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September 27, 2021

Easy Fall Millet Salad

This Easy Fall Millet Salad is a unique side dish full of fall flavors. Mix raisins, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts with cooked millet and cover it in a delicious tahini orange dressing.

Easy Fall Millet Salad

I don't know about you but I often get into food ruts. Especially when it comes to whole grains. It's no secret that I love oats - this blog is filled with recipes using oats and oat flour. Oats are so quick and easy, I eat them almost daily.

But I'm doing my gut a disservice. Our bodies are meant to eat a variety of foods, in fact, it's actually beneficial for us to eat different foods each day. This can be quite tricky, especially if you're like me and you have some gut issues. I eat the same things day after day because I know they are my "safe" foods. Foods that I know I can eat without issues.

If I just did some experimenting I'd realize that I actually have tons of "safe" foods. And I would be helping my gut receive a diversity of bacteria and nutrients, helping me achieve optimal health.

All that to say, this is a millet salad. Maybe you've never had millet. This is a great time to try! It will not only introduce you to a new food but also help out your gut too.

What is Millet?

Millet is a naturally gluten-free grain. It's pretty similar in size to quinoa but it's slightly sweeter.

If you want you can use quinoa in this recipe, but millet is a great switch up to your diet. Eating a diverse diet is good for your microbiome - your gut thrives with a variety of different nutrients.

Easy Fall Millet Salad

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Delicious side dish — this salad is full of fall ingredients and flavors
  • Ancient grains — millet is an ancient grain - it's a lesser known grain that is great to have as part of a healthy, diverse diet

Easy Fall Millet Salad

Ingredients

  • Millet: a naturally gluten free grain. If you want, you can sub quinoa.
  • Raisins: For a touch of sweetness. You can use red or golden raisins.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are high in omega 3s and bring a touch of green to this salad.
  • Walnuts: For a delicious nuttiness.
  • Parsley: Fresh herbs brighten up this dish. I recommend using fresh parsley, but freeze dried parsley could work as a substitute. I don't recommend fully dried parsley.

Tahini Dressing Ingredients

This dressing is incredibly flavorful, yet simple.

  • Tahini: Sesame seed paste. Tahini creates a nutty flavor and adds some fat to the recipe - fat = flavor!
  • Maple Syrup: For a hint of sweetness. You can use date syrup for a completely fruit-sweetened dish.
  • Orange Juice: The tart flavors from orange juice creates a bite acid in this recipe.
  • Water: To create the perfect dressing texture.

How to make this Easy Fall Millet Salad

Step 1. Cook the millet. Bring to a boil with 1 1/2 cups of water. Lower the heat then cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Check for doneness and then let cook 5-10 minutes more.

Step 2. Let the millet cool completely.

Step 3. Meanwhile mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 4. Add the millet, raisins, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, parsley, and dressing to a large bowl and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Fall Millet Salad

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this food. Help us to enjoy the fruits of your creation. Amen.

Related Recipes

Want more fall recipes? Check out my Apple Tofu Kale Salad for all the fall vibes.

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Easy Fall Millet Salad

This Easy Fall Millet Salad is a unique side dish full of fall flavors. Mix raisins, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts with cooked millet and cover it in a delicious tahini orange dressing.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

10

min

cook:

30

min

total:

40

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dry Millet (can sub quinoa)
  • 1/3 Cup Raisins
  • 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley

Tahini Dressing

  • 3 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • Juice of 1 Orange
  • 2 Tablespoons Water

Instructions

  1. Cook the millet. Bring to a boil with 1 1/2 cups of water. Lower the heat then cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Check for doneness and then let cook 5-10 minutes more.
  2. Let the millet cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Add the millet, raisins, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, parsley, and dressing to a large bowl and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography