Kid-Friendly Chickpea Salad

kid-friendly chickpea salad sandwiches for school lunches

My favorite lunch ever (or at least the past few weeks) is the Chickpea Salad that I got from Oh She Glows. Unfortunately, it has way too many crunchy things in it for my kids to really get excited about it. I feel bad about feeding them crappy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all the time, though, so I decided to come up with a version of chickpea salad that they’d like.

I started by using the food processor to shred up the chickpeas to about the texture of tuna, which they like. I added a fairly substantial scoop of mayo, plus a little mustard and pickle juice for flavor. A couple diced pickles for visual interest, and we were good to go.

The Verdict
They like it! Hell, I like it, too, although I still think the super-crunchy, veggie-heavy version is better. My two-year-old is happy to eat this in a sandwich or on toast, and my four-year-old likes spooning it onto crackers. It’s definitely a good alternative to the good ol’ PB&J.

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Kid-Friendly Chickpea Salad

So far, we’ve had this on regular sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, wraps, and crackers. It keeps well in the fridge, so it’s a good school-lunch staple.


  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • ¼ cup diced pickle or relish
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Toss the chickpeas in the food processor and pulse until they’re nicely shredded up as shown above, about the same texture as shredded coconut or canned tuna.
  2. Transfer the shredded chickpeas to a bowl and stir in all the other ingredients.
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