Lentil and Chickpea Salad w/ Mustard Dressing Print Recipe Print Recipe


Someday’s, I can easily convince myself that we’re ready for baby number two. Seeing newborn photos flood my newsfeed just tugs at my ovaries. Realistically, it’s not going to happen – intentional, but if I had my way, I’d have a huge family. I love kids and I love being a mom.

But I also love the flexibility of having just one and then still getting settled into my job. Still figuring it all out. I’ll just have to get my fix elsewhere.

Speaking of being a mom & having babies, today is our friend Aggie’s virtual baby shower! SURPRISE lady!! I’m so ridiculously excited for you. If we weren’t so far, I’d be offering to babysit in a heartbeat.

I love this blogging community. I met Aggie several years back at a conference in Park City. She’s one of the kindest & most genuine women I know. As you can see from the long list below, she’s well loved. When they did my virtual shower a while back, she did such a wonderful post with a list of her favorite kid books. Agreed, perfect start for a new mom.



I love this salad for many reasons, but one of them being it’s so perfect for any kind of shower or party. It’s beautiful, healthy, delicious and passes most, if not all allergy tests.

If you don’t have mason jars, this still looks delicious in salad bowl or layered in individual bowls.

These also make for great (and convenient) lunches at the office. I’ve done this a few times and what’s awesome is you add the dressing, screw on the lid, give it a good shake and it’s lunch. I know Aggie loves her salads and figured this would be appropriate for her special day.




This is one of the best showers I’ve been to. I mean, look at all this amazing food!

Below are all the delicious recipes to what everyone made for this special celebration, which I highly recommend you check out.


Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook



Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Mustard Dressing

makes 4 layered salads



  • 4 small handfuls of spinach leaves, divided
  • 1 can of lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 English cucumber, quartered & sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 small handfuls of fresh arugula, divided
  • Shaved parmesan cheese
  • Ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of dijon mustard (I used a dijon/horseradish mustard)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste


If you want to set this up in a mason jar, I would suggest using a smaller, but wide jar.  You don’t want too tall & narrow or else it’ll be hard to get the fork in. If you don’t have a mason jars you can always layer this in a salad bowl. The other option is to have all the ingredients placed in separate bowls and have your guests build their own. You’ve got options.

One salad at a time, start with the spinach. Then layer a few spoonfuls of lentils and garbanzo beans. Stack slices of cucumber, and then add a handful of tomato halves. Top with fresh arugula.

In case there are any dairy allergies, you can keep the cheese on the side. If not, add the parmesan and some ground pepper – ties all the ingredients together nicely.

To make the dressing: In a small bowl, add garlic cloves, mustard, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and mix together. Continue to whisk, while you pour in the olive oil. Season with salt + pepper.

When you’re ready, set out the mason jars (or salad bowl/s) and dressing in a container and guests can help themselves.

Serve and Enjoy!


*gluten-free *dairy-free (without the cheese) *vegetarian





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  • Sheila Johnson

    Gorgeous! Love using jars for party food! Your salad looks so good Lisa, I want it for breakfast 😉

  • Liz DellaCroce

    I want to dive into this salad!! Thank you so much for participating Lisa!! xo

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    What a perfect salad for a baby shower! Or really anything! It sounds delicious!

  • Shelly (Cookies and Cups)

    Love salads in a jar…so great to take! Also, so smart using lentils! I would have never thought of that!
    Such a sweet shower for Aggie!

  • Rachel Cooks

    I LOVE these! Perfect for a baby shower…or lunch today… 😉

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Oooo fit me in that jar!

  • Marly

    I can’t decide which one I like better – lentil and chickpea salad or that yummy looking mustard dressing. Yum! It’s so fun to be a part of this event with you!

  • Christine Pittman

    I really love the parmesan shavings in this salad, and the dressing sounds amazing!

  • Katie

    This looks so good! I love the individual containers–perfect for entertaining!

  • azestybite

    What a beautiful salad and I love that you put it in a jar.

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    This looks amazing, Lisa! I know Aggie LOVES chickpeas and would love this salad! Really wish this shower was live & in person. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Suzanne

    I love how you incorporated so many round foods into the salad! Makes for a cool presentation.

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Love jarred salads! So fancy and delicious 🙂

  • CookinCanuck

    What a beautiful salad, Lisa! This is something that I could eat day after day. And your lighting in your pictures is so pretty.

  • http://theviewfromthegreatisland.blogspot.com/ theviewfromGreatIsland

    Just beautiful…I made layered 7 bean salads at the beginning of the season and I’m hooked on them now.

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Gorgeous salad, love that dressing. And, of course, your use of jars! 😉

  • marla

    LOVE these petite salads!!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    What a divine salad! So packed full of protein!

  • Sandy@RE

    Sounds delicious, Lisa! Perfect for a shower!

  • Kate Ramos

    What a lovely salad! This would be perfect for picnics too!

  • Flavia

    This salad looks wonderful. Lentils and chickpeas are *very* Italian and I grew up eating them all the time. The dressing sounds marvelous. Great flavors and I love the presentation. Bravissima!

  • http://www.aidamollenkamp.com Aida Mollenkamp

    I love the idea of layering this salad — so adorable and festive!

  • Aggie

    I honestly think all the babies that were born last year may have been part of the reason we went for #3!! I just love babies too 🙂

    This salad looks beyond amazing Lisa, you know me well. Wishing I had some for lunch today!

    Thank you so much for bring part of my sweet surprise, means the world to me. Xo

  • http://cookieandkate.com/ Cookie and Kate

    This is my kind of salad, Lisa! Sounds like a perfect baby shower pick.

  • thesolitarycook

    This is lovely! It reminds me of one I make called Seven Layer Salad. http://thesolitarycook.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/seven-layer-salad/

  • The HUngry Housewife

    Love these. They are darling. Everything is better in mason jars!

  • Milisa Armstrong

    I love lentils but never thought to add them to a salad. This is just gorgeous!

  • Caroline L.

    Congratulations to Aggie, and yum – this looks so delicious. Hand me anything in a jar and I’ll eat it! 🙂

  • Laura

    The jar is such a great idea! So cute and practical!

  • Erin @ Meaningful Eats

    Lovely pictures! This sounds delicious!