Balela Salad stars chickpeas, black beans, and fresh herbs in a lemony dressing. This Trader Joe's copycat version is ready in 15 minutes.
I first fell in love with Balela after purchasing it at Trader Joe's. This Middle Eastern chickpea salad is hearty and loaded with incredible flavors.
And while the store-bought version is convenient, it's much more affordable to make Balela Salad at home. Plus it makes a large quantity which is great for both make-ahead meals and feeding a crowd.
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's a simple salad that's bursting with fresh flavors from lemon, parsley, and mint.
- It's easy to make in 15 minutes.
- It makes a large batch and is more economical than buying it pre-made from Trader Joe's.
- chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- black beans
- fresh parsley
- fresh mint
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- lemon juice
- cayenne pepper
- Traditionally sprinkled on hummus for a tart, lemony flavor with notes of sour cherry and cranberry
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This Middle Eastern style bean salad can be adjusted to suit your taste and the ingredients you have on hand.
- Skip the black beans and make it with three cans of chickpeas instead of two.
- Substitute red bell pepper in place of the tomatoes.
- Add sliced green or black olives or sun-dried tomatoes.
- Use green onions or red onion in place of the white.
- Try it with fresh chili pepper or dried Aleppo pepper instead of cayenne.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Balela Salad is easy to assemble. Simply combine the ingredients in a large bowl, whisk the dressing, and toss it with the salad.
Balela can be enjoyed on its own or with other dishes. Try it with some bread and Vegan Yogurt Sauce.
Leftover salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
If you aren't able to purchase sumac for this recipe, you can substitute a little fresh lemon zest or lemon pepper.
Don't worry. Poison sumac is related to poison ivy and poison oak, but not the herb we're using in this recipe.
Balela is an Arabic word meaning cooked chickpeas.
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Balela Salad (Trader Joe's Copycat)
For the salad:
- Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake to combine. (Or whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl.)
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to combine.
- Enjoy right away, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.