If you're craving egg salad, particularly a curried egg salad, our smashed chickpea and avocado salad with curry is a great replacement. The texture is similar and the flavor is fabulous! Make it in less than 15 minutes.
This recipe from February, 2014 has been updated to make it even better.
Unless you’ve been a vegan since birth, there will be moments when you’ll crave conventional dishes that contain animal products. Who knows what triggers them, but a craving can be like kryptonite to those of us without the willpower of Superman.
Many years ago, when I went vegan for life, one of the things I missed like crazy was curried egg salad sandwiches.
The craving was intense, and while I had enough self control and didn't jump in the car and drive to the sandwich shop that sold my favorite sammy, I did pull out a bunch of ingredients in my pantry and reinvented my favorite salad.
INTRODUCING AN EGG-FREE EGG SALAD
Chickpeas and avocado make a great egg salad substitute.
You can mash them together in a food processor or with a potato masher, either way will work.
I used a food processor because I added pepitas for a little crunch. If you don't want to add them, it's totally fine to omit them.
The texture is similar to egg salad and the flavors are almost identical to the salad I ate for years before going vegan.
Bonus: It's healthy!!
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN EGG SALAD
It couldn't be any easier. I used my food processor to mash the chickpeas, avocado, lemon juice, and pepitas (you can use hulled sunflower seeds, too). You could use a potato masher if you don't care about the pepita seeds being crushed.
You could also chop the seeds with a knife if you want them broken down.
Mix in the chopped celery, chives, and spices.
I like a strong curry flavor, if you don't, add it by the teaspoon until you get the desired flavor.
HOW TO SERVE CURRIED CHICKPEA SALAD
Notice how I called this a chickpea salad? That's because it is a smashed chickpea salad, but it's also a great alternative to egg salad, so feel free to call it whatever you want to call it. 😉
You can serve it in a bowl and put a dollop over a bed of lettuce or greens of choice.
My favorite way to eat this delicious savory vegan chickpea egg salad is in sandwich form.
Spread a bunch on whole grain bread and then top with greens and tomato. We even sprinkled chives on top for added flavor.
HOW TO STORE VEGAN EGG SALAD
You can store this covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. After that it dries out and isn't as good.
Wrap it up in parchment and take it with you for a delicious and healthy lunch.
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Curry Egg(less) Salad
- 15 oz cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 avocado
- 1 stalk of celery finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup roasted/salted pepita or sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp chopped chives
- 1 tbsp curry or to taste
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
FOR A SANDWICH
- tomato slices
- Grind the chickpeas, avocado, lemon juice, pepita or sunflower seeds in a food processor and transfer to a bowl. If you don't have a food processor you can mash them with a potato masher and chop the seeds with a knife.
- Add the curry, cumin, coriander, and salt & pepper to the mixture and stir until well blended.
- Spread on bread and top with greens and tomato for a sandwich.