Mediterranean Balela Salad is a wonderful chickpea salad made with tons of fresh flavors like lemon, parsley, and garlic. It’s a great side dish but would also make an excellent light lunch with the addition of some grilled chicken or shrimp.
Balela is a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern salad that contains chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), tomato, onion, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and parsley. I’ve eaten a version of this with black beans in addition to the chickpeas, but even though I like black beans, I prefer it without them.
What’s great about this salad is how fresh and bright it is. It’s a perfect accompaniment to grilled kabobs, gyro sandwiches, and other tasty Mediterranean dishes. Whenever I make Greek chicken pita sandwiches at home, I serve it with homemade hummus, tzatziki sauce, and this balela salad for a light, healthy dinner.
Not only is this salad delicious, it’s a cinch to make. There is a lot of chopping involved, but it only takes about 10-15 minutes and it’s ready. You could serve it right away, but it gets better and better the longer it has rested in the fridge. I like it best the day after I make it!
Love chickpeas? Try my Chickpea & Cauliflower Curry. It’s a great Indian side dish or hearty, vegetarian entree.
- Sumac is a maroon colored spice that adds a tangy, lemony flavor. It’s perfect in this salad and is amazing sprinkled over hummus.
- 15.5 oz can chickpeas
- ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- ¼ cup red onion, minced
- 1 Roma tomato, chopped
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp. sumac
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, stir to combine. Add salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.