Spiced Millet Salad

This was one heck of a grain salad!! SO much flavor diversity!

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Ingredients

  • ~2 cups cooked millet (or couscous)
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into discs, grilled, then cubed ( <— crucial to the flavors!)
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, including bean goo for stickiness and moisture
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup arugula, steamed, then chopped (or spinach or another green or omit)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces (or walnuts or almonds)
  • A lot of garam masala and turmeric, maybe 1 tbsp each (or cinnamon!)
  • Salt to taste (will be more than you think)
  • Black pepper and cayenne to taste
  • Maybe some olive oil if you still need some liquid and moistness (1 tbsp)

Stir it all up, let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to cool and absorb!

Serves 3 hearty portions.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tamicka April 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

I’m so going to try this, maybe even tonight!

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2 Erin (thehealthyapron.com) April 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Kath! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it out! :) Well done!

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3 Picnics and Peonies April 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

This sounds AMAZING! Do you think it would work well with quinoa??
Thanks!

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4 rebekah (clarity in creation.) April 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

hey girl… this looks INCREDIBLE!
my foodie brain got started and i had two suggestions for ya:
1) use no or low-sodium canned beans, then add your own salt (sounds like that’s what you did, just agreeing!)
2) the bean goo is the part of canned beans that some people’s stomach’s can’t digest (hello, bean-o!). if you replace it with some vegetarian stock, it should help!
love this post! gonna make it tomorrow :)
-r

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5 Shawnee April 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Rebekah I was watching a organic/health show and the lady said you should always drain and rinse the beans because the “goo” is the fart juice. No joke, that’s what she called it. LOL I laughed so hard.

I think I am going to try this recipe with white beans. I am only a fan of chickpeas in hummus. This looks like a great recipe!

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6 Tamicka April 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I just made this for tomorrows dinner! I used whole wheat couscous instead of millet, no eggplant, no nuts and I had homemade chickpeas. I used a whole red pepper and cooked it a little bit with garlic. I tossed it all together and it is incredible. I might bring it for lunch tomorrow and eat it for dinner it’s that tasty.

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