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Balela (Chickpea and Black Bean Salad)

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"A quick, simple, and nutritious salad! Balela is a Middle Eastern salad with chickpeas, black beans, parsley, and spices. There are variations that use mint, cumin, and other flavorings, but this one is pretty basic. Feel free to experiment! The salad is very healthy with plenty of protein and fiber from the beans. Serve with good rough peasant bread and red wine."
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30 m servings 300
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Combine garbanzo beans, black beans, tomatoes, onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Allow to sit for flavors to blend, 15 to 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Best served at room temperature but will keep for days in the refrigerator.
  • Two tablespoons bottled lemon juice can replace the freshly squeezed lemon if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 300 calories; 11.5 39.7 11.1 0 626 Full nutrition

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Great for Mediterranean Diet! Even our daughter who is picky on her vegetables gave a thumbs up to this salad.

Great recipe as is!..but when I wanted a Tex-Mex flavor to pair with a party we had planned, I changed the lemon to lime and the parsley to cilantro--you can even throw in a jalapeño for extra k...

I made many changes and maybe this is a different recipe. I left out the onion as one person in my household cannot eat onions. First, I sautéed about half a garlic bulb, two stalks celery, two ...

Great recipe. I made it as is, and my family gave it thumbs up.

Great recipe as is. I have added fresh mint and lemon zest as well. Filling and healthy.

Great summer salad

I recently made this for a potluck. I got so many compliments on it, it really made my night. that, plus the fact that it's so ridiculously simple and is something that almost everyone can eat n...