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Balela

I honestly can’t remember when I first tried this delicious salad, but after tasting it I was determined to recreate the recipe! Balela is a simple Middle Eastern chickpea salad which combines chickpeas and black beans with shallots, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. Then it’s dressed with a sweet-spicy lemon dressing for a hearty and healthy salad or side dish.

Balela is simple to prepare and can be ready in 15 minutes. While the beans are draining, I prepare the rest of the ingredients – chop the shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, and herbs, mince the garlic, zest and juice the lemon. The salad is hearty but bright with the fresh herbs and lemon flavors.

We like a little heat so cayenne pepper is a must-have. You can certainly omit if you don’t like things too spicy – it’ll still have a delicious flavor. One of the best things about this is that it’s easily scalable, and great at room temperature so it’s perfect to bring to a picnic or potluck.

Balela

Balela

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I love this Middle Eastern chickpea salad – it's super easy to prepare, and delicious as a side salad or as a topping for pita bread or chips!

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain the chickpeas and black beans.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the shallots and sun-dried tomatoes, mince the garlic. Add to a medium bowl.
  3. Add the chopped herbs, olive oil, honey, lemon zest and juice, and seasonings. Stir to combine everything.
  4. Taste and add any additional seasonings if needed.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 385mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 13gSugar: 17gProtein: 14g

Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary per preparation.

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