This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad called Balela Salad, is vegan and healthy! Made w/ finely chopped veggies, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve it in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens.

This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad called Balela Salad, is vegan and healthy! Made w/ finely chopped veggies, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve it in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com #chickpeasalad #veganchickpeasalad #balela #balelasalad

This hearty refreshing Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad, called Balela (bah-lay-la) is bursting with zesty flavor. Served over a bed of greens it makes for a light healthy, vegan and gluten-free meal.  But I love it best spooned into whole wheat pita bread or folded into a tortilla and drizzled with creamy tahini sauce for a delicious, portable wrap. Add feta cheese if you like, or keep it light, lean and vegan.
It tastes bright and flavorful from loads of mint and parsley and a zesty lemony dressing. Here I’ve added sumac which also bumps up the zesty flavor, but please don’t let this stop you from making this — it’s good without too! Simple to make, Balela keeps for days in the fridge for 4 days and becomes our “go-to” during busy work weeks.

A simple & delicious recipe for a Balela Salad Wrap, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a tortilla with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

Use 3 cups of fresh cooked chickpeas, remembering if you live in the Northwest, we grown our own lovely chickpeas here, in the Palouse, so try to seek them out. Soak and cook.  Or, alternately use 2 cans, drained and rinsed. For veggies, add bell pepper, cucumber and tomatoes when in season. Mint, parsley and scallions give it a burst of flavor.

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A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

I really load it up with herbs- not only flavorful but full of nutrients.

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

Place everything in a bowl, then drizzle with oil, lemon, salt and pepper and toss.

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

Sometimes I also make tacos out of it.

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a wrap with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

A simple & delicious recipe for Balela Salad, made w/ finely chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com

 

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This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad called Balela Salad, is vegan and healthy! Made w/ finely chopped veggies, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve it in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens. | www.feastingathome.com #chickpeasalad #veganchickpeasalad #balela #balelasalad

Balela Salad


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This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad called Balela Salad, is vegan and healthy! Made w/ finely chopped veggies, fresh herbs, lemon & olive oil. Serve it in a pita with tahini sauce or over greens.


Ingredients

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  • 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans- ( 2 cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 red bell pepper-diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper-diced
  • 1 cup chopped vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 5 scallions, sliced on the diagonal
  • ½ cup to 1 cup fresh mint- chopped
  • ½ cup to 1 cup Italian parsley – chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sumac ( optional)
  • ¼½ teaspoon cayenne or aleppo chili flakes
  • Optional sides –toasted pita bread, or tortilla wraps, baba ganoush, tahini sauce for drizzling, hummus, crumbled feta or a big bed a of greens.

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Toss well and taste, adjusting salt, lemon, and spice level.
  3. Serve with salad greens or pita and tahini sauce,

Notes

Keeps up to 4 days in the fridge!


Nutrition

  • Calories: 256

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I had no mint or sumac so I omitted those. Also reduced the olive oil as I don’t like it too oily. It was a hit with my dinner guests! Will definitely make it again.

  2. Love how fresh the salad was I added a little more mint but very very good and made a wrap with tahini sauce excellent thank you

  3. Had to omit the tomatoes, and cut the olive oil by half. This was easy to make, delicious, and perfect with toasted naan. I’m going to serve this when friends come over! Also would be great for work lunches.

  4. I really enjoyed this, but 1/2 cup olive oil was way over the top. I suspect 1/4 cup might even be excessive, so next time I’ll start with 1/8. Also added a healthy splash of aged balsamic vinegar for the win.

  5. Great recipe! Substituted a few bits for young children to eat, no onion or pepper, used paprika spice instead of cayenne. Added a piece of chicken and it made a great dinner! Or enjoyed alone for a good lunch/snack.

  6. Love this balala salad! Served with chicken shawarma as a side. Delicious, and so fresh. Also Sylvia, you can style a bowl of soup like nobody’s business! Made your Thai broccoli soup the other day, it’s my favorite.

  7. Super easy to make and so tasty. Lasted well for lunches through the week. Will be on regular rotation.

  8. I’m currently eating a bowl of this as I type this – 10/10 this recipe is SO GOOD! And I have to admit, I normally eat pretty unhealthily but I’m trying to change that, and this salad was calling my name so I made and DANGGGGGG, I made it with onion powder and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic and onion, and I added a lot of coriander, and accidentally too much red pepper flakes haha and drizzled it with tahini and BOY OH BOY is it good!

  9. I made this a couple of weeks ago for a potluck and I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m making it again on Friday. This may have to be a weekly thing.

  10. This was my dinner tonight, along with some homemade baked pita chips. It was delicious, and I am looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. Thanks so much!

  11. This looks delicious! Do you have a favorite brand of tahini paste? I’d like to try and make my own tahini sauce.

    Thanks!