Vegan Greek Millet Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : May 16th, 2022 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

Serve up this hearty vegan Greek salad as a meal or side dish! Adding the millet into the recipe makes the salad more filling and of course nutritious too. This easy millet salad makes the absolutely perfect lunch on a scorching summer's day and is ready in 30 minutes!

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Hearty: Adding millet to vegan Greek salad makes it a heartier and more satisfying salad.
  • Summer salad: This easy vegan millet salad will be one you come back to again and again for summer BBQs, cookouts, and parties!
  • Easy recipe: Simple ingredients and preparation make vegan Greek salad perfect to make ahead easily for weekly meals.

What is Millet?

Millet is a cereal grain with a mild flavor that soaks up dressings and seasonings you add to it. It's boiled in water, similar to rice, and can be used as a hot cereal or as a pilaf. Sometimes it is ground into flour and used to make baked goods.

This grain from the grass family is a staple for much of the world except for the US where it is predominantly used in bird feed. There are different varieties of millet and they may look different, ranging in colors from white to brown.

It's naturally gluten-free with high amounts of fiber and protein making it a great substitute for other grains such as ricequinoa, and couscous.

What Goes Into This Recipe

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  • Millet: An easy to cook ancient grain makes the base of this easy vegan Greek salad. If it’s not available in your local grocery store you may be able to buy it online or in a specialty market or organic food store.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: A healthy, bright flavored oil perfect for salads. 
  • Fresh lemon juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice for the best flavor. If you don’t have it, you can swap it with red wine vinegar.
  • Dried oregano: The essential herb in Greek salad.
  • Garlic: Use fresh garlic for the best flavor in the simple dressing for the salad.
  • Sea salt and black pepper: Essential to bringing all the flavors together.
  • Cucumber: For its crisp texture.
  • Tomatoes: Cherry or grape tomatoes for sweet, yet tangy flavor and little to no prep.
  • Red onion: Red onions are best when making salads. They have a nice bite of flavor and crisp texture.
  • Romaine lettuce: Firm lettuce leaves with the perfect amount of crunch to hold up with all the veggies in this millet salad.

Variations

  • Make with other grains: Swap out the millet for other whole grains such as brown rice, farro, bulgur, and wheatberries.
  • More veggies: While tomato, cucumber, and red onion are the classics in vegan Greek salad you can also add in red bell pepper strips, sliced artichokes, roasted eggplant or any other vegetable you have on hand!
  • Add briny flavors: Add on some kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers, or tofu feta to give this vegan Greek salad a salty flavor.
  • Add chickpeas: A bit of plant protein makes this a heartier salad for a main meal.

How to Make Greek Millet Salad

  • 1) Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once it boiling, add the millet and cook for 20 minutes uncovered. 
  • 2) Make the dressing while the millet is cooking. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in small bowl.
  • 3) When the millet is done cooking, transfer it to a fine-mesh strainer and let it fully drain. When all the excess water is drained, transfer it to a large bowl.
  • 4) Pour the dressing over the drained millet while it is still warm. Mix well and set aside to cool.
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  • 5) Once the millet has fully cooled, add remaining ingredients and toss well to mix. 
  • 6) Taste for seasoning and place in the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Chop up the lettuce into small pieces so it mixes well with the millet and other veggies.
  • Add the dressing to the millet while it's still warm. The warm millet soaks up all the flavors of the dressing better than when it's cold.
  • Let millet salad sit before serving. This gives it a chance for all the flavors to meld together.
How to cook millet for salad?

Cook millet for salads in boiling water for about 20 minutes. Be sure not to overcook or it will turn too mushy. Drain it and allow it to cool. Add seasoning and dressing while the millet is still warm so it can absorb more flavor.

Should millet be soaked before cooking?

There's no need to soak it although it may be a good idea to rinse millet before cooking. It cooks quickly, about the same time as rice, and doesn't contain any compounds that require soaking in advance.

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completed Vegan Greek Millet Salad on a white plate against a light background

Vegan Greek Millet Salad

Roxane McNulty
Serve up this 30 minute hearty vegan Greek salad as a meal or side dish! Adding the millet into the recipe makes the salad more filling and of course nutritious too.
5 from 54 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6 servings
Calories 319 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups of uncooked Millet
  • 6 cups of water
  • cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (or Red wine vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1-2 Garlic cloves, pressed
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 ⅓ cups of diced cucumber
  • 1 ½ cups of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup of diced red onion
  • 3 cups of Chopped Romaine lettuce

Instructions
 

  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the millet and boil for 20 minutes. Drain well in a fine-mesh strainer and transfer to a large bowl.
  • While the millet is cooking, make the dressing: Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper and pour over millet while it is still warm. Mix well and set aside to cool.
  • Once the millet has cooled, add remaining ingredients and toss well to mix. Taste for seasoning and place in the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Add the dressing to the millet while it's still warm. The warm millet soaks up all the flavors of the dressing better than when it's cold.
  • Let millet salad sit before serving. This gives it a chance for all the flavors to meld together.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2391IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
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About Roxane McNulty

Roxane is a culinary school graduate, professional pastry chef and devoted mama of an adorable toddler - She loves cooking and baking tasty, healthy plant-based food that is kind to our bodies, the earth and the animals! She also runs her own website, Roxane's Natural Kitchen

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  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    This salad looks so delicious! Excited to try it

    • Andrea White says

      Let us know what you think if you give it a try 🙂

  2. Gina H. says

    This Greek salad looks wonderfully filling and hearty! Can't wait to try it!

    • Andrea White says

      Let us know what you think if you give it a try 🙂

  3. Amanda says

    Love a good grain salad with cucumbers and other fresh veggies! Yum!

    • Andrea White says

      So many yummy textures and flavors to enjoy!

  4. Tina G. says

    5 stars
    Love how filling this salad is!

    • Andrea White says

      Nothing like a filling and delicious salad to feel light and refreshed with after eating!

  5. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect fresh and colorful recipe for summer dasy!

    • Andrea White says

      Love a good fresh salad on summer days too! SO good!

  6. nancy says

    5 stars
    i love a good greek salad. and i like it even more that you've used millet!

    • Andrea White says

      It's such a great combination!

  7. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    So incredibly refreshing and filling at the same time. Love it!

  8. Gabriela Herrera says

    5 stars
    This millet greek salad is perfect for a day at the beach or camping I loved it.

    • Andrea White says

      Definitely! Easy to make and great cold or hot!

  9. Jess says

    5 stars
    I love greek salads!

    • Andrea White says

      Same! So delicious!

  10. Jacqui says

    5 stars
    It was the first time trying millet for me, and I’m so in love with it! This recipe is simple and easy to follow and turns out delicious. Totally making this one again.

    • Andrea White says

      Wohoo! So glad it was a hit for you!

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