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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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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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

300 calories; protein 11.1g 22% DV; carbohydrates 39.7g 13% DV; fat 11.5g 18% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 626.5mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2016
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 kick. The flavors were still excellent. A terrific recipe with lots of room to change it up as needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2014
Great for Mediterranean Diet! Even our daughter who is picky on her vegetables gave a thumbs up to this salad. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2016
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 kick. The flavors were still excellent. A terrific recipe with lots of room to change it up as needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2015
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 no matter how strict their dietary limitations, puts this on my list of favorite potluck recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2018
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 green peppers and a carrot. Then I added a large can of diced tomatoes 1/4 cup red wine/ 1/4 cup vegetable broth 1/2 bag of frozen chopped spinach two stalks parsley a tablespoon of cumin and half teaspoons of thyme and basil. After an hour of simmering I added a rinsed can of garbanzo beans and a rinsed can of black beans. I let the whole mixture heat through for 10 minutes and served on a bed of brown rice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2018
Great recipe. I made it as is and my family gave it thumbs up. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2016
Great recipe as is. I have added fresh mint and lemon zest as well. Filling and healthy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2015
Great summer salad Read More