The salad was a result of accidentally buying millet instead of quinoa a few months ago and discovering I really like it! Millet and quinoa look very similar as you can see by this web page and the images below and the names are similar in Deutsch, especially when they are side by side in the supermarket and you are in a rush!
Quinoa (Andenhirse in Deutsch)
Millet (Hirse in Deutsch)
Millet is an excellent source of protein and is high in fibre, B vitamins and magnesium. It has a nutty taste similar to quinoa but cooks down to more of a creamy dish than quinoa.
This is a really simple salad. I bought the edamame beans and snow peas from the freezer section of the asian supermarket in our street. If you don’t have millet (or quinoa), pre cooked rice or even rice noodles would work wonderfully in this salad!
3/4 cup Millet
1 Capsicum, cored and sliced
1/3 cup Snow peas
1/2 cup Edamame beans
Spring Onion, sliced
1/4 cup Basil leaves, torn
1/4 Red Cabbage, shredded
1 cup Broccoli, cut into pieces
1 can of corn kernels (sugar and salt free), drained
1 Avocado, peeled and diced (leave until serving)
1 clove garlic, finely diced
Ginger, finely diced or grated (equivalent to about 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoons Rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup sesame oil
To make dressing:
Finely mince the garlic and ginger and put in a small jar.
Add all the remaining dressing ingredients and mix.
Set aside so that the flavours can intensify as you chop the rest of the ingredients. You can store any leftovers in the capped jar in the fridge
To cook millet:
Cook millet by firstly dry frying 3/4 of a cup of millet in a non stick fry pan until it changes collour and smells kind of nutty.
Then place 3/4 cup and 2 cups water in a saucepan.
Simmer for about 25 minutes until liquid is evaporated. I like to add 1 teaspoon of vegetable stock powder to the liquid for flavour but this is totally optional!
Allow to completely cool.
To make the rest of the salad:
Thaw the edamame and snow peas (If you’ve bought frozen like me) . I place mine in a plastic container with a lid -along with the broccoli as I like mine lightly cooked- and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before removing from the container.
Remove edamame beans from their pods.
Assemble millet, and all vegetables in a bowl or on a plate
Add the dressing and mix gently. You can serve straight away, or you can let everything marinate and serve later. In this case I would put the reserve the avocado and slice and add to the salad upon serving.