Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{Recipe} Balela

I have this love hate relationship with Costco. Just when I become dependent on a product they carry, they decide to discontinue it. That's how this recipe for Balela, or Mediterranean chickpea salad came about.
I bought a tub of this stuff to serve during Easter lunch and just loved it.  It's high in protein and perfect for snacking. I went back this week to grab more and sure enough, they were all out.
Luckily, I still had the container from the original tub I bought so I just looked at the ingredient list.  I didn't have everything in my pantry but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.
With a few modifications, my own recipe for chickpea salad was born. This is super easy and fast to make. It's a great alternative to chips and salsa or chips and dip. This is delicious with pita bread, pita chips or crackers as an appetizer. It is also great as a side dish to rotisserie chicken or mixed with some salad greens. I suggest letting it marinate for a couple hours so the flavors really blend together.

Balela ( Mediterranean chickpea salad)

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil ( I used garlic infused olive oil)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Black pepper and kosher salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Allow to marinate for a couple hours or overnight. Serve with pita bread triangles.


  1. I don't think all Costco discontinued it. My store did, but my mother can still get it in SC. I was so heartbroken by the empty balela shelf, that I finally wrote to my Costco store via their suggestion box. I hope you will do the same. Maybe if enough requests come through, they will reorder it. Thank you for the recipe though, I am whipping it up tonight.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe I just need to check another Costco if I happen to pass another one. Thanks for the suggestion. Let me know how your Balela turned out.