Beet, Apple & Raspberry Salad with Herb Millet

Beet Apple and Raspberry Salad with Herb Millet

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Serves 4-6

Millet is an ancient grain that is known as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium can lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease. Millet has many uses and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner as a porridge, rice substitute or salad mix-in. Combined with apples, beets and raspberry dressing this herbed salad will have you feeling full and energized.

Ingredients

  • 3 beets with leaves on
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed and grated
  • 1 sour green apple, cored and roughly grated
  • ½ a small red onion, peeled and roughly grated
  • 7 ounces (200g) firm tofu, pressed and diced into small cubes
  • A handful of raspberries
  • A handful of toasted walnuts or hazelnutsFor the millet:
  • Generous ¾ cup (175g) uncooked millet
  • 1¼ cups (300ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 x raspberry dressing (see below)

Raspberry Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 1–2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Cut the leaves off the beets, keeping them whole. Cut the stems into ¾-inch (2cm) pieces, and scrub and roughly grate the roots.
  2. In a small pot, toast the millet for 7 minutes, until it starts to become golden, shaking and swirling the pot frequently to keep the millet moving. Add the water, lower the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 30 minutes. Fluff up the millet gently with a fork, and heat a little longer if it is still damp. Turn out onto a plate and leave to cool.
  3. When the millet is just warm, stir in the olive oil, thyme, salt and most of the parsley. The millet may be sticky, which is fine. Break it up with your hands – the olive oil and parsley will help with this.
  4. Make the raspberry dressing. Place all your grated bits in a large bowl and stir in most of the dressing, along with the chopped beet stems.
  5. Arrange the sliced beet leaves around the edge of a serving plate and spoon the millet in the center. Scatter the grated bits and tofu chunks over the top, followed by the raspberries and nuts, then drizzle on a little more dressing and sprinkle with the rest of the parsley.

Raspberry Dressing Directions

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Recipe from Peace & Parsnips: Adventurous Vegan Cooking For Everyone © Lee Watson, 2016. Photos by Alistair Richardson. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.