Balela Salad – Trader Joe’s copycat recipe! Middle Eastern bean salad with veggies, fresh herbs, and a light citrus dressing. So easy, so delicious, and perfect for meal prep!
Happy Monday, guys! Let’s start this week healthy.
Because tomorrow I’ve got a cinnamon apple monkey bread and we are going to indulge.
How was the weekend?
Mine was pretty boring. I’m not even sure that I left the house.
The highlight was me freaking out for over an hour last night because I lost the memory card that had SIX RECIPES still on it. I had put it in the pocket of my sweatpants and then I started working on some yoga stuff and put it on my nightstand so that I wouldn’t lose it.
And yep, went looking for it not long after and it was GONE.
Found it in my running shoes an hour later.
Still don’t know how it happened but hey, I found it and now we have this Balela Salad to talk about.
The Best Meal Prep Containers
But first, can we talk about these Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE food storage containers?!
I’ve been meal prepping for years so I’m constantly looking for perfect, leak-proof food storage containers.
These are it.
The airtight latches are intense. Nothing’s getting in or out.
This particular set is the BRILLIANCE Snack & Salad Set and they are 100% leak proof*, BPA free, and the the trays are customizable to fit whatever you wanna take for lunch. They’re made from ultra-durable Tritan material and are stain and odor proof. Plus, they are also microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe!
This set comes with 2 food storage containers – the big container is the salad one. You can put your greens on the bottom tray and then it has a small container on top for your dressing. Plus, 2 sections for toppings that you don’t want to get soggy in your greens or snacks or whatever. And then the 2nd tray has 2 removable inserts so you can either use it as one big tray or separate your snacks like I did in these photos.
I’ve got big plans to make a batch of my spaghetti squash bolognese and use these for easy transport.
**Not applicable to internal compartments created by inserts
How to Make Balela Salad
If you want something delicious to make for your lunches this week, you should totally make this Balela Salad.
What’s Balela Salad?
It’s something at Trader Joe’s that I buy every time I’m there and then eat the entire thing as soon as I get home. And since our TJ’s is an hour away, I’ve had to learn to make it myself.
But really, it’s a super simple Middle Eastern bean salad that can really be a main dish or a side dish. Also perfect for meal prepping because it’s the kind of thing that gets better after a couple days in the fridge.
So it is chickpeas, black beans, halved grape tomatoes, diced red onion, fresh mint, and fresh parsley. The dressing is a vinaigrette made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and fresh lemon juice. It all gets tossed together and it’s one of those salads that seems to develop more flavor as it sits in the fridge.
I usually put it on a bed of greens and then just skip any sort of salad dressing because it’s that flavorful on it’s own.
More Delicious Salad Recipes
Greek Farro Salad – a salad featuring my favorite grain: farro! It is Greek-inspired so besides the farro, the recipe calls for cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese. Plus a delicious homemade light lemon dressing! This is delicious on it’s own as a side dish or you could add chicken and make it a meal.
Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Feta, and Pine Nuts – another delicious grain salad! This one has quinoa, fresh asparagus, kalamata olives, red onion, and fresh basil. It gets tossed with an easy lemon vinaigrette and topped with pine nuts. There are so many flavors and textures in this salad.
Quinoa and Brussels Sprouts Salad – quinoa, brussels sprouts, red onion, jalapeno, chickpeas, and cilantro tossed in a homemade mustard vinaigrette and topped with pine nuts. This delicious, healthy salad is great as a side or with chicken added!
- 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
- 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
- 1/2 cup fresh mint chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes, mint, and parsley.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and garlic. Pour over the chickpea mixture and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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