BBQ Ranch Salad with Chickpeas (Vegan)
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BBQ Ranch Salad with Chickpeas

BBQ Ranch Salad with Chickpeas is a vegan, gluten-free and oil-free version of a restaurant favorite. It's hearty enough for a main meal and is ready in under 30 minutes.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 713kcal
Author Amy Katz


For the Ranch dressing:

For the BBQ chickpeas:

  • 1 can chickpeas (15 ounces) or 1 1/2 cups cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (store bought or homemade)

For the salad:

  • 1/2 head Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 dry pint cherry or grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 1 cup corn (defrosted, if using frozen)


  • Prepare the Ranch dressing by blending the raw cashews, water, lemon juice, garlic powder, and onion powder in a high-speed blender until completely smooth. Add an additional tablespoon or two of water, if necessary.
  • Transfer the dressing to a small bowl. Stir in the parsley, chives, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Refrigerate the dressing to allow it to cool while you prepare the chickpeas.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat (or use a little cooking spray to prevent sticking).
  • Add the chickpeas and BBQ sauce.
  • Stir to coat the chickpeas with the sauce. 
  • Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas are hot and most of the sauce has been absorbed.
  • To make the salads, divide the lettuce among two bowls or plates.
  • Top each salad with half the BBQ chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado, and corn.
  • Drizzle each salad with the Ranch dressing and serve immediately.


If making this salad in advance, keep the dressing in a separate container and add it to your salad when you're ready to eat. It may thicken a little in the refrigerator, but you can add a little water to it if you like it thinner.


Calories: 713kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 1736mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 15780IU | Vitamin C: 38.3mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 8.1mg