Toasted millet salad with tomatoes, chickpeas, and harissa
Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Lean & Clean, Dairy Free, Soy Free
25 – 35 Minutes
Nutty and nourishing, millet plays a leading role in this North African-inspired gluten-free meal, tossed with a vibrant, easy harissa.
- ¼ cup millet
- 10 ounces baby broccoli
- 1 or 2 shallots
- Peeled fresh garlic
- 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon harissa powder
- ½ cup cooked black beans
- ½ cup cooked chickpeas
- 3 ounces cherry tomatoes
- Fresh cilantro
- 2 ounces pea shoots
Harissa is a North African chile pepper paste traditionally made with fresh roasted chiles and spices. In our version, we combine harissa powder, a blend of ground dried chiles, with olive oil and lemon juice to create a dressing for the salad.
Make it Leaner: You can lighten this meal by 60 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving by eliminating the oil in the harissa dressing. Applying olive oil with a misting bottle is a great way to curb calories without sacrificing flavor; if you want to mist the broccoli while it cooks instead of pouring oil directly into the pan, you’ll save an extra 20 to 40 calories and 2 to 4 grams of fat.
Cook the millet
Add the millet to the boiling water, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the millet is just tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain in a fine-mesh strainer and return the millet to the pot. Fluff with a fork, cover, and keep warm.
While the millet cooks, prepare the baby broccoli.
Prep and cook the baby broccoli
- Trim the root ends from the baby broccoli.
- Peel and thinly slice the shallots.
- Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
While the broccoli cooks, prepare the harissa and salad.
Prep the harissa
- Zest and juice the lemon.
Make the salad
- Rinse the black beans and chickpeas.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
- Coarsely chop the cilantro; set aside half for garnish.
Nutrition per serving: Protein: 22g (44% DV), Fiber: 15g (60% DV), Total Fat: 28g (43% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g (18% DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV), Sodium: 530mg (22% DV), Carbohydrates: 60g (20% DV), Total Sugars: 6g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.