One of the oldest grains known to be cultivated by humans, millet is a staple food in many parts of Eurasia as well as in Africa where it is thought to have originated thousands of years ago. Although in North America it's primarily grown as livestock fodder, millet is a highly nutritious grain for humans, containing nearly 15% protein, high amounts of fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium minerals, B-complex vitamins including niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin, and the essential amino acid methionine. Non-glutenous and non-acid-forming, millet is also one of the most easily digestible and least allergenic of grains.
But to the modern cook, the main appeals of millet are its warm buttery and slightly nutty taste and a soft porous texture that easily absorbs spicy or astringent flavors. These qualities make it a perfect complement to citrus and fresh tomatoes, and a welcome and healthy addition to zesty summer salads. This simple Mexican-style black bean salad loaded with tomatoes and vegetables and tossed with a spicy lemon-balsamic vinaigrette is a delicious way to incorporate millet into a complete, healthy and colorful summer meal.
|Mexican-Style Black Bean and Millet Salad|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on July 17, 2010
Simple, colorful and healthy Mexican-style black bean salad with millet, fresh tomatoes and vegetables tossed with a zesty lemon-balsamic vinaigrette
Other millet recipes you may enjoy:
Millet-Quinoa Hash with Peppers and Zucchini on Sautéed Greens
Spicy Indian-Style Millet
Northeast African Millet Patties
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