We are starting the new year off with a wonderfully easy, packed with flavor, super delicious Middle Eastern Inspired Millet and Chickpea Salad. This salad is perfect for quick lunches, to prep for a few days in advance, and for grab and go options. In summary: Your perfect partner for this start to the new year.
This Middle Eastern Inspired Millet and Chickpea Salad contains delicious (gluten-free) millet. We then pair this with protein-packed chickpeas, red onion, cucumber, radishes, and pomegranate seeds. All of this will be topped off by a delicious creamy and zesty dressing that is spiced with mint.
Sincerely, we had this salad on repeat for the last couple of weeks. I absolutely love that you can pack it and take it with you. We have used it on roadtrips as lunch, and I have also had it as a nice prepped lunch. I also adore the colors of this salad. It is a feast for the eyes on the plate. But more importantly (as always) it is absolutely divine.
Why is this Middle Eastern Inspired Millet and Chickpea Salad good for you?
Millet belongs to the grass family. It is mainly grown in India, Nigeria, and throughout other countries in Africa and Asia. It’s a hard, small crop which allows for growth even under difficult circumstances, for example not a lot of water or less fertile soil. This grain is increasingly becoming popular for numerous reasons. For one, it is gluten-free. But it also packs protein, fiber, and some antioxidants. In addition, it is also a great source for phosphorous, magnesium, folate, iron, and calcium. Millet also has anti-inflammatory properties.
The antioxidants found in millet have been shown, in animal studies, to help with wound healing, and skin protection. They also bind themselves to heavy metals in your body and eliminate those. This may avoid metal poisoning. Millet also contains soluble fiber, which helps to trap fat and cholesterol. That way, they get eliminated through the gut and lower your overall cholesterol levels. It may also lower your triglyceride levels. Altogether, not too bad for a small, mighty grain – am I right 😉?!
How can I adjust this Middle Eastern Inspired Millet and Chickpea Salad to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free. Due to the grains from the chickpeas and millet, this recipe is not suitable for the paleo lifestyle.
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These other salads are also great options for “grab ‘n go” or a quick lunch that can be made for a few days in advance. Be sure to also check out the following recipes:
- Vegan Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad
- Easiest Yummy Chickpea Salad
- Jackfruit Fajita Salad
- Lentil Salad with Apple and Fennel
And that is it for this week. I hope you enjoy this absolutely delicious Middle Eastern Inspired Millet and Chickpea Salad and have a lovely start to your new year. As always, please let me know how you like the recipe by either commenting below and/or rating the recipe. You know I love hearing from you!! Happy recipe-making – enjoy!!