Made with just 6 ingredients and flavorful Frank's Hot Sauce, this Buffalo Chickpea Salad is a quick and delicious base for a hearty snack or meal!
Chickpea salad never lasts long in our house.
I personally love chickpea salad because it's super versatile.
For a classic chickpea salad, I love to make this Vegan Chickpea "Tuna" Salad.
But if I want some extra flavor and kick, I love to make this 6 ingredient Buffalo Chickpea Salad.
If you like buffalo sauce, you're going to LOVE this buffalo chickpea salad!
Ingredients You Need for Buffalo Chickpea Salad
Did I mentioned this recipe requires just 6 ingredients?!
I'll list out everything you'll need below:
- Buffalo sauce
I bet you already have most of these ingredients on hand!
Where's the mayo?
Instead of mayo, I use tahini. This still gives the buffalo chickpea salad its desired creaminess, but with a single, more nutritious ingredient.
What is Buffalo Sauce?
Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce is, well, a hot sauce.
It contains fairly simple ingredients which include the following: distilled vinegar, aged cayenne red peppers, salt, water, canola oil, paprika, xanthan gum, natural butter type flavor and garlic powder.
Buffalo sauce is commonly poured over wings, but it can also be used in dressings and dips!
Does Buffalo Sauce Have Dairy?
Thankfully for all us plant eaters, Frank's Buffalo Hot Sauce doesn't contain dairy!
It's a great condiment to have on hand to whip up buffalo cauliflower bites and of course, this flavorful buffalo chickpea salad!
How much Protein is in Chickpeas?
1 cup (164g) of chickpeas has 19g of protein.
How much protein is in tahini?
1 tablespoon of tahini has 2.6g of protein.
How much Protein is in this Buffalo Chicken Salad?
Chickpeas and tahini are the primary protein source in this recipe. My recipe below will give you 8g of protein per serving.
How to Make Buffalo Chickpea Salad
Okay enough chit chat and FAQ.
I know what you guys are here for: this buffalo chickpea salad!
To make this simple salad, start by placing the drained and rinsed chickpeas into a food processor along with the buffalo sauce and tahini. Pulse these ingredients until everything is well combined, yet fairly chunky.
Add in the chopped celery, minced onion and garlic and pulse again to combine. Alternatively, you can simply stir the celery, onion and garlic into the chickpea mixture
Voila! You have a delicious, healthy salad all prepped and ready to enjoy!
How to Serve Buffalo Chickpea Salad
Think of chickpea salad as tuna, chicken or egg salad.
However you would normally eat those foods is how you can enjoy this chickpea salad.
I'll list out my favorite ways to enjoy chickpea salad below:
- As the filling for sandwiches
- As a dip for raw veggies and/or crackers
- On top of salad
- Right off a spoon!
Make a Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich
For a delicious buffalo chickpea salad sandwich, you can add lettuce or spinach, tomato, and avocado!
If you would like to add something like a blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing to your buffalo chickpea salad you can try my Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing or find a vegan blue cheese dressing at your grocery store.
How to Store Chickpea Salad
Chickpea salad is a great food to meal prep as it stores beautifully in the fridge.
To store this chickpea salad, place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Use it for quick snacks and lunches throughout the week!
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup Frank's Hot Sauce
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- ¼ cup onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- PREP: Place the drained and rinsed chickpeas, hot sauce and tahini in a food processor and pulse until the chickpeas are broken down and the hot sauce and tahini are evenly distributed.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the prepared celery, onion and garlic.
- SERVE: Serve with crackers, on salad or as a sandwich!
- STORE: Store this buffalo chickpea salad in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4-5 days.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 689mgCarbohydrates 23gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 6gSugar 5gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 8g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.