We must really love chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), because it was a breeze to round up two dozen easy and tasty vegan chickpea recipes.
Even those who aren’t keen on beans might make an exception for versatile, tasty chickpeas, a.k.a. garbanzos. Americans have come to appreciate them in popular Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean dishes.
This round-up features curries, soups, stews, salads, composed platters, and of course, hummus.
If chickpeas have any drawback, it’s their long cooking time—up to three hours. In this case, the canned version has a definite advantage. Of course, if you have an Instant Pot® or pressure cooker, that’s a different story. In addition to being a great legume for soups and stews, there are lots of great uses for chickpeas:
- They shine as the stars of soups, stews, and curries
- Mashed and seasoned, chickpeas make an excellent sandwich spread.
- Pureed, they thicken hearty vegetable soups and make a good base for dips like hummus.
- Pan-roasted, they become an addictive yet blessedly low-fat snack.
- Chickpeas are delicious in green salads, or as the main ingredient in heartier salads.
Easy Chickpea and Eggplant Curry
An easy and warming chickpea and eggplant curry, this stew is a great choice for chilly weeknight meals. This delectable stew is a Westernized mash-up of two Indian favorites, chana masala, a dish that highlights chickpeas, and baingan bharata, which features eggplant.
Super-Easy Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala)
An easy chickpea curry (also known as chana masala) is an always-welcome, practically last-minute meal. Serve on its own with fresh flatbread or over hot cooked grains.
Ginger Turmeric Chickpeas with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
This simple dish of ginger turmeric chickpeas is embellished with roasted cherry tomatoes and comes together for a delicious quick meal.
Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard and Chickpeas
A fusion of flavor and color is what this hearty dish of curried sweet potatoes with chard and chickpeas is all about.
Indian-Spiced Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
A delectable Indian-spiced cauliflower and chickpea stew gives you the curry flavors you crave at a fraction of the cost of take-out.
Burgers, sandwiches, & wraps
Vegan Curried Chickpea Burgers
Curried chickpea burgers are infused with flavor and so easy to make. Serve on buns with your favorite accompaniments, or just top a green salad with them.
Chickpea Salad & Sandwich Spread
If you’ve been vegan for a while, you probably have your own version of Dianne Wenz’s chickpea salad recipe. But if you’re a newbie or an omnivore, the idea of making a mock tuna salad from chickpeas might be new to you. It’s just as good dolloped onto salad greens as it is as a spread on fresh bread.
Barbecue-Flavored Chickpea Pita Sandwich
Veggies and your favorite barbecue sauce synergize in a hearty chickpea pita sandwich with great flavor and texture. You can also take these same ingredients and transform them into a wrap.
Olive Hummus Wraps with Greens and Avocado
Featuring an easy homemade olive hummus, these wraps are an easy and delicious lunch for home, school, or work.
Soups & Stews
Coconut Curry Carrot Chickpea Soup
This naturally vegan soup combines comfort and spice in one satisfying bowlful. Both carrots and chickpeas are compatible with coconut milk and curry spices — spices that you don’t have to mix and measure, thanks to amazing Indian simmer sauce.
Fast and Easy Vegan Laksa Soup
Vegan laksa soup is made super easy courtesy of Indian simmer sauce. It features rice noodles in a coconut-curry base with vegetables, chickpeas or tofu, and tasty toppings.
Cinnamon-Spiced Chickpea and Lentil Stew
Like all satisfying stews, this one relies on your own palate and sense of flavor to adjust seasonings. Cinnamon and cumin are must-haves, but there’s an array of other optional spices that you can experiment with.
Spanish-Style Chickpea Stew
Sometimes referred to as garbanzo stew, this variation on Spanish chickpea stew is easy and quick to prepare. There’s no truly standard recipe; it’s basically a thick stew or soup of chickpeas in a tomatoey, paprika-scented base.
Salads & Cool Dishes
Chickpeas and Green Beans with Balsamic Mushrooms
Here’s an appealing medley of chickpeas and green beans embellished with brown mushrooms sautéed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Hot and Cool Buffalo Cauliflower Chickpea Salad
There are enough vegan Buffalo cauliflower wings recipes floating around. But I enjoy this mash-up of flavors so much that I’ve transposed them into this hearty Buffalo cauliflower chickpea salad.
Vegan Niçoise-Style Salad
Bearing its French elegance beautifully, vegan Niçoise salad is a composed dish that may look fancy, but is incredibly easy to make. Its array of tasty ingredients, including chickpeas or white beans, slender green beans, tomatoes, and olives—make it a splendid main dish salad for a spring or summer meal.
The Classic Vegan Buddha Bowl
Vegan Buddha bowls may have started as a trend, but it looks like they’re here to stay. And no wonder — they’re a fantastic way to get your protein, good carbs (usually whole grains) and veggies in one bowl with plenty of eye appeal. This one also features chickpeas.
Vegan Cobb Salad
An American Classic this vegan version of Cobb salad recipe swaps in plant-based proteins for the traditional chicken and bacon, and replaces the customary hard-boiled eggs with chickpeas.
Super-Quick Two-Bean Salad
When your meal needs a protein boost, beans come to the rescue, and this super-easy two-bean salad can be made in 10 minutes or less.
Hummus and Appetizers
Sweet Potato Hummus with Artichoke Hearts
Sweet potato hummus is a mellow backdrop for briny artichoke hearts (or olives, if you prefer the variation).
Fresh Herb and Artichoke Hummus
Fresh herb and artichoke hummus —yum! These ingredients take ordinary hummus up a notch. A 6-ounce jar, with its liquid, is a perfect quantity to use.
Homemade Hummus, 12 Easy and Delicious Ways
While packaged hummus is available almost anywhere food is sold, I still enjoy making my own. It’s easy and tastes better than store-bought. And this DIY version is more economical, yielding a larger quantity.
Pan-Roasted Chickpeas, 3 Ways
Pan roasted chickpeas are a more efficient way to enjoy this popular snack than oven-roasting, which tends to dry them out.