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Gochujang Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Caramelized Onions


A creamy, spicy gochujang chickpea salad sandwich with spicy-sweet gochujang caramelized onions is a Korean-style twist on this lunchtime favorite! It’s hearty, satisfying, and packed with FLAVOR! Options for gluten-free , Nutfree , Soyfree

hand holding a gochujang chickpea salad sandwich
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I love cooking with gochujang, like in my gochujang bowl, peanut gochujang rice, gochujang cauliflower wings, gochujang lentils, and gochujang tofu sandwich. This gochujang chickpea salad is my most recent gochujang recipe.

I’ve got a bunch of chickpea salad sandwiches on the blog, because there isn’t just one way to make a chickpea salad sandwich. You can add a lot of different spices, herbs, flavors, sauces, and crunchy additions to make super quick lunches that are unique every single time! In this salad, we have creamy dressing with spicy gochujang, paired with caramelized onions that have been cooked with gochujang! Making them sweeter and spiced and gorgeous. You can use these onions in so many ways, on burgers, wraps, bowls and more.

close-up of the gochujang chickpea salad sandwich

For this chickpea salad sandwich, we add gochujang into the creamy dressing for the chickpea salad. We also caramelize the onions. Once the onions are halfway cooked, we add some gochujang to them, as well, so you get these sweet-and-spicy, delicious onions to top the chickpea salad sandwich. Serve it in a bread or pita sandwich or in a wrap or lettuce wrap or as a dip with tortilla chips or pita chips!

Why You’ll Love Gochujang Chickpea Salad

  • quick, easy make-ahead lunch
  • packed with FLAVOR!
  • topped with sweet-and-spicy gochujang caramelized onions
  • easy to make gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free
gochujang chickpea salad sandwich on the cutting board before slicing

How to Serve It

You can serve gochujang chickpea salad on your bread of choice, like white sandwich bread, whole wheat, sourdough or pita, wraps, etc. Or, spoon it over salad greens for a more veggie-forward lunch. No matter how you serve it, gochujang chickpea salad is a great meal prep recipe to have in the fridge for quick lunches!

It’s delicious on its own, or serve with a salad, garlic fries, chips, etc.

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close-up of the gochujang chickpea salad sandwich

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Gochujang Chickpea Salad Sandwich

A creamy, spicy gochujang chickpea salad sandwich with spicy-sweet gochujang caramelized onions is a Korean-style twist on this lunchtime favorite! It’s hearty, satisfying, and packed with FLAVOR! Options for gluten-free Soyfree and nutfree.

Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time35 minutes

Course: lunch, One Pot meal, Sandwich

Cuisine: Korean

Keyword: gochujang chickpea salad

Servings: 3

Calories: 219kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the Caramelized Onion

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 ½ cups (240 g) sliced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or sugar
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang paste

For the Chickpea Salad Sandwich

  • 15 ounce (425.24 g) can of chickpeas drained, or 1 ½ cups of cooked chickpeas (or use other beans of choice)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (59.15 ml) non-dairy yogurt or vegan mayo
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang paste
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup (40 g) chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup (37.25 g) chopped bell pepper
  • ¼ to ½ cup (4 g) chopped cilantro or other herbs of choice

For assembly

  • bread, wraps, lettuce leaves, and/or salad greens
  • vegan mayo

Instructions

Caramelize the onions.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and a good pinch of the salt, and mix and cook until the onions start to turn translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and add splash of water if the pan is drying out.

  • Mix in the garlic, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then mix in the rest of the salt along with the maple syrup and gochujang. Add a splash of water to help the gochujang mix into the onion, then reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onions are starting to turn golden and the garlic has cooked. Switch off the heat and set aside while you make the salad.

Make the gochujang chickpea salad.

  • Add the chickpeas, spices, salt, yogurt, gochujang, and lime juice to a bowl. Mix well, press and mash about half of the chickpeas using a fork or masher. Mix in the onion, bell pepper, and cilantro. Now, taste and adjust flavor, adding more non-dairy yogurt or vegan mayo, if needed, for more creaminess. (You can also fold some of the caramelized onion into the chickpea mixture.)

  • Then, assemble the sandwich. Add a layer of vegan mayo onto one slice of the bread, and top it with salad greens, lettuce, or fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley. Generously pile on the gochujang chickpea salad and then the caramelized onions, and close the sandwich with another slice of bread. Wrap it up in parchment paper, slice, and either a pack for your lunch or serve now.

  • Serve it in a bread as above or pita sandwich or in a wrap or lettuce wrap or as a dip with tortilla chips or pita chips!

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Notes

Nutritional information doesn’t include the bread or mayo, since type and amounts will vary.
To make a lettuce wrap or regular wrap, add the chickpea salad and caramelized onion to your wrap of choice, and drizzle some vegan mayo. Wrap and pack for lunch or eat.
To make it gluten-free, use gochujang that is gluten-free and use gluten-free bread or make lettuce wraps.
It’s nut-free if you use nut-free vegan yogurt and mayo.
For soy-free choose soy-free gochujang, non-dairy yogurt, and mayo. For soy-free, you can also replace the gochujang with soy-free chili garlic sauce or chili crisp.
Make soy-free gluten-free gochujang by mixing together 2 teaspoons each of: gochugaru pepper flakes, chickpea miso, coconut aminos and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.
Storage:Make the chickpea salad and the caramelized onion and store refrigerated in closed containers for upto 2 days. Use to make sandwiches or wraps as needed. You can store the premade sandwich in the refrigerator for a few hours. The salad will make the bread soggy if stored for too long.  
Variations: You can also add other crunchy veggies to your gochujang chickpea salad, like celery. For the herbs, try adding dill or thyme to the chickpea salad to mix things up, if you like.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Gochujang Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Amount Per Serving

Calories 219
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 2g

Sodium 630mg27%

Potassium 420mg12%

Carbohydrates 35g12%

Fiber 8g33%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 518IU10%

Vitamin C 28mg34%

Calcium 106mg11%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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gochujang chickpea salad ingredients

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • oil – To caramelize the onions. Use stock for oilfree
  • onion – You’ll make caramelized onions and use some fresh onion in the gochujang chickpea salad too.
  • garlic – To flavor the onions.
  • salt – To help the onions caramelize and bring out the flavors in the chickpea salad.
  • maple syrup – Adds a little sweet to offset the heat of the gochujang in the salad.
  • gochujang paste – Choose gluten-free and/or soy-free, if needed. You can also substitute chili garlic sauce or chili crisp for a similar flavor if you can’t find gochujang.
  • chickpeas – The base for the salad. Use canned or homemade. Or use white beans of choice
  • spices – Garlic powder and black pepper also season the chickpea salad.
  • non-dairy yogurt – Makes the chickpea salad creamy.
  • lime juice – For tang.
  • bell pepper – For crunch! Feel free to add other chopped, crunchy veggies like celery.
  • cilantro – Or use your herbs of choice. Dill, parsley, and/or thyme are delicious in this recipe.
  • bread – Use bread, pita, wraps, our lettuce wraps to make this gochujang chickpea salad sandwich.
  • vegan mayo or non dairy yogurt – For creaminess in the sandwich.

💡 Tips

  • You only need to mash about half of the chickpeas. Feel free to leave it chunky, if you prefer that texture or mash it more, for a smoother mixture.
  • This sandwich like most chickpea salad sandwiches is a bit messy, so wrapping it in parchment helps keep it contained as you eat it or when you pack it in your lunchbox.

How to Make Gochujang Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and a good pinch of the salt, and mix and cook until the onions start to turn translucent, 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally and add splashes of water if needed.

Mix in the garlic, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then mix in the rest of the salt along with the maple syrup and gochujang. Add a splash of water to help the gochujang mix into the onion, then reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onions are starting to turn golden and the garlic has cooked. Switch off the heat and set aside while you make the salad.

Add the chickpeas, spices, salt, yogurt, gochujang, and lime juice to a bowl. Mix well, mashing about half of the chickpeas.

Mix in the onion, bell pepper, and cilantro. Now, taste and adjust flavor, adding more non-dairy yogurt or vegan mayo, if needed, for more creaminess. You can also fold some of the caramelized onion into the chickpea mixture.

Then, assemble the sandwich. Add a layer of vegan mayo onto one slice of the bread, and top it with salad greens, lettuce, or fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley.

Generously pile on the gochujang chickpea salad and then the caramelized onions, and close the sandwich with another slice of bread.

Wrap it up in parchment paper, slice, and either a pack for your lunch or serve now.

hand holding a gochujang chickpea salad sandwich

Frequently Asked Questions

Is gochujang gluten-free?

It can be! Gochujang can be made with glutenous rice or with barley. The type made with rice is gluten-free, but if it’s made with barley, it will contain gluten.

Does gochujang contain soy?

Conventional gochujang is made with fermented soybeans, but you can find soy-free versions.

Is this recipe allergy friendly?

This recipe is gluten-free, as long as your gochujang is gluten-free and you use gluten-free bread or make lettuce wraps. 

It’s nut-free if you use nut-free vegan yogurt and mayo. 

It’s soy-free as long as you choose soy-free gochujang, non-dairy yogurt, and mayo. For soy-free, you can also replace the gochujang with soy-free chili garlic sauce or chili crisp.

Can I make gochujang sauce?

Need soy-free and/or gluten-free gochujang? Make your own! Mix together 2 teaspoons each of: gochugaru pepper flakes, chickpea miso, coconut aminos and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

Can I make this ahead?

yes. Make the chickpea salad and the caramelized onion and store refrigerated in closed containers for upto 2 days. Use to make sandwiches and wrap etc as needed. You can store the premade sandwich in the refrigerator for a few hours. The salad will ultimately make the bread soggy.



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