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Balela Salad Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Bright, flavor-packed Mediterranean chickpea salad with chopped veggies, lots of herbs, and favorites like olives and sun-dried tomatoes. A zesty dressing brings it all together! A simple recipe from #balela #chickpeasalad #mediterraneanfood #mediterraneanrecipe

Balela Salad


This festive and wholesome Balela Salad is a Middle Eastern favorite! Filled with tons of nutrition from chickpeas and chopped veggies. And packs lots of flavor from fresh herbs, a zesty dressing, and Mediterranean favorites like olives and sun-dried tomatoes. A must-try!


  • 3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups grape tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), slice in halves if you like, or leave whole
  • 3-5 green onions, both white and green parts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (use ones that have been preserved in jars with olive oil)
  • 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped mint or basil leaves

For Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and black pepper, a generous pinch to your taste
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • 1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)


  • In a large bowl, mix together the salad ingredients: chickpeas, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and fresh herbs.
  • In a separate smaller bowl or jar, mix together the dressing ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper, and spices.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix gentle to coat. Leave aside for 30 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, give the salad a quick mix and taste to adjust seasoning if at all needed. Enjoy!


  • Turn your babela into a meal! This wholesome, nutrition-packed salad can easily be turned into a meal. Serve it in warm pita pockets with a drizzle of tahini. Or add it to an impressive vegetarian mezze platter with baba ganoush and roasted red pepper hummus.
  • Recommended for this recipe: Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives). And from our all-natural spice collection: Sumac and Aleppo Pepper.
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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Balela salad, Middle Eastern salad, healthy salad