Summer is for grilling and if you haven’t tried grilling vegetables you don’t know what you’re missing! In this recipe for Millet and Grilled Vegetables, the season’s best vegetables are paired with nutty millet for this easy summertime dish. Slices of zucchini and yellow summer squash are grilled until they’re lightly crisp on the outside and tender moist on the inside. And peppers and onions become deliciously smoky sweet over the coals. All tossed with a lemony, fresh Basil Dressing, this dish is made for summer eating. Millet is another naturally gluten free grain that you should think about adding to your pantry. A staple in Asia and Africa, it has a mild, pleasant flavor and a soft, nutty texture. Offering a healthy serving of protein and fiber, millet is also an pseudo-grain that is easy to digest and great for your gut health. This salad is the perfect side dish at a backyard summer grill party at home or a nice take along dish for a pot luck or picnic. It is best eaten at room temperature, outside on a summer day of course!
1zucchinimedium – sliced lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1yellow summer squashmedium – sliced lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1onionmedium – cut in half
2tbspoilolive or coconut, melted
Dried herbssuch as oregano, marjoram or thyme
Salt and pepper
Sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds
Ingredients for Basil Dressing
1tbsp.fresh lemon juice
1tbspapple cider vinegar
Pepper to taste
Directions for Salad
In a medium saucepan add the millet, water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff the millet with a fork, then cool to room temperature.
Heat grill to medium. Brush the sliced zucchini, yellow squash, pepper and onion with oil, then season with a sprinkling of dried herbs and salt and pepper. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until slightly tender and a bit charred, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cut the cooked vegetables in to bite sized pieces.
Into a large bowl add the millet, grilled vegetables and drizzle over with the dressing. Toss gently to combine, sprinkle with seeds and serve.
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Directions for Dressing
Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate the unused portion in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
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