Balela salad

    25 min

    This is a Middle Eastern-style chickpea and black bean salad that is full of flavour. This will taste best of you use fresh herbs and leave the flavours to meld for a few hours before serving. Chunks of feta cheese make a nice addition.

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    Serves: 10 

    • For the bean salad
    • 2 (400g) tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 2 (400g) tins black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 15g freshly chopped mint
    • 30g freshly chopped parsley
    • 80g finely diced onion
    • 300g cherry tomatoes, halved
    • For the dressing
    • 1 chilli pepper, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 60ml olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:25min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a salad bowl, lightly stir chickpeas, black beans, mint, parsley, onion and cherry tomatoes together.
    2. To make the dressing: Place chilli pepper, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and cider vinegar into a blender; process until thoroughly combined. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to mix. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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    Like Lori, I came on here looking for Balela salad after trying it at Trader Joe's. I agree that this is far better, although theirs was good enough to inspire me to find a recipe! I'm not normally an ingredient snob, but this recipe demands the best ingredients possible. Grape tomatoes generally have more flavor than typical store bought tomatoes, so that is not an area I would skimp on by using diced tomatoes (or egad! canned!). It takes a few extra minutes to half those grape tomatoes, but well worth it, in my view. Use the best olive oil you can find. I might roll my eyes at that suggestion in another recipe, but for this one, your choice of oil is going to make a difference. Trader Joe's California olive oil was my choice for this. It has a strong, fresh, peppery flavor that complements the other ingredients perfectly. I suggest you make it exactly as written before changing anything. The feta cheese suggestion sounds tempting, but this recipe is so well balanced I would hesitate to modify anything. Perhaps offer it on the side?  -  21 Aug 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great and quick recipe with lots of flavor. When I make it again, I will use red onions for more pop in flavor. I added an additional tablespoon of lemon juice and feta cheese this time around. Yum!  -  14 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yum! This dish was fantastic. The flavors tasted so fresh and blended with each other perfectly. I used all fresh veggies and herbs from my garden and it was so easy and fast to throw together.  -  19 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)