Moroccan Millet Salad – Gluten Free Vegan

 

Millet is a nice change to using couscous or bulgar and it a great gluten free alternative.  Millet is a delicious, nutritious seed that is used as a grain, just like quinoa, but a fraction of the cost and doesn’t have the bitterness of quinoa.  I made this warm salad on Friday for The Mantra Room and it was a real hit.  Many people said they had never had millet before and were surprised at how delicious it was.  Millet can be used as patties, porridge, bakes and a myriad of other dishes.  Just take that first step of trying it and you’ll be hooked.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup millet
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup finely diced dried apricots
  • Warm water
  • 1 block of firm tofu – cubed and lightly fried until golden
  • ½ punnet cherry tomatoes – finely chopped
  • ½ bunch fresh mint – finely chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds

Dressing:

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, coriander, cumin and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In a saucepan, combine millet, salt and cold water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until water is absorbed and millet is tender. Fluff with a fork, spread on a large baking sheet and let cool completely.  You can cook the millet in a rice cooker which makes things much easier or in a pressure cooker for a faster result.

Meanwhile, place cranberries and apricots in a small bowl. Cover with warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes or until plump. Drain and set aside.

Place cooled millet in a large salad bowl. Add cranberry mixture, tofu, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and almonds. Add the dressing and toss to combine.

As an optional extra you can add some mixed lettuce.

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