Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Millet Summer Salad

I've been devouring the bulk foods aisle at the grocery store lately, trying to give everything a try. This is my first time experimenting with millet, the gluten free ancient grain that looks like bird food and cooks like rice. I have a thing for composed salads, so I decided to use millet in this citrusy, refreshing salad. The millet provides a crunchy texture (despite cooking it for 30 minutes) and a level of heartiness. I added cucumbers, lemon zest and parsley to give it a fresh kick and threw in some garbanzos to add substance. Avocados, of course, make everything better.

Millet Summer Salad
serves 4

1 cup prepared millet
1 English cucumber, chopped finely
1 bunch of parsley, chopped finely
1/2 Walla Walla onion (or sweet onion, or shallot)
1 can drained garbanzos
1 avocado for garnish
Almonds for garnish

For the Dressing

Zest from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 Walla Walla onion or shallot diced finely
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 clove minced garlic

  • To cook millet, simmer 1/2 cup in 1 1/2 cups of water. Leave it alone for about 25 minutes until the grains gets fluffy.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over remaining salad ingredients except avocado. Toss and let the flavors meld in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Top with avocado and almonds. 


My Little Expat Kitchen said...

I have never cooked with millet before not have I eaten it. I've been seeing a lot of recipes with it though and I'm intrigued. Your salad looks so summery and yes, avocados do make everything taste just a little bit better!

Helen said...

Monkey see-monkey do :) As soon as I saw this post I went to my kitchen and cooked up some millet. I always have it on hand along with quinoa and amaranth. I couldn't recreate your recipe exactly as I lacked the proper ingredients. Instead I added in roasted onions, peppers and garlic, threw in a can of chickpeas and made a tahini-lemon dressing. A few torn basil leaves for garnish and sliced avocado. Yum! Thanks for the inspiration!

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Anna, your salads are just some of the best around...I love how you combine flavours and textures. And yes, avocadoes are just the best!

mia xara said...

Very interesting recipe!!!I've never had millet,the fact though that it's gluten free makes me copy this recipe not just for me to try but for a family of gluten intolerant friends...Have a great day!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

yum i love millet! joan's on third makes a mean millet muffin that i'm obsessed with, but i've never cooked with millet myself. i actually find it hard to find millet.

Nicolette said...

Yummm, millet. This looks delish.

Mary said...

You are adventurous. That is a good thing for your readers because you keep us from becoming bored. I never would have thought to do this on my own, but I love to play follow the leader. I really have to try this soon. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Anna A. said...

Magda - You should give it a try - I bet you'd come up with something amazing.

Helen - WOW! I am so impressed. wish I could have tried your version - I love the idea of roasted onions and I was thinking of doing a tahini-lemon dressing instead of just a plain ol latholem so I will have to try the tahini next go 'round. High five to the ancient grains Greek sista from anotha mista.

Peter - Than you so much! Salads are my favorite so I def spend more time on them than anything else :-)

Mia Xara - Thank you, I hope you give it a whirl :_ Also good for nistissma gluten free friends :-)

Natassia - Oh lord I miss Joan's on third. Can you send one of those muffs up here?

Nicolette - Mmm back at you.

Mary - Aww, that means a lot to me. I bet you would do something incredible with millet...waiting for your post :-)

SouthBayGuy said...

Do you think I could cook millet in a rice cooker? (I am a guy after all) I've cooked quinuoa in one, and may give it a try anyway.



Elra's cooking and baking said...

healthy way to eat through out summer, that is what I need since I have been eating so badly.

Anna A. said...

Steve - I don't see why not, you cook it like rice any way. I saw go forth! Please let me know how it turns out.

Elra - I will gladly help you get rid of those cake/tarts/breads you make :-)

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