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39 Easy Vegetarian Chickpea Recipes (#9 is My Fave)

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Incorporate healthy plant-based proteins into your diet by making these tasty vegetarian chickpea recipes part of your meal plan today!

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Chickpeas are like a vegetarian’s magic beans. I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, they won’t grow into giant beanstalks so don’t bother planting them in your backyard (speaking from experience). 

Try out some of these recipes instead and supply yourself with the amazing health benefits chickpeas provide

If you’re a gym bro (or gal!), you may already know foods that are high in protein are absolute must-haves, but you might have some trouble finding tasty veggie choices that can supplement your needs. 
Not to worry though, by subscribing to our high-protein vegetarian meal plan and feasting on delicious chickpea recipes like those in this compilation, you’re good to go!

Please your taste buds with these Vegetarian Chickpea Recipes!

Don’t get me wrong, I love myself some classics, but chickpeas are much more than the regular salad, curry and hummus. 

That’s why I’ve gone above and beyond to bring you an assorted list of easy chickpea recipes, where the only thing most of them have in common are our fiber-filled friends. See for yourself below!

Breakfast

Chickpea Pancakes

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Protein: 30g
Calories: 607kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: thin, crispy and gluten-free

These easy chickpea pancakes are sweet and salty, and absolutely delicious. Be warned, your breakfasts will never be the same again!

Chickpea Flour Pancakes

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4.76 from 140 votes
Protein: 10.1g
Calories: 253kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: you can use just about any veggies to make these

A savory pancake begging to be eaten with pickles and chutneys or yogurts and cream. East meets West with this beautifully, wonderfully healthy dish.

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Chickpeas and Poached Eggs

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Protein: 40g
Calories: 524kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: SavoryExperiments
Bonus: an alternative to toast and pancakes

Gluten-Free Chickpeas and Poached Eggs are a healthy meal idea using yogurt, spinach and Mediterranean spices.

Lunch

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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4.67 from 3 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 481kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: the greatest chickpea salad sandwiches use simple ingredients!

Upgrade your vegetarian sandwich offerings with this chickpea salad sandwich! It’s simple and speedy with 20g of protein!

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Servings:2 servings
Calories:594kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

  • 2 cup chickpeas, cooked (~1 can, 15oz/425g)
  • 3 ½ tbsp sour cream
  • 3 ½ tbsp low fat cream cheese
  • 2 sprigs dill, fresh
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 ½ tbsp water
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 oz baby spinach
  • 2 radishes
  • 10 ½ oz ciabatta bread

Instructions

  • In the bowl of the food processor add the chickpeas, sour cream, cream cheese, dill leaves, onion powder, capers, water and salt. Process until it’s semi smooth, and has some small chunks of chickpea. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  • Slice radishes.
  • Divide the bread for two servings and toast if you wish to.
  • Fill bread with chickpea salad, sliced radish, and baby spinach.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
40 Easy Vegetarian Chickpea Recipes (#5 is My Fave)
Amount per Serving
Calories
594
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
27
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
2397
mg
104
%
Potassium
 
446
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
98
g
33
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Vitamin A
 
1686
IU
34
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
153
mg
15
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Spinach and Chickpea Bake

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5 from 5 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 330kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: an easy recipe that’s excellent for weight loss

This spinach and chickpea bake is easy, delicious and super healthy- a breakfast your body will thank you for!

Avocado Chickpea Salad

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4.95 from 20 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 458kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke Fox

Bonus: nearly your day’s fill of fiber in only five minutes!

A chickpea avocado salad!? That’s elite-level health right there. From just one serving you get a great amount of protein and fiber, around 20g of each!

Chickpea Wraps

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4.84 from 31 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 428kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: so your delicious fillings don’t fall out, remember to roll those wraps perfectly!

Chickpea Wraps – these firm faves are really easy to make, super tasty and oh-so-satisfying. We’ll even show you how to roll them properly!

Weight Loss Tikka Masala

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4.84 from 12 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 454kcal
Ready in:40 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a creamy fiber-filled lunch!

The classic curry takes on a new face with our vegan tikka masala. Full of healthy veggies and fragrant flavours, this is sure to win your heart!

Spinach Chickpea Salad

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Protein: 23g
Calories: 580kcal
Ready in:7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: probably my favorite salad of all time!

You won’t believe this tasty bad boy is actually good for you! Ready in 7 minutes, high in protein, fiber and absolutely delicious. Perfect for a quick lunch.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Beetroot Salad

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 19g
Calories: 579kcal
Ready in:50 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave is the best way to speed things up

Smooth and hearty meets sweet and crunchy, this sweet potato and beetroot salad has got it going on!

Healthy Masabacha

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 18g
Calories: 510kcal
Ready in:45 minutes
Recipe by: Gabriella English

Bonus: works as a tasty snack as well

Love hummus? Try masabacha! Made with whole chickpeas and served with roasted tomatoes, this is not one to miss!

Heavenly Halloumi Salad

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4.80 from 20 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 474kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: perfect for every season!

Full of protein, fiber and loads of other nutrients this halloumi salad will keep you feeling full for hours – and you’ll secretly be looking forward to more!

Speedy Chickpea Stew

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 375kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: can be kept in a freezer for sometime

This wonderful chickpea tomato sauce recipe is hearty, rich, and packed with flavors! Serve it on pasta, with baked potatoes, or on toast!

Vegan Chickpea Salad

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4.83 from 23 votes
Protein: 17g
Calories: 398kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: pre-cooking the beets saves a ton of time!

An animal friendly, fresh and tangy winter salad with some serious health benefits. It’s fresh and new, but still prepped within 15 minutes – awesome!

Quinoa Chickpea Buddha Bowl

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4.73 from 11 votes
Protein: 16g
Calories: 438kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: sure to be one of your favourite delicious vegan chickpea recipes!

This easy (and animal-friendly) lunch and dinner bowl hits all the right spots – grains, greens and a legume! What’s not to like?

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Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

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Protein: 12g
Calories: 446kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: BePlantWell
Bonus: this creamy delight is filled with delicious flavors

This chickpea avocado sandwich recipe is so easy to make and the perfect meal prep recipe! Avocado and chickpeas are the perfect tuna salad or chicken salad alternative.

Chickpea Dirty Rice

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Protein: 9g
Calories: 281kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: TinnedTomatoes
Bonus: chop, grate or shred any other veggie of your choice and toss into this dish!

The most delicious rice you’ve ever tasted. This Chickpea Dirty Rice is easy to make and full of flavour.

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Moroccan Chickpea Hand Pies

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Protein: 10g
Calories: 281kcal
Ready in: 60 minutes
Recipe by: RainbowNourishments
Bonus: leftovers can be stored in the fridge overnight

Hearty Moroccan chickpea hand pies packed with vegetables, encased in a crispy gluten-free wrap. Vegan-friendly and wholesome!

Dinner

Vegan Mexican Bean Stew

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 25g
Calories: 673kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: great for weight loss!

After a high protein, high fibre, low calorie vegetarian dinner? Our Mexican bean stew is just the ticket! Try it now!

Simple Socca Chickpea Pizza

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5 from 9 votes
Protein: 32g
Calories: 636kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Dave

Bonus: the perfect option for a quick weeknight dinner

This healthy vegetarian recipe for gluten-free socca pizza is made with chickpea (besan) flour, loaded with plant-based protein, easy to make and a delicious low-calorie treat!

Low Calorie Beetroot Soup

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 322kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: a hearty chickpea beetroot soup great for weight loss

Looking for a light but filling soup to warm your belly during the winter? Try our beetroot soup, topped with crunchy chickpeas!

Vegan Chickpea Curry

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Protein: 23g
Calories: 672kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: a hearty chickpea beetroot soup great for weight loss

Looking for a light but filling soup to warm your belly during the winter? Try our beetroot soup, topped with crunchy chickpeas!

Roasted Fennel and Carrots with Chickpeas

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 28g
Calories: 674kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: works well for weeknight dinners or as a delicious side dish!

Looking for new oven ideas? Try this delicious roasted fennel and carrots with chickpeas! 22g protein per serving!

Falafel Salad with Tahini Sauce

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5 from 16 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 376kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: serve with some creamy hummus instead for a wholesome meal

This quick take on the falafel salad is packed with protein – and adds even more with our peanut sauce! It’s quick, it’s easy and completely animal-friendly!

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Indian Cauliflower Curry

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Protein: 28g
Calories: 669kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: WholefoodSoulfoodKitchen
Bonus: store in the fridge and you can enjoy this delicious meal the next day!

This Indian cauliflower curry recipe is a quick, simple and healthy dinner recipe that requires only one pot and an oven. It is dairy-free, gluten-free and can easily be made nut-free as well.

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Vegan Pilaf with Sweet Potato

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Protein: 14g
Calories: 529kcal
Ready in: 55 minutes
Recipe by: ForkfulOfPlants
Bonus: a healthy vegan chickpea recipe

This sweet potato pilaf is fragrant and packed with goodness from brown rice, sweet potato, chickpeas and walnuts. It has a light and fluffy texture which is deliciously moreish. It’s super easy to make and is perfect for meal prep.

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Chickpea, Potato & Red Pepper Summer Stew with Basil Pesto

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Protein: 21g
Calories: 584kcal
Calories: 584kcal
Recipe by: TheVeganLarder
Bonus: the basil pesto might be the star of the show, but you can still leave it out

A simple chickpea stew that is perfect for summer days as well as cozy winter nights.

Freekeh With Chilli Chickpeas and Herbed Vegetables

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Protein: 28g
Calories: 689kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TinAndThyme
Bonus: soak the freekeh in water for a while to reduce the cooking time

This recipe for freekeh served with chilli chickpeas and herbed vegetables is like a grain bowl that makes a really tasty dinner and is surprisingly quick to prepare with three already delicious components come together to make a taste sensation.

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Pesto Linguini with Crispy Balsamic Chickpeas

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Protein: 13g
Calories: 410kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheLive-InKitchen
Bonus: you can also serve the pesto linguine with some garlic bread for a super easy meal!

This pesto linguine is a vegetarian pasta dish loaded with crispy balsamic roasted chickpeas and summery pesto!

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Chickpea Stuffed Peppers

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Protein: 8g
Calories: 183kcal
Ready in: 1hr 10 minutes
Recipe by: ASweetAlternative
Bonus: a nutritious meal that keeps well for sometime

These chickpea stuffed peppers are an easy, filling, and flavorful vegetarian (and gluten-free) dinner or lunch idea. Make a colourful assortment using your favorite types of bell peppers (red peppers, orange, and yellow are perfect for fall!).

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Easy Vegan Goulash

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Protein: 8g
Calories: 198kcal
Ready in: 1hr 20 minutes
Recipe by: VeganPunks
Bonus: keeps well in the fridge for several days

This vegan Goulash takes everything we know about the authentic version and makes it plant-based and super easy to follow. Perfect for a comforting winter dinner!

Appetizers, Side Dishes, Snacks and Desserts

Simple Kidney Bean Chickpea Salad

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4.92 from 12 votes
Protein: 24g
Calories: 483kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: ready in 15 minutes!

This simple chickpea salad is the first step to eating better by building powerful eating habits with simple yet delicious ingredients!

Chickpea Salad with Truffle Oil and Oyster Mushrooms

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Protein: 11g
Calories: 310kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: SavoryExperiments
Bonus: for flavour retention, add the lemon juice and truffle oil at the end

This Chickpea Salad is full of flavor from mushrooms, lemon and truffle oil. The perfect side dish for any meal and ready in only 20 minutes!

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Air Fried Chickpeas

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Protein: 14g
Calories: 148kcal
Ready in: 16 minutes
Recipe by: RachnaCooks
Bonus: you can use your favourite seasoning

These delightful and healthy chickpeas made with an air fryer are a nutritious snack. It uses only 1 tsp. oil to make, plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan!

Indian Butter Chickpeas

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Protein: 1g
Calories: 360kcal
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Platings+Pairings
Bonus: make this your next basmati rice side! 

Indian Butter Chickpeas feature tender chickpeas simmered in an intensely flavorful and aromatic Indian-inspired butter sauce. Either serve it as the main course with rice or as a delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly side dish.

Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie

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Protein: 5g
Calories: 188kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: DebraKlein
Bonus: drizzle some date syrup over these for that extra touch of sweetness

Here, we’ve got a delicious and gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe that’s easy to make with pantry ingredients and no sugar added!

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Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice-Cream

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Protein: 2g
Calories: 218kcal
Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: EatBeautiful
Bonus: on a vegan diet? This dessert is for you!

Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream is simple, beautiful in color and fun to make a nutritious sweet treat that’s perfect for a variety of diets.

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Easy Gluten-free Samosas with Tasty Chickpea Filling

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Protein: 2g
Calories: 80kcal
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Immigrant’sTable
Bonus: works well for lunch

This recipe is truly one of the best gluten-free samosa recipes I’ve ever tasted. The resulting dough is a beautiful orange color that flakes in your mouth as you bite. The sweet & spicy chickpea filling is perfectly balanced, full of crunch and texture.

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Spanish Style Silverbeet with Chickpeas

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Protein: 8g
Calories: 185kcal
Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: MrsJones’sKitchen
Bonus: spinach, collard greens and kale work well as silverbeet alternatives here

Silverbeet (swiss chard) is pan-fried and mixed with garlic breadcrumb, fresh tomatoes and chickpeas, to make a delicious and healthy tapas dish, side, or main, which can be enjoyed hot or cold.

FAQs for Vegetarian Chickpea Recipes

Drooling yet? I know, me too. But just before you leave, I’ll answer some questions about our beige-coloured buddies.

Are chickpeas good for vegetarians?

High in protein and fiber, chickpeas are one of the best sources of plant-based proteins. Besides improving digestion and aiding in weight management, there are loads of other incredible health benefits of garbanzo beans, with just a single cup of these bad boys nourishing you with up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement!

What dishes can be made from chickpeas?

When it comes to chickpeas, the choices are endless. You can choose to make:

  • Simple salads 
  • Fluffy falafels 
  • Savoury sandwiches
  • Wonderful wraps
  • Sizzling soups
  • Colourful curries
  • Delectable desserts
  • A classic and humble hummus
  • Some crunchy roasted chickpeas

What goes good with chickpeas?

Fruits like avocados, lemons and peaches, veggies such as beetroots, cauliflowers and carrots and even cheese works excellently well with chickpeas. Go nuts! Add them to some pasta to give your dish that extra creamy twist.

Have you got any more vegetarian chickpea recipes you’d love to share, or tips on how we can make some of these better? Your comments make my day, so don’t forget to leave those ideas below!

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