Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich makes a perfect make-ahead lunch for work or school. Meal prep FTW!

Mashed Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

If I take my B12 with a shot of coffee does that supercharge it?


Well, not really… I could use some serious energy right about now! This mama is tired with a capital T-I-R-E-D!

Needless to say, these days I’m all about the caffeine. And chickpeas. Though not usually together! (Seriously if you see me touting some sort of chickpea coffee situation on the blog you have my permission to Baker Act me!) I am totally convinced leaning out my eats with chickpeas in place of meat is a guaranteed energy boost.

Today’s chickpea faceplant is in the form of the most legendary cranberry walnut chickpea salad sandwich!

The recipe makes enough mashed chickpea salad goodness to make 3-4 scrumptious sandwiches, and it keeps for a few days in the fridge, meaning you can make these epic sammies in a matter of minutes!

Helloooooo easy weekday lunches!

Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This crunchy cranberry chickpea salad is gloriously vegetarian with an easy peasy swap to make it vegan. Simply grab your favorite vegan mayo and you’re good to go!

It’s also dairy-free and gluten-free and packed to the brim with all things veggie. To keep things GF, choose a gluten-free bread or bun or serve the mashed chickpeas over a bed of greens with your favorite dressing!

Mashed Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
4.75 from 8 votes

Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich makes a perfect make-ahead lunch for work or school. Meal prep FTW!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 323 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 15 oz can chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/3-2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 stalks green onion
  • 1/3-1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3-1/2 cup store bought or homemade mayonnaise (vegan or regular) plus extra to taste
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill or fresh, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • sliced brioche bread or bread of choice
  • torn romaine lettuce
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • sandwich spread of your choice: mustard,  mayo, hummus, etc…


  1. Drain and rinse your chickpeas and add them too a food processor along with your chopped walnuts and celery. Pulse/blend until texture appears flaked, almost like tuna salad. I use both a potato masher and follow up with a fork to make sure every chickpea is deliciously smashed. No food processor? You can also mash the chickpeas by hand with a potato masher and a fork.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add dried cranberries, mayo, dijon mustard, yellow mustard, dill, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat.
  3. Feel free to adjust any ingredients to taste by adding extras of your favorites!
  4. Pile high on bread with all your sandwich fixings and sandwich spread of your choosing, or enjoy as a wrap, with crackers, on a salad, or simply dive into the bowl spoon-first – anything goes!

Recipe Notes

This makes a FABULOUS make-ahead dish for lunches during the week and is great on the go too. Pack a sandwich or salad for lunch/school or make it ahead to serve at a party or picnic. 

The salad will be great for approx. 4 days in the refrigerator so make it for now, or for later!

optional extra: Feel free to add some minced red onion in the salad if you’re a fan! You can replace some of the green onion with it or use it in place if preferred. If you’d rather serve it sliced on top of your sandwich, simply skip adding it to the chickpea mixture.

Nutrition Facts below estimated for the chickpea salad only using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice of bread and extras and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 619mg27%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Process Shots

If you get a chance to whip up your own cranberry walnut chickpea salad sandwich, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation!

Looking to mix things up? Check out all the different varieties of chickpea salad sandwiches you can make! The possibilities are endless. And delicious. So, so delicious.

hungry for more?

Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwiches Lunch Box


My handy dandy divided glass lunchbox is from IdealPrep and available in single packs and multi-packs on Amazon. I have the large and already use it so much that I want the 3-pk next! The lid seals great and is really sturdy, much better than other ones I’ve used in the past!

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Recipe Rating


  • Janice

    This was delicious! Thank you so much. My husband said it was even better than tuna salad.

  • Ashley

    5 stars
    This is so good! Love the flavors it in! You would never miss the chicken either!

  • Justine

    5 stars
    So looking for new healthy things to eat for lunch – came across this, and SO GLAD I DID. It was fresh, it was fruity, it was a hit!

    • So stoked it was a hit! Thanks Justine!

  • Melody

    3 stars
    I really liked this! It was a little dry so I added a tablespoon of flavored vinegar and a tablespoon of maple syrup as I see some other un-chicken salad had. It turned out great! Thank you.

  • Sarah

    5 stars
    This REALLY hits the “I want chicken salad” spot! It’s really flavorful, and has the same texture if you mash the chickpeas thoroughly. I added red onion since it’s a ‘must’ for me. Super easy and healthy, glad I found this one!

  • Staci

    5 stars
    Eating this as we speak!! The only difference is I added the mayo, mustards and spices into the food processor as well, which probably make it a little more puréed then it’s supposed to be but I don’t mind it at all, the green onions, and romaine lettuce I added gives it a good crunch! This is a new favorite easy peasy recipe! Please keeo they coming!!

    • Woot Woot! So glad it’s a hit Staci!

  • Maribeth kusse

    Thank you for the recipe! Am in love with chickpeas now! This is so good. Tried the garden veggie chickpea salad sandwich and am hooked.

  • Stephanie

    5 stars
    This is an AMAZING recipe. So tasty. So fast and so simple. LOVE IT!!!

    • Super stoked you enjoyed it Stephanie! Thank you!

  • Jacqueline DiNuoscio

    5 stars
    This looks like chicken salad perfection! I can’t wait to make it!

    • Minus the chicken! 😉 Love it so!

  • Samantha Dawn

    5 stars
    Such a great way to take lunch up a notch!! Love the crunch and the satisfying flavours!

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