Arby’s Vegan Pecan Chicken Salad (Copycat)

Arbys Copycat Vegan Chicken-Less Pecan Chickpea Salad

Arby’s Vegan Pecan Chicken Salad :: As a vegan, it can be so frustrating when you see a commercial or advertisement for a chain restaurant food that looks incredible but you know you don’t dare eat it because it is made with animals.

Arby’s has a Limited Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich that just came back out (June 2020) and it is mouthwatering–full of apples, grapes and pecans. I knew immediately that I had to recreate it but vegan-style!

How do we create a Chicken-Less Pecan Salad?

Easy! We replace the chicken with chickpeas and the mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise.

What ingredients will you need?

  • Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo Beans)
  • Green Onions
  • Celery
  • Gala Apple
  • Red Grapes
  • Pecans
  • Vegan Mayonnaise (we like Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Dried Dill
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Are these ingredients easy to find?

Every ingredient, even vegan mayonnaise, is available at all major grocery stores nowadays.

Vegan mayonnaise brands to look for:

Be aware some of these are shelf stable and others, like Vegenaise, will be found refrigerated. The first three will be the most common.

Now that we have all of that out of the way, how do we create it?

  1. Mash your rinsed chickpeas in a large bowl
  2. Add the mayo, mustard, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  3. Mix well
  4. Add the diced celery, sliced green onion, chopped pecans, sliced red grapes and diced apple
  5. Mix well, gently
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour in a covered bowl

Arbys Vegan Pecan Chickpea Salad

An alternative method using a food processor with an ‘S’ blade

  1. Add the chickpeas, mayo, mustard, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the food processor
  2. Pulse until the chickpeas are broken down and the mayo & spices are mixed together; scaping down the sides as necessary
  3. Place into a large bowl
  4. Add the diced celery, sliced green onion, chopped pecans, sliced red grapes and diced apple
  5. Mix well, gently
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour in a covered bowl

How do you serve this Vegan Pecan Chicken Salad Arby’s style?

BREAD :: Arby’s uses a thick Honey Wheat Bread. As a vegan, we do not use honey so honestly, I say you pick whichever bread is your favorite. I used Nature’s Own Thick Sliced WhiteOpens in a new tab.. I also love using Dave’s Killer Good Seed BreadOpens in a new tab. for sandwiches. That bread is just good, period.

LETTUCE :: Arby’s uses green leafy lettuce. I used green leafy lettuce. I think the large green leaf from a head of romaine would also be nice.

Place the lettuce on top of the bottom piece of bread. Spread the chickpea salad over the lettuce. Top with the other piece of bread.

Arbys Copycat Vegan Chicken-Less Pecan Chickpea Salad
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Arby's Copycat Vegan Pecan Chicken Salad

All of the delicious flavors of Arby's Limited Pecan Chicken Salad but without animals!! Pecans, apples, grapes, chickpeas and more. Incredibly easy and a wonderful summer staple.
Prep Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arbys, Chickpeas, Copycat, Salad, Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Jen Horton


  • 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced small (1-2 stalks)
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup grapes, sliced
  • 1 gala apple, cored & diced small
  • 6 tbsp pecans, chopped (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (we like Follow Your Heart's Vegenaise)
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp dry dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground


  • In a large bowl, mash the rinsed chickpeas with a potato masher until mostly broken down.
  • Add the vegan mayo, mustard, dill, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Mix well.
  • Add the rest of your ingredients. Mix well but very gently.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.


Calcium: 24.5mg | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Vitamin A: 293IU | Sugar: 6.7g | Fiber: 9g | Potassium: 541mg | Calories: 350kcal | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Fat: 19.6g | Protein: 9.5g | Carbohydrates: 33.3g | Iron: 2.28mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @VeggL_VeganEatsOpens in a new tab. and let us know how it turned out!

How else can you serve it?

  • wrapped in a tortilla with green leafy lettuce
  • on top of crackers
  • with veggies like carrots and celery
  • on top of a salad
  • in lettuce cups

Curious if Arby’s serves any Vegan Options at their restaurant?

Visit our Arby’s Cheat Sheet!


VeggL (Jen and Ryan)

VeggL is the passion project of Jen & Ryan. Both vegan (Jen since 2012, Ryan since 2018), they wanted to help other vegans & plant based folks through an incredibly frustrating process--trying to figure out what you can eat & where in the US. Pictured w/ our pups, Mia & Chompers.

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