Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles

Many vegetarians confess to missing bacon the most, but when it comes to lunch, I’ve gotta say: I miss tuna sandwiches. They were so comforting, satisfying, and easy. Which is why these Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles fill that lunchtime void – something I was missing for so long.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles

Do you remember, as a kid, sneaking a few potato chips onto your sandwich? That salty crunch, the slightly rebellious maneuver. Well, today, not only am I declaring chickpea salad the perfect swap for tuna, I’m also proposing we remove the shameful cloak from the practice of potato-chip-sandwich-stuffing.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles

Loud and proud, my friends. Loud and proud. Put those potato chips in with purpose. THE RECIPE CALLED FOR IT! You won’t regret it.

So, chickpea salad. Basically, you take a can of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans, if you prefer), and smash them up with your typical tuna salad ingredients. I like mayo, mustard, onion, pickles, and a touch of salt and pepper. Maybe some celery or celery salt.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles

That gives you a tasty, creamy-but-with-bite sandwich filling that, I think, is the perfect sub for tuna salad.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles

Don’t forget the extra pickles, a few leaves of crunchy lettuce, and, of course the potato chips. Stuff ‘em proud!

Print Recipe

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles

Who needs tuna?! Chickpea salad is a tasty vegetarian substitute, especially when piled with extra pickles and, yep, crunchy potato chips too. Stack 'em high!

Yield: 2 generous sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles + more pickle slices for topping
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use olive oil based mayo; a light option or even Greek yogurt also works)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices of your favorite sandwich bread
  • 1 cup potato chips
  • Green leaf lettuce (optional)


  1. Add the chickpeas, 1/4 cup chopped pickles, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, celery salt if using, kosher salt, and black pepper to a small bowl. Using a fork or potato masher, smash the chickpeas while mixing and mashing the ingredients together. You're not looking for hummus-consistency; just a nice, spreadable, chunky salad will do.
  2. Divide filling between two slices of bread (you may have enough to make more sandwiches, depending on your preference and the size of your bread). Spread to within about 1/2 inch of the edge of the bread. Add lettuce if using, pickle slices, and potato chips. Top with remaining bread. Smush down a bit, cut in half, and serve.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a portion of the proceeds.


7 Responses to “Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Potato Chips & Pickles”

  1. Julie posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Never mind passing this over the fence as I am making it now!  I totally forgot about using garbanzos in this way… Love it!  Growing up a tuna chip sandwich and chocolate milk was a favorite. Today, I don’t do milk or tuna, but chips…….well, YES!

    • Karen Raye posted on June 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Yay, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed those adorable popsicle cupcakes! Such a cute idea. :)

  2. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl posted on June 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I love that you added chips to your sandwich!  I am totally going to do that the next time that I make a chickpea salad.

    • Karen Raye posted on June 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      I’m removing the cloak of chip-stuffing shame! ;)

  3. Julia posted on June 29, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been meaning to make a veggie replacement for egg salad or chicken salad, and this chickpea salad looks perrrrfecto. I’m OBSESSED with tater chips on my sandwiches (and on burgers…and in hot dogs), so this sando is seriously calling to me. YUM! Hope your weekend is going well, my dear!

  4. Jen posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Another perfect recipe, Kar!  Thank you!

  5. dinad posted on July 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

    what a great idea! i’ve been eating a lot more chick peas lately. this will definitely be in my lunch rotation!

Leave a Comment