I am loving quick grab and go salads from Trader Joe's and other grocers, but cost and ingredient quality always makes me feel a little guilty for taking the short cut and that making them at home would be a better option. Like many things in life, homemade is best! What I have for you today is really a SUPER simple and easy salad to toss together, and like many things it tastes better after a day or so in the fridge - Balela Salad.
It is a delicious bean salad with bright lemon and refreshing parsley flavors. If you are a fan of tabbouleh or other Mediterranean salads, then this is right up your alley!
Balela means "cooked chickpea" and this is an outstanding way to get in more plant based protein and fiber into your day. It makes a great side or snack and is very versatile in that you can add to a salad in lieu of dressing, or mix in with pasta, rice, or quinoa for a more full-bodied main dish. You can use it as stuffing in stuffed tomatoes, in pita pockets, or on top of a flatbread for a simple pizza idea. If you eat meat, grilled chicken breast would compliment this nicely.
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