Lemony Millet Salad

Ingredients:

• 3 cups cooked millet
• 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cornLemony Millet Salad
• 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained + rinsed
• 7-8 cups chopped spinach
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• Salt + pepper
• 1 tablespoon safflower oil
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• Zest from 1/2 of a lemon
• Toppings: fresh thyme, oregano, avocado, pepitas, hot sauce, etc.

Method:

  1. Pour 1 tablespoon safflower oil (or other cooking oil) into a large pan over medium heat.
    1. Once hot, add the chickpeas and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. Add the corn and cook for another 7-10 minutes until the chickpeas + corn are starting to turn golden brown.
    3. Add in the cumin, garlic, and a big pinch of salt + pepper. Stir for about 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant then stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted (about 2 minutes).
    4. Remove from heat and toss with 3 cups of millet, then refrigerate uncovered until fully chilled. Stir the mixture while chilling to speed up the process.
    5. Combine the olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a jar and shake vigorously to combine.
    6. Pour desired amount of dressing over the chilled millet mixture and toss to coat. I used nearly all of it. Or, leave undressed and portion out dressing to package up and take to work with you if desired.
    7. Taste and adjust salt + pepper and add more lemon juice if desired.
    8. Finish each serving with a sprinkling of fresh herbs + avocado. Or, place in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Keeps for about 2 days after dressing.
      Notes: Feel free to serve this hot if desired: After step 6, toss with the dressing and serve with fresh herbs + avocado.
      Millet can be substituted with quinoa. (A non-gluten-free alternative would be couscous.)
Source: Food Matters