Salvere Recipe: Millet Black Bean Salad

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Most of us know millet with regard to bird food — While millet is relatively uncommon in the United States, other cultures such as India and Africa use it as a diet staple. Millet falls into the grain category of foods along with rice, quinoa and couscous. It looks tiny and round in shape and cooks much like rice. Try it as a porridge type dish or as a substitute for rice. Millet is naturally gluten free and this recipe makes for a great vegetarian meal. Look for it in your local health food store.

Millet Black Bean Salad


The salad:

  • 1 cup millet
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 2 cups black beans (canned or otherwise already cooked)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red onion, diced

In medium sauce pan heat butter or oil over medium. Add millet and toast until slightly brown. Add broth and bring to a boil.  Cook, covered for 25-30 minutes until water is absorbed and millet looks fluffy. Let cool.  Add to large bowl with all the remaining ingredients.

 The dressing:

  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp cilantro

Mix all the above ingredients well and pour over salad. Chill for several hours or over night.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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