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Creamy Spicy Mashed Chickpea Salad with Mayo

Creamy Spicy Chickpea Salad is made with only 4 Ingredients – It is simple, tasty, made in 2 to 4 minutes, with a hint of sriracha sauce. Serve with toasts, cucumber slices or make into sandwiches or wraps.

We love using canned chickpeas for easy weeknight dinner, like Chickpea and Spinach Curry, Mexican Chickpeas, Curried Chickpea Soup, Garbanzo beans Tacos or Burrito Bowls.

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This post was originally published on 01/30/2020 and modified on 02/22/22 to add more details. However, the recipe, images and video remain the same.

Spicy Chickpea Salad with Mayo

It is easy to make and comes together fast. It’s perfect for lunch since garbanzo beans are protein packed and leave you feeling satisfied for hours. A great recipe for kids (almost like tuna salad) and perfect for school lunch box (made in few minutes). All you need is a can of mashed chickpeas, sriracha sauce, mayo, scallion along with salt and pepper —> Can’t get easier than that!

Why is this a must try recipe?

  1. It is beyond easy to make. Drain, rinse and mash chickpeas, chop scallions and stir along with mayo, a dash of sriracha, salt and pepper.
  2. It is perfect made into sandwiches, lettuce wraps, tortillas wraps or simply served on top of toasts or cucumber slices.
  3. Great for meal prep
  4. Allergen friendly –> Vegetarian / Gluten Free / Dairy Free with option to make it vegan.

Chickpeas and Garbanzo beans

Both are the same thing and can be used interchangeably in any recipe. They are known as chickpeas in the US and Garbanzo beans in Europe. They are peach colored round legumes or seed pods and part of the pea family. They have a satisfying nutty flavor.

Are Chickpeas good for you?

They are a very healthy food and a perfect way to add plant based protein to salad. Packed with fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorous, B vitamins and may help with weight loss. They also help with blood sugar control since the starch is digested slowly.

Can this be made ahead?

Yes! This is a great candidate for meal prepping because it keeps really well for 2 to 3 days. However, this is such an easy garbanzo bean salad recipe that it can be made in 2 to 4 minutes.

Key Ingredients

Chickpeas – One can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans

Mayo – Regular fat or reduced fat mayonnaise. Use vegan mayo to make a vegan tuna salad.

Sriracha – Increase quantity to make it more spicier.

Onion – Use chopped scallion or red onion

How to make?

Drain, rinse and pat dry garbanzo beans in a clean kitchen towel. Using a potato masher, mash coarsely (we need texture) and mix with chopped scallions, mayo, sriracha, salt and pepper—> easiest salad recipe!

How to serve?

  1. Serve with cucumber and grape tomatoes.
  2. Make a sandwich – Fill between two slices of wheat bread along with lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
  3. Make a wrap – Scoop on top of lettuce leaves —> Carb free
  4. Roll into a tortilla wrap – Spread on a whole wheat tortilla, top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes, roll and enjoy.
ingredients to make chickpea salad
a bowl of chickpeas
mash chickpeas with a potato masher
chickpeas, mayo, sriracha and scallion in a bowl

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Creamy Spicy Mashed Chickpea Salad with Mayo

Creamy Spicy Chickpea Salad is made with only 4 Ingredients – It is simple, tasty, made in 2 to 3 minutes, with a hint of sriracha sauce. Serve with toasts, cucumber slices or make into sandwiches or wraps.
Prep Time4 mins
Total Time4 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickpea salad with mayo, creamy chickpea salad, simple chickpea salad
Servings: 2
Author: Maria Doss



  • Drain chickpeas in a colander and run under faucet to rinse completely. Pat dry in a kitchen towel to remove all excess moisture. 
  • Add chickpeas into a large bowl and using a potato masher, mash coarsely (do not mash them completely).
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. 
  • Eat right away or divide into meal prep containers with cucumber/ tomatoes and crackers and store in refrigerator. 



Chopped red onions may be used instead of scallions. 

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Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

This recipe is the base of a mix I make weekly. I sometimes cut up celery, radishes, carrots, red pepper and add to the mix, really whatever veggies I have on hand usually work. Dill, garlic powder, and mustard are also great additions. I put this on top of my greens in place of dressing also adding salad toppers for crunch. It's filling and delicious!

Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Thursday 30th of January 2020

So much easier than potato salad and looks so much yummier too! I love your quick and easy meals! And I am a fan of chickpeas in any form :) XOXO