plant-based protein per serving
  • dietary features: vegan, oil-free, gluten-free
  • works as a light main dish or healthy side salad
  • you’ll love the spiced curry flavour combined with the sweet raisins, crunchy walnuts and creaminess from the yogurt dressing…it’s addictive!

Ingredient Notes

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  • chickpeas – you’ll need about 5 cups worth but it doesn’t have to be exact, I used canned for a quick and easy recipe but if you have chickpeas you cooked from scratch that works too
  • raisins – any variety works but use golden if you can find them, you can use finely chopped dates as a substitute
  • walnutswalnuts are perfect here but in a pinch you can use chopped pecans or cashews
  • coconut yogurt – use any unsweetened vegan yogurt, just make sure you like the flavour as it will contribute to the flavour of the overall dish…I like Yoso Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt best (if not plant-based or vegan, use any plain, thick yogurt)

Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located in the recipe card below.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Chop up the veggies, nuts and cilantro and add to a large salad or mixing bowl with the raisins and chickpeas.

Walnuts, raisins, celery and green onion in a large salad bowl.

Step 2. Mix the yogurt with the spices until well combined.

Yogurt mixed together with spices in a small bowl.

Step 3. Add the yogurt mixture to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.


  • To make this recipe nut-free, use sunflower seeds instead of nuts.
  • Try fresh sliced red or green grapes as an alternative to raisins for a crunchy twist!
  • If you don’t like cilantro, it’s ok to leave it out.
  • Finely chopped red bell peppers or grated carrot make good additions if you want to add some extra veggies.

Serving Ideas

  • Serve as is as for a light and refreshing main dish or pair with my chickpea burger, quinoa beet burger or other main dish for a healthy side. It’s great for a snack too!
  • Enjoy as is or try mashing it up to make it like chicken salad, which is great on a sandwich or wrapped in lettuce or a whole-wheat wrap.
  • Serve on a bed of leafy greens for added nutrition.
  • Mash and serve as a dip with chopped bell peppers, crackers or tortilla chips.
Close up of a curried chickpea salad with celery, walnuts and raisins on a plate.

Storing & Meal Prep

  • Fridge: Stores well in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
  • This recipe is not suitable for freezing.
  • If taking to-go, it’s ok for a few hours if kept cool.
  • Meal Prep: This recipe works well for meal prep. Enjoy on it’s own or use one of the serving suggestions below.

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Curried chickpea salad with celery, walnuts and raisins on a plate.

Curried Chickpea Salad

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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This 10-minute curried chickpea salad makes the perfect light main dish or healthy side. Enjoy as is or mash it up for the perfect sandwich or wrap filling.


  • 2 19 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (approx. 5 cups) 
  • 2 stalks celery, washed and diced (approx. 2/3 cup, 130 g) 
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins (130 g )
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (95 g)   
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped  (1/3 cup , 20 g) 
  • 3 green onion, finely chopped (1/3 cup, 30 g)
  • 1.5 tsp tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 1.5 tsp cumin 
  • 2 tsp curry powder 
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • 3/4 cup vegan coconut yogurt – unsweetened (180 g)


  1. Take rinsed chickpeas, diced celery, raisins, walnuts, green onions and chopped cilantro and thoroughly mix in a medium sized bowl.  
  2. Add all spices and seasoning into the bowl, with a wooden spoon stir until well coated, add coconut yogurt and mix until chickpeas are fully coated. 
  3. Option to let stand to marinate for 10 minutes so the flavours can develop.
  4. Enjoy as is, with a bowl of mixed greens or in your favourite wrap. It can also be mashed up a bit to resembled chicken salad, which is great on sandwiches and in wraps.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1/8th of recipe
  • Calories: 324
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47 g
  • Protein: 13 g