Better-than-Chicken Salad

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Better-than-Chicken Salad is a popular item at our group events.  Attendees usually ask for the recipe, which we happily provide, of course.  What makes it so delicious is a combination of familiar flavors and the creamy texture.  We usually serve this with a whole-grain English muffin or baked tortilla chips, both of which are splendid accompaniments.   The most common remark from the group is something like “This is really delicious, and I love the grapes in here!”.

If there’s a special chicken salad recipe in your repertoire with ingredients that you love, and that are whole, plant-based of course, try adding them to this recipe to make it your own.   If you haven’t yet tried chickpeas as a substitute for chicken, we think you’ll be wonderfully surprised.  Hopefully, this recipe will spur you to make other chicken-based meals with chickpeas instead.


Better-than-Chicken Salad

By October 7, 2015

Yield : about 8 cups

Rating 4.75 stars - based on 4 review(s)


  • 6 cups - chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cooked or canned (about 2, 29 oz cans), drained and mashed
  • 1 medium - avocado, skin and pit removed, mashed
  • 1 cup - diced celery
  • 2 Tbs - finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs - lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs - finely chopped scallion
  • 1 cup - sliced red grapes


Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, and stir well to combine.  Salt and pepper to taste.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition (per serving): 253 calories, 65% calories from carbohydrates, 18% calories from protein, 18% calories from fat, 9.6g fiber.

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