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Vegan Pineapple Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Vegan Pineapple Chickpea Salad

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes (+Rest Time)
  • Yield: 4-5 Sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Salad, Lunch
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy, flavorful, and hearty, this wholesome, oil-free Vegan Pineapple Chickpea Salad recipe is a vegan spin on the popular Pineapple Chicken Salad.



Food Processor Ingredients:

  • 1 – [ 15.5 oz. can ] chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup pineapple tidbits *

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup celery, diced (+/-) *
  • ½ cup red onion, fine dice (+/-) *
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups pineapple tidbits *
  • ¼ to ½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped (+/-) (optional) *

Sauce Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (raw) cashews *
  • ½ cup pineapple tidbits *
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice (from can of pineapple tidbits) *
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce *
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onions
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (+/-)
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *

Serving Ideas:

  • Burger bun, toasted bread, flour tortilla wrap, or lettuce cup
  • Shredded lettuce


  1. Place the cashews into a small bowl, cover with boiling water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain off water (discard water) and place the soaked cashews into a high-speed blender.
  2. Make the Sauce by placing all the remaining Sauce Ingredients into a high-speed blender with the soaked cashews. Blend until smooth and emulsified. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Rinse and drain the chickpeas, shake off any excess water. Place the chickpeas into a food processor along with ¼ cup of pineapple tidbits, pulse a few seconds just until roughly chopped. Place the contents into a large bowl.
  4. Place all the Salad Ingredients into the large bowl with the chopped chickpeas and pineapple mixture.
  5. Pour the sauce over the mixture, gently toss. Taste test for flavor.  Add more seasoning, if needed.  Refrigerate for an hour to allow the flavors to marry.
  6. Serve on your favorite burger bun, toasted bread, wrap or lettuce cup.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  4 to 5