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Buffalo Chickpea Sandwich

15 min



Get ready to fall in love with a hearty, wholesome delight – our Buffalo Chickpea Sandwich! This isn't your average sandwich; it's a symphony of bold, tangy spicy chickpeas harmoniously layered between crispy veggies and slices of rustic bread.



15 min


15 min


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Chickpea salad

  • 1½ cups (246 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • 1
    celery rib, finely chopped
  • ½
    small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ Tbsp (13 g)
    chopped pickles
  • ¼ tsp
    garlic powder

Vegan ranch mayo


  • 6
    slices rustic bread
  • 3
    butter lettuce leaves
  • 1
    large tomato, sliced

Make your own


  1. Use a fork to mash together all the ingredients for the chickpea salad in a bowl.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the ranch mayo together in a small bowl.
  3. Toast your slices of bread.
  4. Smear one side of the bread slices with the vegan ranch mayo and top with the lettuce, tomatoes and chickpea salad. Enjoy!


  • We used Frank's Red Hot Sauce.


  • The prepared sandwich is best enjoyed on the day it's made. Note that the bread will get a bit soggy over time.
  • The sandwich filling can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Grains & Starches 48%

slice rustic bread

Proteins 21%

cooked chickpeas

unsweetened soy milk

Fruits & Veggies 31%

celery rib

small red onion

chopped pickles


butter lettuce leaf

large tomato


unsweetened soy milk


vegan mayonnaise

vegan mayonnaise

Nutrition info

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Nya B - Dec. 5, 2023, 8:43 p.m.

I really enjoyed it. Didn’t make the ranch mayo and it still turned out very good!

Vidhya V - Dec. 5, 2023, 4:49 p.m.

Yummy yummy!! I used baby spinach instead of lettuce and it was so good!

Krystina V - Nov. 29, 2023, 10:07 p.m.

Delicious! This recipe is frequently in rotation for our lunch meal preps! We usually make them with wraps instead of sandwiches.

PUL Team - Nov. 30, 2023, 12:55 a.m.

Wraps are a lovely idea, Krystina, thank you! 😃

Silvia - Nov. 28, 2023, 8:46 p.m.

We love it!

Elyse L. - Nov. 14, 2023, 4:25 a.m.

I was sad when I reached the last bite!

Samara - Nov. 12, 2023, 3:11 a.m.

Omggg DELICIOUS!!!! tangy spicy crunchy soft Im addicted!! Can’t wait to try more recipes!

Martunia - Oct. 22, 2023, 11:54 a.m.

I used habanero hot sauce instead of cayenne pepper sauce. Next time I'll definitely use your recommendation 🥵 😅 other than that, a really great lunch idea!

Sarah Kowalski - Oct. 19, 2023, 6:52 p.m.

Delicious! Definitely will make again. I added extra pickles because I love them :)

louise - Oct. 15, 2023, 3:11 p.m.

Used sriracha instead of cayenne and it was very good

Maeve Littooij - Oct. 15, 2023, 1:43 p.m.

This was surprisingly delicious! I didn't use as much of celery because we are not a big fan of it. I used Frank's red hot sauce, but our family likes spicy food and I think I would add a bit more black pepper next time. It's herby, fresh with a hint of spice. It was really good and it is a great (summer) sandwich.

Sophie - Oct. 9, 2023, 5:21 p.m.


Emelia Stapley - Oct. 4, 2023, 2:34 p.m.

This is an immensely delicious sandwich! I didn't quite have everything for ranch dressing but I made a successful substitution with mixed herbs.

LJ - Sept. 28, 2023, 7:52 p.m.

This was sooo good! If you don’t like hot, skip the hot sauce and it’s still great! The 1.5 cups of cooked garbanzos is slightly less than a normal sized can of garbanzo beans. I just used the whole 15 oz can and it was perfect. I’ve made something similar in the past as a substitute for tuna sandwiches but the addition of hot sauce and ranch was a great twist. I put this on a gluten free wrap and I’m pretty sure I need seconds.

Viviana Antonio - Sept. 27, 2023, 11:21 p.m.

this was the first meal i ate today and am pretty satisfied!!!

i decided to try something new and actually start a day by making something on my own completely and promising myself that i won’t get mad at myself for doing so if i mess up. when i did mess up or realized i didn’t have all the ingredients i had, i just told myself, just breathe, step back, and think of /look up a substitution! and so i did.

i didn’t have vegan mayonnaise, but you had a recipe for it! and i was excited. didn’t have aquafaba, but learned that a substitute (based on the internet, but not sure if it’s credible) is water mixed with chia seeds and flax seeds which i had so i used that in replacement of the aquafaba (i’m probably spelling this wrong).

i also didn’t have dijon mustard, but my mom gave me this inglehoffer cream style horseradish mustard type custard that she said was better so i was like alright lemme use that.

then i realized that i didn’t have the mixer to mix it all together so i just used a blender for it the vegan mayo.

but for the chickpeas, which i also didn’t have… even tho that’s what the recipe is called, i didn’t want to give up on myself and move on from this recipe. i remembered we have edamame in the fridge that i could probably steam and take out the beans in substitute of the chickpeas lol.

i didn’t have any spice hot sauce so i just left it out. i also didn’t have ranch seasoning, so i looked up how to make it and i used ground mustard, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.

with all that to say, the lesson i learned here is that you can still make a pretty decent meal even tho you don’t have all the ingredients, but to find what you have on hand already to make it something similar… or even completely different! make it your own signature meal!!! if you don’t have the same bread, that’s ok, if you thought you had lettuce, but ended up using cabbage instead, that’s ok! there’s another idea to use for the next time you make this meal because my mom suggested that i could shred it next time and prefer to do cabbage instead of lettuce. which just proves that you can just experiment! the recipe is just a guideline for where to start and the rest is up to you.

my brother and mom’s ratings bc i asked if they wanted some:
my mom- 10/10
brother- 8/10
me- i give it a 4/10 for now because i made it and didn’t like it, but in reality, i never really make this stuff and wanted to try something different, so of course i wouldn’t like it at first. didn’t think it was that bad and i think it’s worth something for me to improve upon!

i just felt the need to share all of this jus to pass time haha

omg i love that there are instructions to what to do after you make it if you have leftovers.

Silvia - Sept. 27, 2023, noon

We loved it and will definitely make it again. Thank you! :-)

Laura - Sept. 25, 2023, 10:13 p.m.


Elisabeth - Sept. 24, 2023, 10:28 p.m.

Loved it! A new lunch hit!

Sophie - Sept. 24, 2023, 7:48 p.m.

Love it

Seana - Sept. 24, 2023, 7:38 a.m.

So delicious!
I could eat this every week .

Daniellle - Sept. 23, 2023, 11:26 p.m.

This was fabulous. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I used whole wheat toast but it could also be served on a bed of the lettuce , topped with tomato for gluten free folks.

Sarah S. - Sept. 21, 2023, 11:29 p.m.

Yummy! I didn’t do the ranch since I’m not a huge fan but even my mom said it was good and she likes hers with chicken

Kaylin - Sept. 18, 2023, 7:12 p.m.

Omg this is amazing. What a perfect lunch to bring to work

zen.veg - Sept. 17, 2023, 4:11 a.m.


CLARA - Sept. 16, 2023, 5:25 p.m.

I made it and it's absolutely delicious!

KraftyKat - Sept. 16, 2023, 3:56 a.m.

This was delicious! Whole family enjoyed. My husband made a wrap with the leftovers and my kids and I had it like a dip with crackers. Great recipe! Will make again.

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2023, 6:41 p.m.

Ooo love the idea to have the filling as a dip with crackers! Thank you, Kat 🫶

Jilly - Sept. 14, 2023, 10:53 p.m.

Fantastic recipe! Used dill relish for pickles, an extra bit of Buffalo sauce (bc we like spice) and a gluten free tortilla to make wrap. Very filling without feeling heavy, thank you!

Char - Sept. 11, 2023, 10:15 p.m.

This was so good! I’m not a big fan of sandwiches usually and this is something I could eat regularly. It has so much flavor and just the right crunch from the pickles and veggies. I also used the PUL recipe for the ranch seasoning and the Mayo came out amazing.

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2023, 9:56 p.m.

Woop woop! This sandwich has been a game changer for us and we’re so happy that you enjoyed it too, Char 🥰

Amber - Sept. 10, 2023, 12:41 p.m.

Car - Sept. 9, 2023, 9:24 p.m.

This was so good! Loved the little kick from the hot sauce. It reminded me a little bit of a tuna salad, but better 😀

Cathelijne - Sept. 8, 2023, 7 p.m.

Absolutely lovely! I toasted the bread in chili oil for an extra hint of spice. Would definitely make this again😊

Joy - Sept. 8, 2023, 9:29 a.m.

Loved this!

I actually prepped this for lunch earlier.

It was the best!

I'm slowly transitioning into the vegan scene.

Looking forward to making more recipes from Pick Up Limes! :D

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2023, 3:54 p.m.

Thanks for letting PUL be part of your journey with plants, Joy! Wishing you all the best on it 🌱

Rachel - Sept. 8, 2023, 2:37 a.m.

This was delicious! The pickles were such a great idea!

Charlotte - Sept. 6, 2023, 10:50 p.m.

We loved this sandwich combo! The chickpea filling paired with the cooling ranch mayo was next level. Loved it more than I expected to and will definitely be making again!

Ekesha - Sept. 6, 2023, 7:27 p.m.

OMG! I made this for lunch today and it was SO GOOD! I subbed sweet pickle relish for the pickles and shallot for the red onion b/c it’s what I had in hand. I made the sandwich on 7 grain bread. The filling did mush from between the bread slices, but nothing that a spoon or fork can’t fix! 😁😋 I’m looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!

PUL Team - Sept. 7, 2023, 9:24 p.m.

Aww we hope you enjoy the leftovers, Ekesha, thank you! 😃

Emily - Sept. 5, 2023, 9:06 p.m.

I love this for quick easy lunch prep! Best made the night before for the flavors to meld. I’ve found it’s best to serve in a tortilla so the filling doesn’t squish out of the bread (great with spinach and avocado). Super flavorful between ranch and buffalo! I add 1 tsp each garlic and onion powder to this recipe. Also great to use up any veggies on hand, green bell pepper, carrots, etc.

PUL Team - Sept. 7, 2023, 8:47 p.m.

Yayy thank you so much, Emily! The sandwich is a lovely way to use up any veggies 🤗

Haley - Sept. 4, 2023, 11:44 p.m.

This was delicious! Didn’t have time to make the ranch but it was still great without it. Going to eat the leftover chickpea salad on top of cucumber slices.

Christopher - Sept. 3, 2023, 9:32 p.m.

Hi! I am looking forward to trying this later today or tomorrow. I don't keep pickles around, so instead of chopping pickles for this recipe will organic pickle relish work? I do have that in my refrigerator. Thanks.

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2023, 6:04 a.m.

Hey Christopher, we haven't tested it out but imagine you could! You may just want to start with less and add more to taste if needed. Hope you enjoy the sandwich 😊

Bethany - Sept. 7, 2023, 1:59 a.m.

Yes, pickle relish was definitely a great substitute in ours.

Ola - Sept. 3, 2023, 4:27 a.m.

We loved it! My husband isn’t biggest fan of chickpeas, but he said he could have this salad again and again. We made it on a Lebanese bread.

pr - Sept. 2, 2023, 9:55 p.m.

Great recipe but it was so hard to mash the chickpeas when making a lot more than 3 servings!

Emily - Sept. 5, 2023, 9:09 p.m.

I always throw the chickpeas in the food processor to pulse them for recipes like this (a lot of my veggies too), that might help! 🙂

Miruna - Sept. 7, 2023, 5:54 p.m.

Is a blender alright for that?

Char - Sept. 11, 2023, 10:10 p.m.

If you don’t have a food processor a potato masher is easier on your hands than a fork.

Katie Hiner - Sept. 2, 2023, 6:18 a.m.

This sandwich is so good, if my mom had made it for me when I was younger, I would have never ran away from home. 10/10 texture and flavor. I can’t wait until I’m hungry again.

Bethany - Sept. 2, 2023, 1:14 a.m.

Absolutely divine! It was perfect with celery on the side to catch any chickpeas that fell off. Very flavorful and filling. Definitely a repeat for weeks I am working overtime.

PUL Team - Sept. 2, 2023, 7:47 a.m.

It means so much the sandwich is being enjoyed, Bethany! 😃

Sophie - Sept. 1, 2023, 8:10 p.m.

Omg this sandwich is SO GOOD!!!

Cristina - Sept. 1, 2023, 9:10 a.m.

Simple and complete yummy lunch that leaves you full and in a good mood. I love this app!

PUL Team - Sept. 1, 2023, 7:05 p.m.

So happy to hear, Cristina, thank you!

Alex - Sept. 1, 2023, 12:56 a.m.

I have omitted the cayenne pepper hot sauce because it would be too spicy for me. Also omitted some ingredients that I didn't have at home AND STILL this was incredibly delicious 😍 Best sandwich ever, probably

PUL Team - Sept. 1, 2023, 1:56 a.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Alex, thanks 🤗

DLY - Aug. 28, 2023, 8:20 p.m.

I didn’t have any celery, so I subbed in some green onion and this was delicious! A really nice alternative to tuna salad.

Erin Rappa - Aug. 28, 2023, 12:19 a.m.

Loved it but for my baby mouth I needed less cayenne pepper.