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Author Notes: This salad was inspired by a trip to Whole Foods Market for lunch. I wandered around and around the prepared foods counter until I finally settled on the salad with raisins. Immediately, I knew I needed to recreate the recipe. I changed the ingredients up a bit by using millet and adding the summer squash. If you do not have millet, feel free to substitute quinoa or couscous. Don’t skip the raisins; they add the perfect counter balance to the Middle Eastern-inspired spices. —Rebecca Fallihee | Eggplant & Olive
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for saute pan
- 1/2 tablespoon honey plus 1 tsp.
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup millet, uncooked
- 1 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium zucchini, diced
- 1 small yellow summer squash, diced
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- ground black pepper, to taste
- To begin, bring water and bouillon powder in heavy saucepan to a boil. When boiling, gently stir in millet and cover with a lid. Lower heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. When done, set aside.
- While grain is cooking, stir together the lemon juice, honey, olive oil, spices, and garlic. Set aside.
- Dice onion, bell pepper, and summer squashes into a medium dice. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high. Pour in enough olive oil to lightly coat bottom of pan. When hot, add the onion, and saute for 15-20 minutes, until slightly caramelized. After about 15 minutes, stir in the bell pepper. Add a dash of water and remaining honey to sweeten and help caramelize.
- When onions are sweet and golden, stir in the zucchini, summer squash, and raisins. Saute for 5-10 more minutes until squash is slightly soft. Stir in the cooked millet and the dressing. Adjust seasoning with pepper and spices to taste.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Zucchini or Summer Squash
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Portable Side