a bowl of creamy bean salad
Make Delicious No-Chicken Salad With One Vegetarian Swap
If you're looking for a way to make vegetarian-friendly chicken salad, forget tofu, plant-based "chicken" products, and chickpeas, because kidney beans are the ideal ingredient.
With their mild flavor, kidney beans can take on the salad's other ingredients without overwhelming them. The beans are also packed with protein, similar to chicken.
Kidney beans also have a thick skin and the insides turn soft when cooked, providing a contrasting texture with the salad's crunchy ingredients.
Be sure to drain off any liquid from the beans to prevent a watery consistency, and rinse off any excess liquid along with salts before assembling the rest of your salad.