Curried Chickpea and Apple Salad

This is sort of my version of the classic curried chicken salad. I used to love those when I ate meat – if there was a curried chicken salad sandwich at a deli I would get it every time. So good. But what’s better than chicken? CHICKPEAS! My favorite food! I could just pour those little golden legumes right from the can into my mouth. I do sometimes. No shame.

Having said that, if you do eat meat, you could totally add or sub in grilled chicken and this would still be really good!

This recipe uses thinned-down hummus instead of mayo or vegan mayo. I always HATED mayo so the dairy-free substitute doesn’t really appeal to me either. Plus, it’s more expensive and less useable on other things than hummus. I saw a salad recipe that used thinned out hummus once a couple years back, can’t remember where, but I’ve used that in place of mayo ever since when making something like this! 

Not the prettiest to photograph, true, but so tasty πŸ˜‰



2 15oz cans of chickpeas, or two cups

2 apples

1/2 a red bell pepper

Handful of walnuts

1 tablespoon good curry powder

~ 1/2 cup plain hummus

Black pepper


Rinse the chickpeas and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Chop up the apple and dice the red pepper and add those to the bowl. Throw in a handful of walnuts. 

Put 1/2 cup hummus in a small bowl and thin it down – add little bits of water until it’s a creamy, mayo-like consistency. Add into the chickpea/apple mix along with the curry powder and a bit of black pepper. Mix it well. Taste and adjust – this sort of depends on the curry powder you use – if it’s too strong curry flavor add more hummus and/or a drizzle of agave – if it’s bland add more curry powder or some fresh basil maybe, or salt and pepper to taste.

Makes enough to last for a few days of lunches. This is one that is good to make ahead – it’s better the next day! Switch it up and eat in a wrap or over greens in a salad.


  • You could also use (cooked) potatoes instead of chickpeas, or grapes instead of apples, or cashews instead of walnuts!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Peace.Love.Veggies says:

    Oh Yum! I will definitely have to try this one!


  2. pinkiebag says:

    Oh what a fab idea, great in a pitta. It would make a perfect lunchtime treat


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