This is a Middle Eastern-style bean salad that is full of flavor.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a salad bowl, lightly mix together the garbanzo beans, black beans, mint, parsley, onion, and grape tomatoes.

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  • Place the jalapeno pepper, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar into a blender, and blend until thoroughly combined. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss to mix; sprinkle with salt and black pepper to serve.

Nutrition Facts

206.4 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 29.8g 10% DV; fat 6.4g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 499.2mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
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? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/30/2016
Maybe my taste buds are different but I just was not a fan at all Read More
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128 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
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? Read More
(79)
Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2012
Like some others I tried this recipe after having Trader Joe's Balela Salad. This recipe is not exactly the same (Trader Joe's uses sumac spice) but is very tasty and I will make it again. I made this without the jalapeno and was happy with the result. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2015
Absolutely delicious! Don't change a thing and remember that this just isn't a salad where you can substitute canned tomatoes or dried herbs and get the same flavor, fresh is the only way to go here on the veggies and herbs. Thanks for sharing this one! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2012
This salad was delicious. Next time I will add a little more lemon juice and finely chopped tomatoes (or even a can of diced tomatoes) instead of halving grape tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2019
Perfect as is! I hold the tomatoes out until I am ready to eat the salad. That way it lasts longer in the refrigerator. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2012
I loved the ease of this recipe! I think I would use another white bean next time and only one can of garbanzo. I am eating this for lunch this week. Would be great wth feta cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2011
The mint and the jalapeno pepper really added some spark to the taste of this salad. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/30/2016
Maybe my taste buds are different but I just was not a fan at all Read More
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