Buffalo chickpea salad with homemade ranch

Indulge in the delightful flavors of a perfectly crafted salad featuring zesty buffalo chickpeas and a dollop of tangy homemade ranch dressing. This vibrant and refreshing salad is an ideal choice for a satisfying and nourishing lunch or dinner.

About this recipe

This buffalo chickpea salad with vegan homemade ranch will trick you into believing you are eating something at a fast food restaurant. But no, you will eat something healthy and good for your body from the first bite to the last. So, so good.

I have to share a personal story – this salad made my daughter fall in love with salads again. She used to avoid anything green, but the combination of the spicy buffalo chickpeas and creamy ranch dressing won her over. Now, she asks for this salad all the time! 🥰 It’s a family favorite and a great way to get kids excited about eating healthy.

I have to confess that I am obsessed with Buffalo sauce, but I have never tried buffalo wings, and the truth is I will never feel like it. However, the good thing about following a vegan diet is that you will never miss dishes or ingredients; you must be creative and look for plant-based ingredients.

This vegan ranch dressing recipe is perfect as a salad dressing, a dip for dipping veggies, or a drizzle over roasted potatoes, pizza, or cauliflower wings.

chickpeas in a pan with buffalo sauce

Ingredients to make the vegan buffalo sauce

fresh herbs in small bowls, mayo and yogurt in bowls to make homemade ranch dressing


  • Yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise.
  • Garlic powder.
  • Onion powder.
  • Salt
  • Fresh dill, parsley, and chives.


Mix the sauce and powders in a small bowl. Melt butter in a pan, then add the chickpeas and the sauce. Let them cook for about 3-5 minutes.


This recipe for homemade buffalo sauce can be doubled and stored in the refrigerator to use with-in other recipes like:

Crunchy cauliflower tacos

• To finish hummus

• To serve on top of some white bean quesadillas

How to make homemade vegan ranch dressing?

Remember the following points to make an amazing ranch dressing:

- Use fresh herbs for the best flavor.

- Chop the herbs finely or use a food processor.

- Adjust the taste by adding lime or lemon juice for acidity, or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for a tangy flavor.

Putting the salad together

And when you have the buffalo chickpeas and the vegan ranch dressing ready, the only thing left is to assemble the salad.

So, assemble a salad with romaine or kale, carrots, cucumber, and buffalo chickpeas, and drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of homemade ranch dressing.

Add other vegetables, such as peppers, celery, or green beans. You could chop everything and mix it for an over-the-sink salad or make a burrito with chickpeas, dressing, and veggies.

Buffalo Chickpeas with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Alejandra Graf
Indulge in the delightful flavors of a perfectly crafted salad featuring zesty buffalo chickpeas and a dollop of tangy homemade ranch dressing. This vibrant and refreshing salad is an ideal choice for a satisfying and nourishing lunch or dinner.
5 de 2 votos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 326 kcal


Buffalo Chickpeas

  • 1 ½ cup chickpeas or 1 can, drained
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chives or scallions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt I use vegan yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 bunch romaine washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped


  • Put all the sauce ingredients in a pan and mix so that the powders dissolve well. When they start to boil, add the chickpeas and leave for 5 minutes. Test and adjust the seasoning.
  • For the homemade ranch, in a medium bowl mix the ingredients and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, you may need more salt, more herbs or more garlic powder. Adjust the seasoning until delicous.
  • Make the salad by putting a bed of lettuce on a plate, then top with carrots, cucumber, and chickpeas. Finish by adding a tablespoon or two of ranch dressing.


  • For extra crunch, add some roasted sunflower seeds or chopped nuts to the salad.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less buffalo sauce.
  • Swap the mixed greens for your favorite leafy greens like spinach or kale.
  • Add avocado slices for a creamy texture


Serving: 1servingCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 1342mgPotassium: 477mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4333IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 136mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chickpea salad, homemade buffalo sauce, homemade ranch


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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