This Millet Salad features Za’atar which is a flavourful Middle Eastern spice blend that adds a beautiful aroma to this ancient seed along with the green beans just superb with the lime and coconut oil.
This salad pairs well with red meats, chicken and even seafood. A great salad to serve alongside an aromatic tagine.
For the green beans…
- 600 grams green beans 1
- 3 tbsps coconut oil
- 2 tbsps Za’atar
For the millet…
- 1 red onion diced
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Za’atar 2
- 1 cup millet
For the dressing…
- tbsps Lime zest (approximately 2 limes)
- ⅓ cup lime juice (approximately 3 large limes)
- 3 tbsps coconut oil (melted)
For the garnish…
- Thyme sprigs
To make your green beans…
- Preheat the oven to 230°C (450°F).
- Wash your beans, top, tail them, remove the strings and cut into 2.5cm (1-inch batons).
- Place the beans, coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of Za’atar in a large oven tray and mix until the beans are well coated with the spice mixture. Cook until golden (approximately 20-30 minutes).
To make your millet…
- In the meantime, heat a medium saucepan (medium-high heat) and add your millet and toast until golden (approximately 2-3 minutes. Stir it continuously so that it toasts evenly, you will hear the millet crackling (this is a sign of freshness). Add 2 cups of water to your millet, stir it and allow it to come to a rolling boil 3. Turn the heat down, put the lid on your saucepan and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Take it off the heat.
- Heat a large deep frying pan, add the coconut oil until hot then add the onion and cook until translucent, then add the Za’atar until aromatic. Add the millet and stir until it is well coated with the spice and onion mixture. Leave on the side until cool.
Putting it together…
- Add all the dressing ingredients in a small food processor and blitz until combined
- In a large mixing bowl place the millet mixture, the beans and the dressing, then stir well until combined.
- Arrange the millet and bean mixture in a salad platter and scatter the thyme sprigs on top to garnish. Serve immediately.
- You can also use frozen green beans for this recipe, there is no need to defrost them just add them as they are.
- A middle Eastern spice blend, you will either find it in the spice section or ethnic food section at most larger supermarkets. Alternatively pay a visit to a middle eastern speciality story.
- A rolling boil (top right) is a vigorous state of maintained boiling in which large bubbles erupt continuously on the surface of the liquid and cannot be disrupted by stirring or adding ingredients. Clouds of steam roll off the surface of the water, and the boil is audible.
The video in this recipe is courtesy of the Colorful Canary.