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Balela – Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

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Here is a dish that that is tangy, with a hint of spice and everything nice. You could have this as a salad or could make for a side dish too. This recipe is inspired from snack that i purchased at costco (pita pal organic balela). We absolutely love it and I feel its a lot more cost effective to make it at home.

Balela is a middle eastern dish and its brings forward a lot of the flavors from the area. You can experiment with this dish with the spices of your choice too to bring in a new twist. Here is the recipe that I love and I would encourage you to make it your own!

Balela - Chickpea and blackbean salad_1Balela - Chickpea and blackbean salad_2For the Salad:

  • 1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup diced shallots
  • 1/4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil (from drained sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • salt & pepper as per taste

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients: garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, mint, parsley, sumac, salt and pepper.Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • In a separate large bowl, toss chickpeas, black beans, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes together.
  • Pour dressing over and gently toss to combine. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to soak in.
  • Sprinkle feta and avocado on top if desired.

Would love to hear your ideas/thoughts/suggestions/comments. Feel free to chime in below 🙂


  1. Gloria says

    Made balela salad, with all ingredients from your recipe except sumac. Mine somewhat bland, not spicy like the Pita Pal version. Do you think if I add sumac it will make a big difference? Thanks

    • svaddi says

      Hi Gloria, I’m so sorry I should have got back to you earlier and the recipe didn’t satisfy you as is. Sumac is a nice addition to a Mediterranean dish and it definitely enhances the flavor. However, that will not help blandness in balela. Have u tried readjusting seasoning as per your taste? and add few more drops on lemon juice until it suits your taste.

  2. Gloria says

    My balela salad is bland, did not add the sumac. Will that make a significant difference?

  3. Dan says

    Adding a little finely minced jalapeno pepper gives it a bit more of a kick like the costco version has. One medium sized jalapeno, seeds removed, and really finely minced. Sumac will just add a little more citrusy tang and some smokey woody flavors.

  4. Wow, thank you so much! I found this while searching for a recipe online after our Costco stopped carrying it. Also, your photography is stunningly gorgeous!

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