This easy vegan chickpea salad with garlic vinaigrette dressing is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free – yet bursting with flavor. It is a fresh, crisp, and satisfying protein-packed meal perfect for picnics, pot lucks, or meal prep! Whip it up in minutes with just a few simple ingredients!
You will love this vegan chickpea salad because it’s…
- easy to make in just a few minutes!
- perfect for meal prepping lunches.
- a crowd-pleaser at every picnic or potluck.
- vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and allergy-friendly so everyone can enjoy it!
What do I need to make a chickpea salad?
- Chickpeas – these can be from a can or made fresh. You will need 1 full can or about 1 1/4 cups of cooked drained and rinsed chickpeas.
- Cucumbers – you can use any type that you like, but I usually use the seedless English cucumbers.
- Cherry Tomatoes – or grape tomatoes work the best, but you could also dice up a whole fresh tomato. Try to make sure it’s a vine-ripened tomato for the best flavor.
- Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing – you can easily make your own if you want (I give you a recipe in the recipe card). If you don’t want that extra step, you can buy any fairly sweet vinaigrette. I like the garlic vinaigrette dressing from Aldi since it’s inexpensive and easy. (If you don’t like garlic, the house vinaigrette by the same brand is very similar).
For the homemade dressing:
- White Vinegar – for acidity.
- Sugar -for sweetness to cut the acidity. You can also use maple syrup or any sweetener that you want.
- Oregano – for flavor
- Salt -for flavor.
- Pepper -for flavor. Fresh ground works best.
- Garlic Cloves – for flavor.
- Oil – any neutral-flavored oil will work.
How do I make this easy vegan chickpea salad?
- Dice a large cucumber and toss it into a salad bowl.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and throw them in the bowl with the cucumber.
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the salad bowl.
- Pour the garlic vinaigrette dressing over the chickpeas, cucumbers, and tomatoes and toss well.
- Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. (It will have more flavor if you let it sit for a few hours).
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes! I actually think that it tastes better after it has been sitting for a day or 2 in the fridge. The cucumber turns to a pickle flavor after it marinates in the garlic vinaigrette for a while, so if you like the taste of fresh refrigerator pickles, you will love this salad.
Chickpea salads work great for pot lucks and meal prep!
This vegan chickpea salad is also a great quick and easy pot luck dish. I can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes for a last-minute side dish or made a day or two ahead of time. You could add or subtract any veggies that you like, however, cucumber has a nice flavor in this salad, and it just doesn’t taste right to me without it.
It’s gluten-free, soy-free and there are no strange vegan ingredients in this, so it’s great for people variety of dietary needs.
Will this chickpea salad work well for lunches?
Yes! I love having this made up in the fridge for a healthy snack or easy lunches. I make up a double batch of this salad every week to have on hand for healthy snacks, and I put some of it in sealed containers for grab and go lunches for my husband too.
Looking for some more vegan recipes that are great for summer?
- Try this vegan Citrus Salad with chickpeas and veggie confetti!
- This Vegan Potato Salad is always a crowd pleaser!
- You will also love this Vegan Bean Salad – Southwest Style recipe using beans, bell peppers, and a whole grain for a delicious colorful salad!
- Give these Refrigerator Pickles a try! Especially great if you have some extra cucumbers you’re looking to use up!
Don’t forget to save all of that liquid that you drain off of the chickpeas!
That liquid is called aquafaba, and it can make some amazing desserts! Just look at what you can make!
- Aquafaba whipped cream
- Vegan chocolate mousse made with aquafaba
- Aquafaba Ice Cream
- Vegan S’mores Pie
- Homemade Vegan Peeps
An easy chickpea salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, and garlic vinaigrette dressing. Make ahead and keep ready to eat in the fridge!
- 3 cups chickpeas (two 15.5 oz cans drained and rinsed)
- 2 cups cucumbers (diced)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
- ½ cup garlic vinaigrette dressing
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano or Italian seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed slightly
- 1/3 cup oil light olive oil or canola work well
Drain and rinse chickpeas (keep aquafaba for other recipes).
Cut the cucumber into small cubes and cut cherry tomatoes in half.
Put chickpeas, cucumber, and tomatoes into a mixing bowl, drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with salt, and mix.
Refrigerate until ready to eat. Keeps well for up to 3 days.
Add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic cloves to a saucepan and heat until it boils for 1 minute and all of the sugar is dissolved.
Add the oil and give it a good stir. (The oil and sugar will stay separated.)
Allow it to cool before putting it over your salad. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- This salad is perfect for potlucks, picnics, healthy meal prep, and lunches.
- It tastes better after it has had a least a few hours to marinate in the fridge.
*This recipe was originally published on March 11, 2017. It was updated on May 22, 2020, to include new images and more detailed recipe instructions.