Spinach and Red Mustard Salad with Chickpea Dal


Dal is an Indian side dish of beans, lentils or chickpeas that is usually puréed. Here the chickpeas are left whole for a filling salad that makes a great lunch. Feel free to substitute any kind of sprouted beans (found in the refrigerated produce section of most natural food stores) for mung beans. If you can’t find mustard leaves, simply use another peppery green, such as watercress or arugula.

  • 4Servings


Fresh Dal

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 green onion, white part only
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Tbs. grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 cup sprouted mung beans
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Lime Dressing

  • 1 Tbs. grapeseed oil
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 green onion, white part only
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric


  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves (about 5 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cups red mustard leaves (about 2 oz.), cut into ribbons
  • 1 small tomato, diced (about 1/2 cup)


To make Fresh Dal: Purée jalapeño pepper, green onion, ginger, oil, lime juice, cilantro, sugar and turmeric in blender. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over sprouted mung beans and chickpeas in bowl. Let stand 1 hour.

To make Lime Dressing: Blend oil, lime juice, green onion, sugar and turmeric in blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

To make Salad: Toss spinach, red mustard leaves and tomato with Lime Dressing in bowl. Mound Fresh Dal in center. Garnish with cilantro, and serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 212
  • Carbohydrate Content: 17 g
  • Fat Content: 15 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 263 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g