A wholesome salad, packed with everyday goodness and local produce. This Lentil & Millet Summer Salad is one of my favourite easy, healthy meals to whip up. While normally salads are a point of contention in my home, this is one veggie loaded dish that no one finds fault with!

As the days get warmer, I find that my cooking becomes lighter and cleaner.  I crave fresh, nourishing and wholesome foods. Foods that make me feel glowing, inside out, like this Lentil & Millet Summer Salad. My younger one is actually excited to be making salads, as he’s just learned how to chop vegetables and thinks it’s super fun. No complaints from me!

Inspiration for the Lentin & Millet Summer Salad

So here’s how this salad came into being. My organic grocery supplier got some bags of mixed millet grains and called me. Oh yes, please!  I enjoy the challenge of using alternative whole grains in my recipes. Combined with our favourite masoor chilka/ red lentils, to lend it, somebody, this made a simple, nutritious and rather satisfying meal.

What are the health benefits of millets?

Millets are alkaline and easily digestible.  Gluten-free, high in fibre, high in protein, helps in lowering cholesterol and are a rich source of magnesium.  They are also very versatile;  you can use them for making porridge, upma, pulao, pilafs, as stuffing for vegetables and also in your muffins/cakes.

What are the health benefits of lentils?

Lentils are rich in protein, iron and also folate and magnesium which promotes heart health.  Due to their high dietary fibre content and complex carbohydrates, they increase steady, slow-burning energy. and improve digestive health.  All in all, this is a power-packed bowl of salad that tastes absolutely brilliant!

Lentil & Millet Summer Salad

Lentil & Millet Summer Salad

How to make Lentil & Millet Summer Salad

  • Rinse and soak the lentils for 10/15 mins. Boil them in plenty of water with salt to taste in a deep pan. These should be done in about 15/20 mins. You want the lentils cooked, but not mushy. Rinse in cold water and drain well.
  • Cook the rinsed millet the same way as lentils. These should be done in about 15 mins. Rinse this also in cold water, drain them well and let cool.
  • In the meanwhile, put all the dressing ingredients in a little bowl and whisk them well.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dressing with the salad ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Let the salad rest in the refrigerator for an hour or so, for the flavours to develop.
  • Top with alfalfa sprouts, seeds and feta cheese. Serve cold!

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Lentil & Millet Summer Salad

Servings: 4 persons
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Author: Natasha Minocha

Ingredients

  • 125 gms Masoor Chilka/Red Lentils
  • 125 gms Millet
  • 2 Cucumber, finely diced small
  • 2 Carrot, finely diced small
  • 1 Green Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Beetroot boiled and finely diced

Dressing

  • 2 lemons Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Alfalfa sprouts, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Feta cheese (optional) for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Rinse and soak the lentils for 10/15 mins. Boil them in plenty of water with salt to taste in a deep pan. These should be done in about 15/20 mins. You want the lentils cooked, but not mushy. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Cook the rinsed millet the same way as lentils. These should be done in about 15 mins. Rinse this also in cold water, drain them well and let cool.
  • In the meanwhile, put all the dressing ingredients in a little bowl and whisk them well. In a large bowl, combine the dressing with the salad ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Let the salad rest in the refrigerator for an hour or so, for the flavors to develop.
  • Top with alfalfa sprouts, seeds and feta cheese. Serve cold.
  • Serves 4 generously.