Lunch This Week: Chickpea Salad Wraps

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I’m still the world’s laziest lunch maker. Ever.

I’m lucky if I make it to the table to sit down like a civilized human being most days. When I’m busting my butt in the kitchen for hours each day, the last thing I want to do is chop more vegetables or do a lot of prep for lunch. So, I tend to fall back on frozen veggie burgers (I love Amy’s California burgers), hummus, salsa, and wraps because they are effortless and ready in 5 minutes. And thank goodness there is no chopping required!

I recently discovered the obvious: prep something the night before and I’ll have more variety in my lunch. I’ve talked about this little problem before (see part 1 and part 2) so as you can see old habits die hard! My problem is that I rarely think about lunch at night time, but perhaps this chickpea salad may finally change that…

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I spotted a vegan “Not Tuna Salad” on the Whole Foods website and used it as my inspiration for this amazing chickpea salad wrap. While I don’t think what I came up with tastes anything like tuna salad (let’s be real, it’s chickpeas), I think it tastes even better! And this is coming from a former tuna salad addict who used to eat canned tuna for lunch all the time in university. Yes, I was that girl stacking towers of 59 cent tuna into her shopping cart like a crazy person.

So whether you never liked tuna or maybe you love tuna, add this to your lunch rotation! Pop it into a container, add a wrap and fruit, and you have yourself a well-rounded lunch…no veggie burger required.

Amy, I’ll see you on Wednesday.

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Lunch This Week: Chickpea Salad Wrap

Eric asked me if it really tastes like tuna. “Umm…no…” I said after careful thought, “but it actually tastes better!” Who needs tuna when it tastes this good? It’s fresh, crunchy, filling, and has a great pop of dill. If you’ve had a jar of dill pickles sitting in your fridge for years, now is the time to use them.

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Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas (or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 3 tbsp chopped dill pickle (~1 pickle)
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp regular mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds (or pecans/walnuts)
  • salt/herbamare and pepper, to taste

 

1. Preheat oven to 325F and toast the sunflower seeds for about 11 minutes.

2. Mix everything into a bowl, mashing up the chickpeas slightly with a fork, and season with salt (I used Herbamare) and pepper, to taste. Stuff into a wrap or pita, or enjoy with crackers or rice cakes.

Nutritional Info (based on 3 servings): 222 kcals, 8 grams fat, 32 grams carbs, 7 grams fibre, 1 gram sugar, 8 grams protein.

Ok, so I didn’t make this “the night before”, but I did make this at 10am on Saturday morning! Bonus points, right?

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(Note: I didn’t end up using the paprika as shown in the photo)…and yes, that’s a dill pickle leaning up against the mustard. The jar of pickles has been in our fridge for a year? Amazingly, I’m not dead after ingesting it. Love pickles.

Chop, mix, and serve. Easy.

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Veggies burgers certainly have their time and place in my work week, but thankfully now does this wrap! I hope you enjoy it too!

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and a link to share for you today…

In case you haven’t seen it already, check out this thought-provoking NYT’s article by Mark Bittman – “We’re eating less meat. Why?” which talks about the 12% drop in US meat consumption in the last 5 years.

“We still eat way more meat than is good for us or the environment, not to mention the animals. But a 12 percent reduction in just five years is significant, and if that decline were to continue for the next five years — well, that’s something few would have imagined five years ago. It’s something only the industry could get upset about. The rest of us should celebrate. Rice and beans, anyone?” ~Bittman

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Tia January 16, 2012

This is basically how I make my tuna salad, only I mash my chickpeas and use relish instead of a chopped pickle. AND I use a vegan mayo. Which, be careful, is addictive.

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Amanda January 16, 2012

These wraps look amazing. I LOVE chickpeas. I think this is a great idea for a “tuna” substitute. I might add something sweet – like apples or sweet relish.

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Anna Crouch January 16, 2012

Mmmm That wrap looks delish! The only problem I’ve had with chickpeas in wraps is that they FALL OUT so easily!!! But It’s worth it :)

Also, interesting article that you linked to! I find it really cool that we’ve decreased our meat consumption, whatever the reason may be. Some people are finally realizing that they don’t HAVE to have a slab of meat on their plate for a complete meal. Others still need more of a convincing (aka my husband. lol)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012

yes they do fall out…those pesky lil buggers kept trying to ruin my photos! heh

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Audrey January 16, 2012

YAY for people eating less meat! I hope the trend continues.

This wrap looks really good. I like that it doesn’t use Vegenaise like many tu-no sandwiches do.

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 16, 2012

Chickpea salad. Why didn’t I think of that?!? Brilliant!

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kristin January 16, 2012

Ha just made this! Sooo yummy. Thanks Ange for another great recipe.

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Jenn January 16, 2012

While I dont advocate eating unhealthy amounts of meat, some of us are unable to consume legumes and grains at all. Lean meats provide essential nutrition that we cannot get solely from produce nor would j want to subsist on powders. Please show a little understanding that vegan or vegetarianism is not the ideal diet. I’d rather esg z lean serving oc organic chicken instead of the fake vegan cheese you have or the beans-although healthy- my body cannot tolerate.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

Hi Jenn, Thank you for your comment. My writing is very tongue in cheek, but I can see how this post (e.g,when I said “Who needs tuna anyways?”) could translate to a lack of understanding. I’m sorry if it came across that way! When I say things like that, it’s very light-hearted, but I guess that is hard to tell through a screen. I’ve always said that I think everyone should eat whatever diet works best for them and I totally understand that veganism is not for everyone!

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Cait's Plate January 16, 2012

This wrap looks absolutely amazing. Isn’t it scary that there was a 12% drop and we’re STILL eating way too much meat?! Crazy!

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Fallon January 16, 2012

What a great idea. I can’t wait to try this!

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Emily @ Comfortable Home Life January 16, 2012

I literally ran into my kitchen to make this. Miracle of miracles, I had all the ingredients. Fast, delicious and easy!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012

Glad to hear that!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb January 16, 2012

i’m always looking for simple, lazy lunch ideas! and chickpeas are an all-time favorite… thanks for the recipe :)

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Cookie and Kate January 16, 2012

I’m a super lazy lunch maker, too. I could say it’s because I live by myself and work from home, but it’s probably because I’m straight lazy. This wrap is totally my style! I never liked tuna but I do love chickpeas.

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Rachel Runs January 16, 2012

oh man I am DEFINITELY making this!! this summer my boyfriend and I did our first garden and ended up with WAYYY too many cucumbers to handle, so we also learned how to can and made a bunch of different types of pickles. I can’t wait to use them in this salad!!

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 16, 2012

I love how versatile chickpeas are. This salad looks fabulous! I get much more creative with my lunches when I make them ahead of time, too.

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 16, 2012

That looks amazing! Chickpea salad rocks and I love the combo of chickpeas and mustard.

Btw I hear you, lunch and I have a total love/hate relationship. My mom really doesn’t eat lunch (I don’t know how she doesn’t get hungry) – some days she’ll be proud of herself for having a Larabar or a yogurt and apple and I’ll scream “That’s not lunch!!” but honestly, I’m not always doing much better. Definitely leftovers are a saviour when I have them. Thanks for the tip on Amy’s burgers because I love her burritos!

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 16, 2012

I was going to make the not tuna salad tonight for my lunches this week! I thought it sounded delicious! I cannot wait to make it now!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012

Enjoy!

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Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 16, 2012

Chickpeas make everything better!!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes January 16, 2012

I like the little toothpick in the wrap :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012

That was Eric’s idea…I need to hire that man I tell you. ;)

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Sunny January 16, 2012

I’ve had chickpeas floating around in my cupboard for eons now – I love homemade hummus, but I’ve just been too busy lately! Thank you for giving me an excuse to finally use ‘em up, I just made this on a trader joes whole wheat fiber wrap – I’m a fan of ‘tuna melts’ myself, though, so I heated the chickpea salad on the wheat wrap up before topping it with lettuce – a little toasty and deeeelicious!!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012

That sounds incredible!

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Carol Chafetz January 16, 2012

Thanks Angela. I saw this on your FB post and then clicked through to your blog. I just made it for lunch. It’s sooo good. One clarification on calories: is it 222 kcal for one serving?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

Hi carol, Glad you like the salad! Yes it’s 222kcals per serving, I will try to clarify that.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 16, 2012

Love the make-ahead nature of this. And not tasting like tuna salad, that’s a good thing for me, too :) I bet the mustard in this gives it a great tang. And oh, I love mustard.

Great recipe reminder to make things like this ahead of time. So much better than scrambling at the last minute wondering what to make.

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Jenny @ Simply Be...me January 16, 2012

It would be a miracle if a jar of pickles lasted a month in our house let alone a year :) Looks yummy!

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Moni'sMeals January 16, 2012

This looks fabulous! I will be making this for sure this week, that I can promise you. I love every single thing you made here and I would not change a thing. Thanks Ang! :)

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Mandy Jo January 16, 2012

YUM! I’ve been on a chickpeas kick..aka a Chick Kick, so I can’t wait to try this! I will only be making it for me though (this serves 3) so would you suggest I cut the ingredients in half or do you think it will last in a bowl and I’ll just add it to a tortilla when I’m ready to eat it?!
Thanks for all the lunch ideas!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012

Hi mandy, I would guess that it keeps for 4 days in the fridge in an air-tight container.

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Amanda January 16, 2012

I’m the same way when it comes to lunch. Usually I’ve been in the kitchen most of the morning and the last thing I want to do is prepare something or do more dishes. This wrap sounds like a great meal to throw into my rotation of leftovers and veggie burgers. :)

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Amber K January 16, 2012

Wow, that looks delicious! Had to send this to my husband, because he’s a huge fan of tuna.

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 16, 2012

I love all these ingredients!! Although I am a tuna lover too :D How funny! I am the exact same way with lunch! Therefore, my recipe page doesn’t have much on the lunch list lol. It’s nice to know that a great cook such as yourself has the same tendencies.

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TeenyLittleSuperChef January 16, 2012

I’m one of those who tends to “forget” about lunch most of the time and end up just snacking from breakfast until dinner. Probably not the best thing to do. I totally need to give these wraps a try. I am also a former tuna salad sandwich addict so I’m sure I’ll love these too. Anything with pickles I kind of go ga-ga for. Thanks for the great recipe Angela! What type of wraps do you use, by the way?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

I usually buy the Ezekiel food for life brand, I think it’s called?

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 16, 2012

What an interesting lunch wrap filling! Looks tasty too!

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Emily @ LivingLongfellow January 16, 2012

Your ideas are always so creative. Looks yummy! I heard about the drop in meat consumption recently and was thrilled! Thanks for sharing the article.

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Sarah January 16, 2012

Thanks for the recipe! I made these for lunch today, because I had everything on hand. It was delicious!!

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Anne Marie Malfi January 16, 2012

Hi Angela,

Wow! Saw this recipe and since my daughter and I are huge chickpea lovers and I’m vegan this was a must try recipe. Easy, delicious and now a favorite lunch for us. Really enjoying your all that you share and sure we’re going to found a lot more great recipes to try. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

So happy to hear that Anne!

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca January 16, 2012

mmmmm I make something quite similar to this, though I add vegan mayo & mash the chickpeas a little. it ends up being like a ‘tuna’ salad wrap :D so good

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Lindsay@Peas.Love.Balance. January 16, 2012

This looks so good – I just recently began to embrace chickpeas, I always thought I hated them! I will definitely be trying this for lunch this week
PS – I made your carrot cake cookies and my husband can’t stop talking about how much he *loves* breakfast cookies – we went through them FAST – looks like I need to make another batch :) Thanks for all your amazing recipes – I’m pretty sure 90% of my meals come from here!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

haha that’s cute :) Ours didn’t last long either! I’m already working on a new flavour :)

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Angie January 16, 2012

I made this for lunch today and was shocked at how much it tasted like tuna salad…but like you say, even better because I always hated that fishy tuna smell and taste. Another winner, Angela, thank you!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

Glad you enjoyed it Angie!

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Natalie @fitjamericangirl.com January 16, 2012

This looks great!

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Kelly January 16, 2012

Reading that article made my day! I’m glad to see people are eating less meat! I’ve always felt that movements like Meatless Mondays are a great compromise between veg*ns (like me) and those who can’t imagine life without a steak now and then (like my husband).

I’m excited to try the chickpea recipe too! I hate tuna, but I love chickpeas and dill. :D

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Lisa January 16, 2012

I do this all the time! It’s so easy and yummy. Glad you are spreading the love of the vegan egg salad.

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Lori January 16, 2012

Thanks for sharing the article, Angela! A great read!! I’m so happy to see this positive trend in reduced meat consumption.

And I will be making these wraps for lunch next week :)

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Deirdre @ Ladies Holiday January 16, 2012

Angela- YOU are such an amazing inspiration. You told your story with such honesty and are so down to earth. I’m so glad I found your website and you can be sure I will visit frequently for the recipes (and relatability!)
I totally getcha for lunch, but ya know, it makes breakfast and dinner (the meals I tend to put more focus on) a bit more importance. Those meals, I really sink my teeth into!
Thanks for the great blog!! Also The Green Monster Movement RULES!!
Best!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012

Thank you Deirdre. Thanks for following the blog :)

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