Mediterranean Millet Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This Mediterranean millet salad is a healthy vegetarian side dish or main course filled with delicious Greek flavours! Gluten free with a vegan option.

This Mediterranean millet salad is a healthy vegetarian side dish or main course filled with delicious Greek flavours! Gluten free with a vegan option.

I have been on a huge Mediterranean kick this past month!

It might have something to do with the fact that I spent some time recently planning a Mediterranean themed class that I’m teaching a few times this month. Browsing through recipes of tabbouleh, fresh salads, and hummus gave me a huge craving for the fresh and salty flavours of Mediterranean cuisine!

And it doesn’t hurt that Mediterranean foods often boost huge health benefits. All of those healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, and fish and the fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, and legumes make the Mediterranean style of eating an extremely healthy one. It has been associated with lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, improved markers of inflammation in metabolic syndrome, and possibly even reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s and Parkison’s disease. All good reasons to eat more Mediterranean foods!

But I like to consider Mediterranean eating as less of a diet and more of an inspiration. I think we all know diets don’t work – plus who wants to feel like they have to adhere rigidly to a food plan? Instead I like to encourage clients to draw inspiration from the Mediterranean diet and incorporate meals centred around whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, seafood, nuts and seeds, and olive oil into their lifestyle.

This Mediterranean millet salad is a healthy vegetarian side dish or main course filled with delicious Greek flavours! Gluten free with a vegan option.

This Mediterranean millet salad is a fantastic dish with many of the hallmarks of Mediterranean cuisine: whole grain millet, plant protein from the chickpeas, fresh herbs for flavour, sun dried tomatoes and olives, and of course olive oil to bring it all together. It makes a wonderful addition to any summer meal and the leftovers are great for lunches. It’s also a bit hit at barbecues – alongside the traditional burgers and potato salad, of course. Because it’s not about dieting, it’s about adding in healthy Mediterranean inspired foods where you can!

This Mediterranean millet salad is a healthy vegetarian side dish or main course filled with delicious Greek flavours! Gluten free with a vegan option.

Mediterranean Millet Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
 
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This Mediterranean millet salad is a healthy vegetarian side dish or main course filled with delicious Greek flavours!
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Yield: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup dry millet
  • 1 (19-oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • ⅓ cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 1.5 cups fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • ⅓ cup crumbled soft goat cheese
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring 1-1/3 cups water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Once it is boiling, add the dry millet, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool, then place in fridge for 1 to 24 hours.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cooled millet, chickpeas, olives, sun dried tomatoes, parsley, and goat cheese. Mix all together.
  3. Then whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper in a small dish and pour over the salad. Stir until it is mixed in.
  4. Serve immediately or cover with seran wrap and store in the fridge for 4-5 days.

What are your favourite Mediterranean foods/dishes? 

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  1. I love the Mediterranean approach to eating- no faddy but just embracing real, wholesome ingredients and small amounts of the not-so-healthy stuff! Lately my diet has been resembling it a lot as I seem to be eating more plant-based meals with fish & eggs added in. This dish looks heavenly, perfect for summer and I love the tangy & salty pairing of sundried tomatoes & goat cheese- yum!

    • Chelsea

      I’ve been obsessed with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes lately! In salads, on pizza, in omelettes… such a good combo!

  2. This looks beautiful! I love millet salads, your mediterranean one is something I would enjoy a lot :)

  3. You and I are like food sisters. We eat the same things, cook with the same basics (olive oil). I adore this, although I need to get on the millet train. This is a new grain for me, and you’ve definitely peaked my curiosity.

  4. I’m always on a Mediterranean food kick! I love all of the flavors and the ones you used in this salad look perfect! And I would like to follow a more Mediterranean diet by eating fish but unfortunately the man is a strict vegetarian so I feel guilty making it at home. At least we’ve got the legumes, nuts and veggies covered!

    • Chelsea

      I don’t eat a lot of fish lately either because JZ hates it and I’m too lazy to cook us to separate entrees. I always try to eat it out at restaurants when I can though.

  5. This salad looks fantastic – the perfect way to introduce millet into my kitchen (minus the olives of course ;) )

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