Chicken-Less Chickpea Salad :: Pre-Vegan Days, I loved the taste of Chicken Salad but was disgusted when a tiny bone would somehow end up in my mouth. I would say the word would be something worse than disgusted, to be honest.\n\n\n\nThankfully, there is this whole chicken less world out here where I can still have that taste without the bone. But, how do we do that?\n\n\n\nWe replace chicken with chickpeas!\n\n\n\nThis Chicken-Less Salad is animal-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten free; and bonus, the ingredients and instructions are incredibly easy:\n\n\n\nIn a small bowl, mix the vegan mayo (I like Veganaise), yellow mustard, dill, garlic, salt & pepper. In a larger bowl, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher, pastry cutter or a fork - OR - pulse in a food processor to break them up. I personally use a potato masher. You may have to put a little back in to it if you choose to break them up with a fork since chickpeas are a firmer bean.Add the dressing, celery and onion to the chickpeas then mix well.\n\n\n\nShout to my sister, Ashley, for this kick ass engraved bamboo cutting board!\n\n\n\nEat your Chicken-Less Chickpea Salad right away OR wait so it can taste its BEST. \n\n\n\nPrepare the salad at least 3 hours in advance then refrigerate to let the flavors marry. I actually like to make it the night before the day I plan to eat it. \n\n\n\nYou can put it between two pieces of bread with lettuce & tomato, on a cracker, scooped up by carrots & celery or on top of your favorite salad. I personally have a hard time not eating it with a spoon directly out of the bowl, to be honest. \n\n\n\nVariations\n\n\n\nSwitch out the green onion with a more traditional red onionAdd in chopped grapes Add in chopped applesSwitch out the yellow mustard with dijon mustardAdd in finely chopped carrotAdd in cranberries and walnuts\n\n\n\n\n\nChicken-Less Chickpea Salad Sandwich with romaine, shaved carrot & sliced apples\n\n\n\nIf you like quick & easy recipes, you might also like my Asian Crunch Salad. It's light, filling, full of color and micronutrients!