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Millet, Lentil, and Tomato Salad

This millet, lentil, and tomato salad recipe is a great dish to eat for lunch, but it's also well received at parties and BBQs. During Winter months, I substitute dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds for the tomato. Like quinoa, millet is a pseudo grain, and it has a fluffy texture and a buttery, roasted flavour. It's high in B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

See the recipe for the salad.

Millet, Lentil, and Tomato Salad

Loosely based off of the hot rice with cold lemon, basil, and tomato recipe from The Kind Diet.

Millet, Lentil, and Tomato Salad


  1. 100 grams millet, rinsed
    360 mL boiling water
    105 grams French lentils, picked over and rinsed
    480 mL cups water
    Olive oil to taste
    1 large heirloom tomato, medium diced
    1 lemon, zest and juice
    2 teaspoons flat-leaved parsley, chopped
    2 green onions, chopped
    Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, dry roast the rinsed millet until the colour darkens and the millet becomes fragrant. Pour 300 mL boiling water over roasted millet, and cover. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until water is absorbed, and millet is thoroughly cooked. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, cook French lentils in 480 mL of water for 30-40 minutes over medium heat, or until lentils are thoroughly cooked. Add any necessary water, and drain any extra water once lentils are cooked. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, toss millet and lentils in olive oil. Add tomatoes, lemon zest and juice, seasoning, and green onions. Salt and pepper to taste.
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