Gluten Free Balela (Middle Eastern Chickpeas & Black Bean Salad)

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

A healthy Mediterranean salad loaded with protein is delicious!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0

Serves 6 to 8 people


Fresh mint, onion, garlic, lemon zest, fresh feta, chickpeas, and black beans create such a refreshing and nourishing treat!

Balela is packed with antioxidants, minerals, vitamin, protein and fiber... all those required nutrients to sustain a health lifestyle.

It is on of those salads that are so easy to make. It develops a deeper flavor as it rests in refrigerator. The sweetness of the tomatoes, the spicy notes from the jalapeño and onions, the refreshing mint...all come together in a healthy yet satisfying salad.

Let’s make it!


  • 1 15 oz. can of Bush’s Black Beans (drained and rinsed)

  • 1 16 oz. can of Bush’s Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

  • 0.5 oz. of fresh mint (chopped)

  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley (chopped)

  • 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)

  • 2 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)

  • 15 grape tomatoes (halved)

  • 2 lemons ( juice of)

  • 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

  • the zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 jalapeño (seeded and chopped)

  • Salt & pepper rose taste

  • 1 cup of feta cubes (optional)


  1. In a non-reactive bowl add the rinsed chickpeas, black beans, onions, garlic, parsley, mint, lemon zest, jalapeño, and tomatoes.

  2. Using a wooden spoon, mix gently.

  3. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper to taste, and vinegar. Toss gently.

  4. Plate and garnish with the feta cheese.

  5. Enjoy!!!

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