Does anyone love Trader Joe's Balela as much as I do? I swear I live on the stuff. I decided I had one of two options: buy some stock in Trader Joe's, or learn to make it myself! I'm super pleased with the results. The flavor is pretty spot on. It doesn't have quite the same zing of the Trader Joe's version because I don't have any citric acid... (what is citric acid anyway?) But the lemon and lime give it zing enough.
Please note that it's important to let this salad sit overnight in the fridge before serving. The flavors need a chance to settle in.
Oh, and I realize this isn't raw, but I don't eat 100% raw and this recipe is just too good not to post! :)
1 can chickpeas, drained
1/2 can black beans, drained
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup finely chopped tomato
2 Tbsp diced shallot
2 Tbsp diced parsley
1 Tbsp diced mint
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp all purpose seasoning (I used the Trader Joe's brand called "Everyday Seasoning" which is a combination of: sea salt, mustard seed, black pepper, coriander, onion, garlic, paprika and chili pepper.)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Let sit overnight in fridge, serve and enjoy!
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