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A bowl of Moroccan dense bean salad.

This thick white bean salad It's packed with cannellini beans and chickpeas, roast chicken, fresh herbs and classic Moroccan flavours. Inspired by Violet Witchel's TikTok series, this recipe is a great option for making a meal, with leftovers that keep well in the fridge for days.

A bowl of thick Moroccan bean salad.

If you’re like me, your social media feed is full of food.

Whether it's trendy cooking hacks or classic recipes, I'm always overwhelmed by how many talented creators there are out there. And when I discovered Violet Witchel's TikTokI was totally fascinated by it.

Her recipes have a perfect balance between nutritious and tasty, especially when it comes to salads.

She recently started sharing a series called “Dense Bean Salads” or “DBS,” a concept that combines canned beans with lots of fresh herbs and some other form of protein. The result is the most filling and satisfying salad I've ever had.

While the recipe that inspired mine was created around the flavors of chimmichurri, I decided to draw on my love of Moroccan cuisine for my take on the DBS trend.

This thick white bean salad combines my favorite ras el hanout chicken thighs with canned cannellini beans, chickpeas, roasted red peppersfresh herbs and feta cheese. All this is mixed together and covered with a lemon flavor Harissa get dressed.

It's so good and so filling that it almost seems wrong to call it a salad.

Bowls of beans, feta, chicken and more.Bowls of beans, feta, chicken and more.

What you will need

For the salad:

  • ras el hanout roast chicken legs (can also be substituted with roast chicken), diced
  • shallot, diced
  • coriander, chopped
  • chopped parsley
  • roasted red peppersdrained and diced
  • chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Optional: crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • Harissa
  • garlic clove, grated
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil

The complete list of ingredients with exact quantities is given in the recipe card below.

How to Make This White Bean Salad

Tip: Make sure you use a sharp blade knife when preparing salad, because you have to cut and chop a lot!

A bowl with feta, chickpeas, scallions and more.A bowl with feta, chickpeas, scallions and more.

A fantastic recipe for meal prep

One of my favorite ways to use this salad, as per Violet’s directions, is as a meal prep! Due to the thick nature of the recipe, it keeps exceptionally well in the fridge for several days.

Whether you’re a fan of meal prepping or are looking to get back into the game (hi, that’s me!), her recipes are a great source of inspiration.

They take a lot of the guesswork out of meal planning for the week, whether you use them for lunch, dinner, or just a quick, high-protein snack. They are some of the best leftovers I've ever had.

A bowl of thick Moroccan bean salad.A bowl of thick Moroccan bean salad.

Mix your DBS

The beauty of Violet’s dense bean salad concept is its versatility. You can take the base of canned beans, some other form of protein, and fresh herbs and go in any flavor direction you want.

Here are some ideas:

  • Make it vegetarian/vegan: Feel free to omit the chicken and feta entirely to make this salad vegan/vegetarian friendly.
  • Change the protein: If you don't like chickpeas or prefer northern white beans to cannellini beans, feel free to substitute them. You can also use steak or roast chicken instead of ras el hanout chicken that I use in this recipe.
  • Play with spices: I'm leaning heavily on my favorite Moroccan flavors here, but you can easily take the ingredients in another direction here. Try using a different spice blend on the chicken, and use your favorite fresh herbs!

Quick Substitutes

I also want to point out that some of the Moroccan ingredients listed (Harissa, ras el hanout (The seasoning) in my recipe may not be available to you, so feel free to substitute as needed!

Here are my favorite substitutes for these basic ingredients:

A bowl of thick Moroccan bean salad.A bowl of thick Moroccan bean salad.

More substantial salads

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Description

This thick white bean salad It's packed with cannellini beans and chickpeas, roast chicken, fresh herbs and classic Moroccan flavours. Inspired by Violet Witchel's TikTok series, this recipe is a great option for making a meal, with leftovers that keep well in the fridge for days.


For the salad:

For the dressing:


  1. Roast the chicken. Follow the steps in this recipe to roast chicken. Continue making the salad while the chicken is cooking. If using roast chicken, cut it into cubes.
  2. Chop all the vegetables and herbs. Chop the coriander, parsley, dice the shallot and roasted red peppersWhen it's ready, also cut the chicken into cubes.
  3. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing. In a large bowl, combine Harissagarlic, lemon juice and oil. Beat together until smooth.
  4. Add everything to the bowl. In the large bowl with the dressing add the chicken, cilantro, parsley, shallot, roasted red pepperschickpeas, cannellini beans, and feta (if using). Mix together with the dressing and enjoy!

Notes

Feel free to omit the chicken and feta entirely to make this salad vegan/vegetarian friendly.

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