Recipe By fredswife2
Published Jul 10th
Middle Eastern Balela Salad
Prep 20m Cook - Additional 30m Ready In 50m
Servings 4 servings Calories 265.9

Middle Eastern chickpea and black bean salad flavored with fresh herbs. Super simple and refreshing!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and fresh coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Stir chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and mint together in a large bowl.
  2. 2 Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt, and ground pepper together in a bowl; pour over chickpea mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate salad until flavors blend, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 265.9
  • Carbohydrate 38.6 g
  • Fat 8.2 g
  • Fiber 11.9 g
  • Protein 11.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.2 g
  • Sodium 665.5 mg
  • Sugar 2.6 g


  1. so easy and simple yet so delicious! pairs so nicely with Mujadarrah and chicken. The only thing I did differently was to added dried mint out of convenience. don't skip the mint! dried mint works just as well. keeper recipe
  2. Used more lemon and added black olives.
  3. Really good! I added some extra things that we like-green peppers black olives and toasted couscous. Also added a bit more lemon juice. Really easy healthy and refreshing.
  4. A new family staple. I prepare from dry beans using a little vegetable bouillon for their cooking. Fresh mint definitely adds to the flavor. As is the recipe is a solid four stars; adding feta at serving time makes it five.
  5. This salad is super tasty! Came across a different recipe that called for mint and jalapeno pepper and didn't have any and for this recipe the mint was optional so I decided to make this one instead. Changed tomatoes to grape tomatoes and red onion to regular sweet onion because I didn't have any of - Read more ...
  6. Very good! I used dried parsley and dried mint so I used them to taste. Nice and refreshing salad that I would make again! Thanks for sharing.:)