Vegan And Broke

Spicy Chickpea Salad

Cook Time: 15 min

Costs: £2 serves 1-2

Region: Global

Difficulty: 2/5

Spicy Chickpea Salad


Generally, during the summer months, I love to have food that is generally light and refreshing. Prior to going vegan, I used to have grilled chicken breast with some salad. I wanted to find a vegan alternative with a great source of protein. That’s where this Spicy Chickpea Salad comes in. The chickpea is toasted with some spices to replace the grilled chicken.


This recipe is as cheap as you want to make it. It really depends on how much you want to spend on your ingredients. You can buy the finest lettuce for this or you can buy simple iceberg lettuce. We used romaine lettuce for this recipe. When it comes to olives and sundried tomatoes, we used jarred versions. This will effectively reduce the cost as fresh olives are expensive!


Chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegans. It is very satiating without packing a lot of calories. It’s perfect for those of you who are trying to lose weight or trying to implement healthier meals within your diet. You can also really customise the ingredients you put within the salad to address any health concerns you may have. It’s a great way to address any deficiencies. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of healthy Omega 3 fats; a common concern amongst vegans.


The most difficult part of this recipe is cutting the salad and toasting the chickpeas. It just adds extra steps. If you are struggling for time, you can alternatively use chickpea straight from the can and this will drastically reduce your cooking time. It’s a recipe that anyone will be able to make regardless of their cooking abilities. 


This dish can vary from region to region. Chickpeas are a staple ingredient across the world and you can easily find them either canned or dried (tips to cook dried chickpeas coming soon). Salad is also regional and if you can’t find any of the ingredients mentioned in the list, you can always opt for different ones.




    • 5 Cherry Tomatoes halved
    • Shredded Lettuce (Any similar veg should work)
    • ½ a can of cooked chickpeas
    • ½ a red onion
    • 4~6 sliced olives
    • 2 diced sundried tomatoes
    • 1 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
    • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
    • 1 tsp Vegan Poultry Seasoning 
    • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika Powder
    • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
    • Salt to Taste
    • ½ tsp Cumin Powder
    • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
    • Juice from ½ a Lemon
    • Finely Chopped Parsley, Dill or Chives


  • Frying Pan
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Bowl or Ramekin
  • Wooden Spoon


  1. Preheat the pan on medium to low heat.
  2. Make sure the canned chickpeas are thoroughly drained. Any remaining liquid will increase the cooking time.
  3. You may add some cooking oil into the pan but to keep the salad healthy we decided to just add the chickpeas into the pan with no oil.
  4. Keep tossing the chickpeas with a wooden spoon. Continue to do this until the chickpea starts to go dry and crispy. The chickpeas should also brown a little. 
  5. Once the chickpeas are crispy, turn off the heat. Add the poultry seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and salt to the pan and cook off the spices in the residual heat. Make sure you keep tossing the chickpeas to prevent the spices from burning.
  6. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, dried tomato, and olives into a bowl. Use bottled sundried tomatoes and bottled olives to make the salad cheaper. 
  7. Into a ramekin add both the oil, lemon juice, and your chosen herb. Stir the vinaigrette to ensure it is thoroughly mixed.
  8. Pour half of it into the salad and give the vegetables a toss. Reserve half the liquid for serving.
  9. Add the chickpea and seeds to the bowl and serve alongside the dressing. 


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Spicy Chickpea Salad

Summer is coming and this is the perfect recipe for barbeques and keeping yourself healthy in the sunny months. We hope you get around to trying this recipe as it won’t let you down.

Type: Salad

Keywords: Spicy Chickpeas, Spicy Chickpea Salad, Crunchy Chickpeas

Recipe Yield: 1-2

Preparation Time: PT15M

Cooking Time: -

Total Time: PT15M

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