Vegan BBQ Chickpea Salad
This vegan BBQ chickpea salad is easy to make in under 20 minutes and packed with flavor and nutrition.
What You’ll Need
To make this simple vegan meal, you’ll need:
- BBQ Sauce. I used a store-bought vegan BBQ sauce to make this recipe but if you prefer homemade, you can try my vegan BBQ sauce recipe.
- Chickpeas. I used canned chickpeas for this recipe but chickpeas cooked from scratch work too. You’ll need about 1/2 cup per bowl but you can use more or less depending on your nutritional needs.
- Corn. You can use canned, fresh or frozen corn for this recipe and will need about 1/2 cup per bowl.
- Other veggies. I used diced red onion, grated carrot, chopped green onion and a base of lettuce. You could also use spinach or kale for the greens. If you’re missing anything, that’s ok, just use what you have, it won’t make or break the recipe. For extra veggies try chopped tomato and cucumber.
- Avocado. You’ll need 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado per bowl but feel free to use more or less to suit your needs.
- Cilantro. I used a big handful of fresh cilantro per salad but if you don’t like cilantro, just leave it off.
- Tahini Ranch Dressing. I found the salad to be a bit dry with just the BBQ chickpeas so I made a simple tahini ranch dressing from tahini, lemon, sea salt and dried herbs.
How to Make this Recipe
This salad is ideal for a quick and easy dinner. It takes less than 15 minutes to make, even faster if you’re a speedy veggie chopper. All you need to do to make it is:
- heat cooked chickpeas in a good non-stick pan with your favorite BBQ sauce
- chop up all the veggies and add them to a bowl
- whisk up the dressing until smooth and creamy, if you’re using
- top the veggies with the hot BBQ chickpeas and tahini dressing and enjoy!
Tips for Success
- if you’re meal prepping this recipe, store the chickpeas and veggies separately until before serving…I’d also suggest leaving the avocado off until you’re ready to eat
- the chickpeas and tahini dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days
I like making these BBQ chickpeas for adding to add kinds of buddha bowls, breakfast bowls and more so if you have any leftovers, feel free to store them in the fridge and trying them in other dishes.
This recipe is easily customizable and there’s really no need to be exact with the measurements. You can use more or less than any of the ingredients to suit your nutritional needs and taste preference.
Try any of the following substitutions to switch things up:
- buffalo chickpeas instead of BBQ
- buffalo cauliflower instead of chickpeas
- baked BBQ tofu instead of chickpeas
- use any combo of these salad ingredients: lettuce, tomato, red onion, green onion, carrot, corn, avocado, cilantro, cucumber
- add pineapple tidbits
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For the BBQ Chickpeas
- 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (3 cups, 495 g)
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce (120 mL)
For the Salad
- lettuce (2 big handfuls per salad)
- corn (approx. 1/4-1/2 cup per salad)
- grated carrot (approx. 1/2 a carrot per salad)
- diced red onion (a few tbsp per salad)
- chopped green onion (a few tbsp per salad)
- chopped fresh cilantro (approx. 1/2 cup very lightly packed per salad)
- avocado (approx. 1/4-1/2 a diced avocado per salad)
For the Tahini Ranch Dressing
- To make the BBQ chickpeas, add the chickpeas and BBQ sauce to a medium-sized pan and cook over medium heat until the BBQ sauce is starting to get sticky and gooey, about 8-10 minutes. Stir every 1-2 minutes as they cook.
- To make the tahini ranch dressing, whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a container until smooth and creamy.
- To assemble the salad, prepare 4 bowls or plates, or containers if you’re prepping for later. Add a big handful of lettuce to each then top with the rest of the salad ingredients. Top each salad with equal portions of the BBQ chickpeas and tahini ranch dressing. If prepping for later, store the tahini ranch sauce separately until just before eating.
Any leftover tahini ranch dressing can be stored up to 5 days in the fridge, just give it a good shake before using. The salad can be stored up to 2 days in the fridge if assembled. Any extra BBQ chickpeas can be stored up to 5 days and added to other dishes.
The bbq chickpeas make enough for 3/4 cup portions for 4 salads. Feel free to make more or less depending on your needs. I use 2 tbsp bbq sauce for every 1/2 cup of chickpeas. You can use a little more if you want them a bit saucier. The tahini sauce makes enough for 4-6 salads.
Keywords: bbq chickpea salad, avocado chickpea salad