Balela Bean Salad With Arugula

Healthy Balela Bean Salad with fresh arugula, veggies, and a zesty dressing, perfect for a light and refreshing lunch or dinner, make it now and enjoy!

This refreshing Balela bean salad is packed with a medley of fresh flavors and textures! The creamy beans team up with peppery arugula, crunchy vegetables, and a hint of mint, all tied together with a zesty lemon-cumin dressing.

It’s the perfect side dish or light lunch for a sunny day.

Ready Time

9 hrs 50 mins


8 servings


  • 1 cup dried Balela beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 2 cups chopped fresh arugula
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Rinse the soaked and drained Balela beans, then place them in a large bowl.

Add the chopped arugula, parsley, red bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion to the bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and ground cumin.

Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture, and toss to combine.

Stir in the chopped fresh mint.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Just before serving, give the salad a good stir and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Serve chilled, garnished with additional parsley if desired.


Balela beans can be substituted with cranberry beans or pinto beans if you can’t find them.

Make sure to soak the Balela beans overnight, as it will reduce the cooking time significantly.

Don’t over-chop the parsley, arugula, and mint, as you want to maintain their freshness and texture in the salad.

Adjust the amount of red pepper to your desired level of spiciness.

If you’re not a fan of cumin, you can substitute it with smoked paprika or ground coriander for a different flavor profile.

This salad can be made ahead of time, but it’s best consumed within a day or two for optimal freshness and flavor.

Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients like chopped tomatoes, carrots, or avocado to make it more substantial.

This recipe makes 8 servings, so it’s perfect for a large gathering or party.

You can easily halve the ingredients for a smaller crowd.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 220
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 15g
Balela Bean Salad With Arugula
Balela Bean Salad With Arugula

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