Chickpea Dill Salad
Creamy and tangy with just the right amount of dill. This salad will be your go to for vegan lunches, appetizer sandwiches, or just a tasty make-a-head creamy salad. I love chickpeas and dill – so this Chickpea Dill Salad is in my meal prep rotation.
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I enjoy creamy salads – and pre-vegan I loved taking leftover chicken and making a salad with mayo and crunchy veggies – like carrots and celery. Fast forward to vegan living (and wanting to eat less processed stuff), I used chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste) instead of processed vegan items – and the recipe turned out perfectly.
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We use tahini in a lot of our recipes. We love the creaminess and we really enjoy the flavor. We’ve tried a lot of tahini pastes and our absolute favorite is from The Mighty Sesame Co – which you can order from Amazon or purchase at Whole Foods, Walmart, Publix, and Sprouts – which is great since we travel full-time.
Chickpea Dill Salad
- 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup celery, finely diced
- 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup cucumber, finely diced, (if your cucumber is very seedy scrape out seeds with a spoon)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 1/4 cup dill pickle, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/16 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 3/4-1 cup tahini paste, enough to create a thick creamy dressing***
- I large bowl mash chickpeas with a potato masher or a fork until desired consistency/texture
- Add celery, onoins, cucumers, parsley, pickle, dill, set aside
- In small bowl (or 1 cup+ measuring cup) measure lemon juice, dijon, and garlic. Add tahini until you reach about 1 1/4 cup or you have a nice creamy dressing that is thick enough to coat your beans and veggies.
- Mix dressing in with beans and veggies.
- Serve on bread, pita, crackers, or atop a fresh green salad (this could also be a perfect lettuce wrap filling).
*Tahini will thicken as liquid is added, so continue to stir until you reach desired consistency.
***due to variations in tahini, the amount of tahini is estimated around 3/4-1 cup. The dressing and salad work best when the tahini is a little thick so it evenly coats the veggies. To loosen the salad the next day, a quick squeeze of lemon will do.
How to Serve This Chickpea Dill Salad
We loved this on whole grain bread, but it also worked with as a cracker spread and even as finger sandwiches. It is versatile and delish and contains whole plant ingredients! A total win for us!
Making this recipe? Be sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook @veginspired #veginspiredfoodie so we can see how you use it. I know I will be making it regularly as we travel in the RV – it is a quick go-to lunch!
Until Next Time, Eat More Plants!