If a fresh, vibrant salad is calling your name this summer, then I have got the perfect recipe for you! My Best Ever Balela Salad is a Middle Eastern-style salad that is full of fresh flavors, fun textures, and NEVER gets soggy! Serve this salad with pita chips, in pita pockets, or simply eat it on its own. When it comes to a Balela Salad, there’s no wrong way to enjoy it.
Friends, we are t-minus 3 months away from the launch of my debut cookbook, LOVE TO EAT. Can you believe it?! I can’t believe it’s coming so soon, and it really feels as if time is flying by. It feels like just yesterday I was writing the initial draft, and now it’s almost in your hands. The thought feels absolutely surreal!
But part of the reason I am so excited about LOVE TO EAT is not just because I’ll be able to officially call myself a cookbook author. Rather, I am so excited because while the book is full of over 75+ delicious recipes, it is chock-full of Middle Eastern-style recipes that truly make my heart so warm!
In case you didn’t know, I am Armenian and grew up eating Armenian and Middle Eastern dishes. From kofta kebabs to falafel, Middle Eastern food holds a very special place in my heart, and anytime that I get to share a recipe from my culture, I am so excited. So, knowing that the book is full of so many nostalgic recipes that come straight from my family and my heart means more to me than I can put into words.
But until the book comes out, I’m excited to share more Middle Eastern-style recipes here. So, without further ado, let’s get into this recipe, shall we?!
If you aren’t familiar with Balela Salad, it’s a Middle Eastern-style salad that generally includes chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes, onion, parsley, garlic, mint, sumac, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper! It’s super simple and delicious, and as I mentioned above, the best part about it: it doesn’t get soggy!
Because this salad is lettuce-free, it will last for up to a week, when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. In fact, as this salad sits, the flavors will develop more over-time, making this salad even more delicious. And how often can you say that about a salad?!
Traditionally, you can find this salad served as a side dish, or stuffed into a pita pocket and topped with your favorite protein. Personally, I love to eat it scooped with pita chips. It makes for a simple, easy, and delicious snack!
You only need a few simple ingredients to bring this salad recipe to life! When you see just how easy it is to put together, you will want to add this recipe to your weekly repertoire. 😉
Making this salad is totally a breeze! Simply start by washing, chopping, and preparing all of your produce; drain and rinse your chickpeas and black beans, chop your herbs, onion, and cherry tomatoes, and add all of your produce to a large bowl.
Next, prepare your dressing by adding all of your dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust your seasonings as desired.
Finally, pour your dressing over your produce and toss until the dressing fully coats all of the salad ingredients. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy!!
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