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Millet & Pumpkin Winter Salad

We had written a long and admonishing post about exercise here. About how we can’t fool ourselves that we live healthy just because we eat well. We had written about how eating, exercising (and sleeping) all is nested together if you want to live longer, have a stronger immune system and more energy. How our recipes just is one part of the game. But then we erased it. It didn’t feel right to be all preachy.

Instead we wanted to simply hear if you do any sports and exercise (and what kind)? And, if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, do you feel that your eating habits affect your training?

Both Luise and I do anything from running, yoga, tennis and other sports, to functional training. The amount of training has, quite honestly, varied throughout the years. We didn’t exercise much when Elsa was newly born, but now our training has become a lot more frequent. And it really makes a difference. It’s not always easy to go out running or go to the gym, but it always always always feels great coming back. Especially if you have a nourishing salad waiting for you.

We have used millet in this salad. And although we use it in our home cooking often, we haven’t posted many millet recipes on the blog. It is a gluten free, easy digestible seed, high in minerals like manganese, magnesium and calcium. It is also high in iron and B-vitamins. When cooked it has a grain-like texture; very soft and creamy and similar to couscous. Here we have mixed it with a chunky herb dressing to increase the flavor. We also added roasted pumpkin to make the salad more nourishing, avocado for creaminess, grapes to make it sweeter and hazelnuts to give it some crunch. It has quickly become one of our favorite salads. We have made it several times in a few different versions. You can for example substitute the pumpkin for sweet potato or beetroot, and the pomegranate for cranberries.

Winter Millet Salad
Serves 4

1 cup (240 ml) raw millet (any color will work)
1 butternut squash
100 g raw hazelnuts
2 avocados, diced
1 small romanesco broccoli, broke into bite-size florets
2 handfuls purple grapes, cut in half
2 handfuls green leaves, we used beetroot leaves
1 pomegranate, seeds

Chunky Herb Dressing
1 handful basil, finely chopped
1 handful parsley, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1/2 lemon, juice
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper 

Prepare the butternut by trimming off the top and bottom and cutting it in half crosswise and lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and remove the tough peel with a sharp knife or a peeler. Cut into 1 x 1-inch (2 x 2 cm) dices. Place on an oven tray. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sea salt. Bake on 400 F° (200°C) for 20-30 minutes or until soft and slightly brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

The last 10 minutes of baking time, place the hazelnut on a separate baking tray, sprinkle with salt and toast until skin cracks and browned. Remove and let cool slightly, rub between a rough cloth or kitchen towel to remove the skin. Chop coarsely.

Rinse the millet in a sieve with boiling water, then place in a small saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and let gently simmer for 10-15 minutes or until soft and the water is gone.

Prepare the avocados, romanesco, grapes, green leaves and pomegranate and Herb Dressing. Place the cooked millet in a large bowl, add the herb dressing and mix with your hands to make sure all millet is coated with dressing. Add all ingredients to the millet mixture and gently fold to combine. Serve!

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68 Comments

  1. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 00:05 | #

    Thank you for a great salad recipe. It’s good to eat raw food even wintertime, so great inspiration. I’m also a big fan of exercise, running, capoeira, badminton, dance, work out, climbing, zumba…I have done it all. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, rather omnivore but here at home we eat meat only 2 a week.
    I can’t really feel my food habits affects my training, more that I feel it’s important for me to eat every kind of food and don’t train on an empty stomach neither to close after a meal.

  2. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 00:08 | #

    Wow, can’t wait to try this beautiful salad… And I totally agree with you guys about exercise/food/sleep all being important; it’s so nice to have a good reminder! And it’s running and yoga for me :)

  3. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 00:09 | #

    Beautiful as always! We might even be able to make this down here in the southern hemisphere with the last of the winter crop… fingers crossed.

  4. Valeria
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 00:44 | #

    Wow, this sounds so delicious!!!
    I like to jog and swim mostly, it’s a real shame I can’t do it as often as I’d like to (4th year of computer engineering isn’t proving any easy hahaha). But no matter what, this salad sounds delicious not only for post workout but also for replenishing energy after long study/programming sessions. Will most definitely search for some time to make it :)

  5. emily
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 00:50 | #

    I can tell that this is going to be a new favorite recipe. So many good things in there (love the grapes!). All your photos are so fantastic!

  6. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 01:13 | #

    That sounds so delicious! I remember eating millet for breakfast when I was a kid – with honey drizzled over it. Is millet sold in most supermarkets or health food stores?

    • Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 11:24 | #

      Hi Regressada, your breakfast millet sounds so good – we need to try that! You should be able to find millet in most larger supermarkets. And if not, you will definitely find it in health food stores.
      Good luck!
      /David

  7. Karina
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 01:18 | #

    This looks great! I love to rollerblade, walk, rock climb… And since becoming pregnant I have recently started a parental Pilates exercise! I almost always feel better after I have exercised and eaten good.

  8. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 01:21 | #

    This looks fantastic. Ironically, I made something frighteningly similar today with quinoa, kale, butternut squash, hazelnuts, and pomegranate seeds so I know how good it must taste.

  9. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 01:25 | #

    I find I’m at my best when I’ve had plenty of kale, yoga, sleep and laughter. In my crazy, hectic life, I sometimes forget the positive health effects of happiness. And even though this salad has no kale, it looks gorgeous and delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 11:29 | #

      Hi Elisabeth, kale would actually be a great addition in this salad. Only reason we didn’t add it was because we just used kale in our last post :)
      But please do try it!
      /Luise

  10. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 02:16 | #

    It looks so good! I’ll try it for sure. And the main pic is beautiful :-)

  11. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 02:21 | #

    Oh hey, have you seen or read that book “The First 20 Minutes” by Gretchen Reynolds? The beginning is a little slow, but toward the end there are a couple of eye-opening chapters on how bad sitting/inactivity is for our health and why. I thought it was really interesting, and maybe you would like it too! I think you make a great point and thank you for putting it out there. I hope more people will become aware of how important eating, sleep, and exercise ALL are. Seems many people I know only pay attention to one or two of the three!

    I don’t have much to add on the favorite exercise conversation! I like yoga, walking our dog, hiking, and biking best.

    • Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 11:30 | #

      Hi Sharon, no we haven’t read it but we will see if we can get hold of it. Sounds very interesting!
      Thanks!
      /Luise

  12. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 03:18 | #

    Salad looks great and I always forget about how much I love millet! I will have to try this. As far as exercise, my time is very limited as a commuting grad student but lately I have been enjoying interval training on the treadmill. Even when I’m really tired, by forcing myself to go really fast for 30 seconds it wakes you up and then you can cut your tread time in half.

  13. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 04:33 | #

    Other than some fairly regular walking about, I train capoeira, have done so for 5 years. At one point I used to do it 3 – 4 times a week but now I’ve eased back to 2 times a week. It’s good stuff. I have been thinking about trying other things, though. It really does make a difference to the well-being, improving mood, fitness, health, appearance. :D

  14. Nicky
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 04:42 | #

    I agree – thanks for the important reminder and I’m sure I would have benefited from the long lecture too!

    I eat really healthily but DON’T exercise regularly and I go to sleep far TOO late! As a result, I’m generally tired and my immunity is low…and I end up spending lots of money going to see a naturopath to try and sort myself out. Exercise and sleep are such an obvious part of the equation (equal sides of the triangle?!), plus easy and cheap to achieve! Walks in the lovely bushy park opposite my house, yoga and biking to work are the best exercise for me. Have also recently discovered the pleasures of going on family runs through the park with our exuberant 4 yr old and equally exuberant neighbour’s dog….lots of fun!

  15. Alicia
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 07:26 | #

    I always wanted to do some type of exercise so I joined many gyms through the years but I never sticked to it. 3 years ago I discovered running outside in the fresh air. Why nobody told me that it is soooooo great! I absolutely love it now. First day I run for 10 min and I thought I was going to die (literally) but now I can run for 1h easily.
    Salad looks great, thanks for the recipe.

  16. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 07:38 | #

    It’s so strange to see all these winter foods as we slide towards summer but I could certainly mix it up a little. I think it is time to try millet.

  17. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 07:58 | #

    Very beautiful! I’m vegetarian and do yoga and cycle a lot around Berlin.

  18. Aleksandra Peyrer-Na
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 08:13 | #

    Oh! I wish I could exercise more.I spend a lot of time cooking for my family(3 kids with very good appetites) and the youngest is one so I haven’t found the time to encorporate any exercise into my schedule. Before or in between each child I managed to do some yoga, pilates and running. I noticed how great I felt and how much energy i had so I guess I will come back to it. I’m not vegetarian or vegan(I eat fish occasionally and meat maybe once a month) but I noticed that I fell best eating mostly vegan(especially dairy products make me feel heavy). Thanks again for a very yet another inspiring recipe.

  19. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 08:46 | #

    Wow! This looks like my cup of tea :) I am a professional ballet dancer so my day involves a whole lot of exercise… I love nourishing my body with healthy, filling varieties of whole grains, bright, seasonal produce, nuts and different sources of Omegas…I absolutely feel the difference physically and mentally when I nourish my body properly…this is a beautiful post, I can’t wait to give the recipe a go!

  20. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 08:52 | #

    I became a vegan about 12 months ago and I have found I have more energy for training. I run, do hot yoga (which I love), lift weights, go for bike walks and ride my bike around town. I try to move at least 4 times a week and I am on my feet running around at work all day too.
    I find that as long as I am sleeping well, drinking lots of water and eating lots of nuts, seeds, greens and grains my energy for training is really good. AND I have hardly had a cold all year where as I used to be sick constantly. When it is all working and in balance everything feels better, I sleep better, eat better and my body feels strong and light. Pretty good feeling actually. :)

  21. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 10:53 | #

    Dear David and Louise,

    One of the reasons why I am such a huge fan of your blog is defiantly because the debates you guys create over healthy life style.

    I haven’t been eating any rafine sugar for more than 8 years today (currently I am 23 years old). Throughout my life I have always been exercising, however when I was a teenager I developed an eating disorder which began by I stopped eating sweets, drinking soda, no fast food etc. Meanwhile I exercised more than five times a week (at this point in my life I went to a sports school). It wasn’t pretty. Although having an eathing disorder isn’t great in any way, it still made me find a balance between my body and my mind. When I had the eating disorder I wasn’t that focused on my weight, I was more focused on feeling healthy, strong, and fit. It has taking me many years to find the perfect balance between what I eat and how I exercise. But today I could not feel more happy about my eating- and exercise habbits. I exercise 3-4 times a week (usually running), also I like cross fit classes at the gym. If there is too many days in between where I don’t exercise my mind won’t concentrate and my body feels restless. Then I know it is time for an intense run. Although I still don’t eat sweets I love natural sweets like fruits, dates, almonds, honny, etc. Now and then I drink alcohol and though this is not good for your body I still like to feel like the 23 year old girl I actually am. Maybe you guys could do a post on alcohol? Does any of you guys have a drink now and then? What is your opinons on alcohol? I try to sleep around the 8 hours a day, but beeing a young student it is hard to get 8 hours of sleep everyday.

    This was a long post from me, but I hope you can find it a bit useful. Also I would be happy to hear your guys opinons on eating disorders in terms of society’s pressure about a healthy life style. Can one ever be too healthy?

    Thanks for such a great blog!

    Best,
    Anne, Denmark

  22. nathalie
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 11:38 | #

    I love millet and absolutely adore the colours of this salad, definitely a must-do for this weekend!!! I am like 90% vegetarian – there is so much variety and possibilties in visual and culinary delight that most of the time I simply do not feel the need to eat meat (if it comes to a choice it is more often fish). — Unfortunately some (restaurants and) relatives still do not share this oppinion, which is leading to funny (preposterous even) discussions over the dinner table lately e.g. ‘Is christmas without meat a real christmas?’ … well, people can find all sorts of arguments why it is just impossible (!) to try something new. — I travelled the vegan road for some time but found it difficult if I have had not the time or the fascility to prepare my own meals with a good balance of nutritions – but it is for sure something I am sympathetic to and strive to come back to whenever I can. ;)
    Anyhow, I find a well balanced mostly vegetarian lifestyle brings you everywhere you want to be: you are less sick, less tired, your mind and body works properly (I have an office job during the day and ballett/dance classes/rehearsals, yoga, running on most evenings/weekends) and – most important – a happy person :) Try it!

  23. leonore schwoerer
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 12:19 | #

    dear green kitchen, in the picture i see not a butternut pumpkin, but a hokaido (bright orange, butternut is pale yellow) did you use this just for the foddstyling, i mean teh photo . i am having my birthday party tomorrow and would like to make this delicious looking salat.
    affectionately, leonore

    • Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 11:20 | #

      Hi Leonora, it is actually a butternut that you see on the photos. It is roasted and therefore has a slightly darker orange color than when it is raw.
      Enjoy the salad!
      /David

  24. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 13:16 | #

    This is stunning! Love this idea!

  25. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 15:59 | #

    I love how this salad is loaded with vegetables, with a little millet for extra nourishment. I try to exercise 4X a week but after all these years, I still prefer having exercised than the actual exercising ;)

  26. Anouk
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 16:06 | #

    Running is my thing! Also very much like pilates and find it to pair perfectly with running, increases muscle length and flexibility. The energy boost you get after a session is just super. Not a vegetarian but still hard core veggie-lover :)

  27. Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 16:50 | #

    oh, this is perfect for all of the Sugar Pumpkins at our house! I used to hike, swim, SUP, surf, and get out 5x a week. Now, on bedrest expecting our little girl, I’m grateful I started off relatively healthy and active. Hoping it won’t take quite as much work to get back!

  28. Lena
    Posted 2 Nov ’12 at 17:06 | #

    Thanks for this gorgeous salad, it looks absolutely delicious and I’m looking forward to prepare it!
    In my opinion greenkitchenstories is the most beautiful blog on the internet, keep going!
    Yours Lena

  29. Posted 3 Nov ’12 at 02:11 | #

    This sounds incredible! Love the addition of the roasted hazelnuts, I can imagine how delicious that is. My hubby is a marathon runner, and he used to eat anything and everything, but slowly incorporated more veggies, less animals and more plants in general to his every day eats. He says thee has been a huge improvement in his performance- including speedier recoveries when he has fatigued legs or injuries. I eat a whole-plants diet, he eats the same vegan foods w/ salmon once a week and turkey on his pizza I make. Other than that – all plants and we are both feeling great!

    I do weights, running, yoga and interval training when I’m not pregnant (haha) or once my body is back to normal (I’m 7 weeks postpartum). Food definitely effects how I feel when I exercise – I love it! Nourish your body well and it simply works like God made it to!

  30. Amy
    Posted 3 Nov ’12 at 17:38 | #

    This salad looks simply gorgeous! I incorporate a variety of exercise each week. I commute to work every day on my bike, go to yoga once a week and usually incorporate some tennis, a run or a boxing class on less busy weeks. I’ve recently turned mostly vegetarian and eat seafood once in a while. I feel like I have reached a great balance between healthy eating and moderate exercise and I feel more energized than ever.

    On a positive note – my very omnivore eating husband has cut down on meat drastically and is now requesting my vegetarian meals and says he feels better eating that especially after exercising rather than feeling sluggish eating meat products.

  31. Sara
    Posted 3 Nov ’12 at 20:01 | #

    I just made this salad! Although it was almost a workout alone just making it….it was totally worth the effort. I substituted cauliflower for the Romanesco and spinach for the beet leaves. It was incredibly yummy. Perfect fall salad! Thank you!

    • Sara
      Posted 3 Nov ’12 at 20:07 | #

      Oh, and almost forgot to mention I’m a runner. I mostly run 5 days a week and try to incorporate some yoga into my routine. I would like to start making an effort to lift weights and do some core excercises, but it’s so hard to find the time for all that.

  32. Nina
    Posted 3 Nov ’12 at 22:02 | #

    Mmh hvor ser det godt ud! Jeg elsker simpelthen at følge jeres blog og prøve jeres lækre opskrifter af i køkkenet! Savner dog lidt, dengang opskrifterne var på dansk, da der er mange ingredienser og mål jeg har lidt svært ved at oversætte :) Mvh. Nina, 17 år

  33. Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 03:06 | #

    Lovely recipe! I love grain salads, and what a nice way to use up some winter squash. I’m vegan, and as for exercise, I practice yoga and pilates a few times a week. My exercise always goes in spurts, but I’m trying to really keep up with it this time around. Being vegan definitely gives me more energy than I had in my pre-vegan years, and I love coming home and eating something healthy like this salad!

  34. Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 11:12 | #

    Thankyou so much…what a most delicious and heartfilled looking salad, I cant wait to try it, and your last muffin post. I only just found you and its so exciting…but what to cook first???
    Thankyou xxamy

  35. Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 12:40 | #

    Thank you for publishing a millet recipe. Like a previous commenter, I eat millet at breakfast most mornings (I make millet porridge which I eat drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkle pumpkin seeds and ground flaxseed on top). I have trouble tolerating wheat, spelt, quinoa and buckwheat so millet is a great alternative and this salad looks too good to ignore.

  36. Rosemary
    Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 14:29 | #

    This salad looks amazing! Millet is such a nice comfort food.

  37. Lydia
    Posted 4 Nov ’12 at 20:10 | #

    I Will make this sallad soon, probably for a birthdayparty as a gluten-free alterative on the buffé.

    This spring I went through a AntiCandida-cleanse. It was challenging but very interesting to experience! And gave me better health.
    What we eat and/or not eat definitely effect us!

    I do Kundalini-Yoga, Vinyasa Flow-yoga and Recharge Yoga each week and I bike to those classes.
    Through my life the exercise has differed, due to changed needs and circumstanses – but there is always something you can do to get that feeling of joy and gratefulness over your body…

    Sleeping well, eating well, exercising well and loving well is so important.

  38. Posted 5 Nov ’12 at 00:44 | #

    This looks wonderful. I have forgotten how much I enjoy millet. Your salad is a gorgeous reminder.
    I practice yoga and love to road bike, etc., but rock climbing is really my passion. I train in the weight room quite a bit too, and eating plant-based doesn’t hinder me at all. It only seems to benefit my training!

  39. Tess
    Posted 5 Nov ’12 at 02:26 | #

    What a beautiful looking salad, the colours are fantastic, I look forward to making it. I have followed your blog for a while, yesterday I brought your app which has more great recipes, the photos are just amazing. I’m not vegetarian or vegan but like to eat vegetarian food and follow a heathy diet I do feel better for it. A timely reminder to get back to the gym and start walking again, along with some cycling after being away on holidays. Thank you.

  40. Posted 5 Nov ’12 at 16:00 | #

    This is a beautiful salad. Thank you for this idea.

    Except for rare circumstances (like having surgery,) I stay faithful to my exercise routine. I know how I feel when I don’t workout. When I start my day with exercise (usually power walk, yoga or biking for me), I am energized for the day. I seem to think more clearly and it sets things in motion. I am also a more balanced person after exercising.

  41. Posted 5 Nov ’12 at 21:06 | #

    I have to test millet too:-).

  42. Posted 6 Nov ’12 at 01:16 | #

    I love produce-rich salads like this that make a filling one-dish meal! I figure skate 4-6 times a week. It’s great exercise and also holds a lot of other satisfactions: skating to my program music, learning new elements, and the social aspect of being at the rink with skating friends and coaches. Sleep– now there’s an area where I could improve. Sometimes the most obvious things can use a reminder! What I eat: I was vegetarian for about 20 years and raised my kids that way, now I eat fish now and then, mostly wild salmon from our area. I eat very little dairy. I have no trouble training on a largely vegetarian diet.

  43. Petra
    Posted 7 Nov ’12 at 15:11 | #

    Thank you for another wonderful recipe :-) My favourite meal with millet is millet porridge with cottage cheese, raisins, cinnamon and drizzle of honey :-)

  44. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 07:27 | #

    This was my first time trying millet and it was delicious! I loved how there were so many flavors going on yet it all went together perfectly! I shared this recipe on my latest meal plan. Thank you!

  45. Posted 21 Nov ’12 at 19:22 | #

    I made this salad last night (subbing walnuts for the hazelnuts, swiss chard for the beet greens, regular broccoli for the romanesco, and omitting the grapes). As others have pointed out, it’s a lot of work to prep all of the veggies, but it is worth it. It’s a beautiful, healthful, great-tasting salad and a nice way to eat well before our big Thanksgiving dinner this week.

    I cycle (indoors and out) quite a bit, use an elliptical at the gym, do pilates and yoga each once a week, swim in the summer, and cross-country (Nordic) ski and snowshoe in the winter (if we have snow, unlike last winter when I didn’t get out at all). I’m very active and it’s important to me to stay active and fit.

    I also love sleep. I am an early riser so I also go to bed between 9 and 9:30 at night. My night-loving friends think I’m odd, but there’s nothing better than an early morning cup of tea in a quiet house, watching the sun rise, and listening to the birds waking up.

    • Nathalie
      Posted 14 Jan ’13 at 17:09 | #

      Good morning Luna! I totally understand about being an early riser and a love of morning. I’m also a bit embarrassed when ppl hear I usually go to bed at 9:00 or 9:30. I’m usually up at 4:30 during the week, so early bedtime is essential. Someone asked me this week if I ver got bored running, and I said never in the morning. Even if its the same route I’ve taken thousands of times ( same workplace for many years) there’s a magic to a new day. The sunrise, the snowflakes sparkling under the street lights, the silhouette of the trees against a blue black sky, or even the promise of a new day, full of possibility. Just want to encourage you that you’re not odd in a bad way ;-)

  46. Posted 1 Dec ’12 at 00:25 | #

    Dear Green Kitchen I’m absolutely delighted to find your site. Within two weeks of reading through your recipes I tried the Green Sushi Salad, the Moroccan Quinoa salad and tomorrow I’ll be making this Millet salad. Oh I also made your Aubergine and Brussel Sprout Curry. I have never wolfed down so many brussel sprouts in my life! All of the above are now considered favourite recipes in my home. We are all fond of a workout in this house although with my first baby hanging out of me I’m finding it hard to find the time but I’m slowly getting back into it. I think working out should be like eating i.e. an exploratory adventure! I think it’s essential to try different disciplines and find the ones that suit you. But also remember that you might out-grow them and remember that your body will change and will have different needs. Exploring means it becomes a fun part of your life and not a chore. And when you have a number of different activities they can all serve different purposes like meeting other people, letting off steam, helping heal parts of your body, relaxing etc. There are foods/recipes I will always love but all the more so because of the numerous others I have sought out and tasted. If I had to eat the same thing everyday I’d go mental and I think it’s the same with exercise. You have to give yourself a chance to love it, but you have to try lots to find out what you like and what you don’t like, what suits or doesn’t suit.
    This, of course, is all from a position of privilege. Where food is not hard to come by and where my daily life is not a physical struggle to survive, which is not the case for so many. Food can be so exciting but I try to remember, it is a luxury for which I am most grateful.

  47. Posted 4 Dec ’12 at 15:37 | #

    Tomorrow is the big day when I’m buying all of the ingredients for this salad AND making it. Can’t wait!

  48. Bell
    Posted 25 Dec ’12 at 19:38 | #

    oh my gosh! so good!!! i do feel however that the dressing was missing something…. yet its probably because i didn’t have fresh basil so i used dried… anyway i’m in love with your site!!!!

  49. Cath
    Posted 1 Jan ’13 at 09:34 | #

    I’ve just served this salad up. My husband says it’s the nicest salad he’s ever eaten. Thanks guys, good work.

  50. Sarah
    Posted 8 Jan ’13 at 16:18 | #

    Wow, thanks for an amazing new recipe! I am an Australian living in Germany, a keen cook but without any cookbooks here. Your blog is one of a few I have found on my search for tasty, easy, healthy recipes, and I have found it very inspiring so far! I had just bought some millet to try, and ended up even getting a pomegranate for this salad – I’m so glad I did. Colourful, great flavour combinations and nice with the millet/pumpkin warmed a little. Thanks for helping me battle the winter blues!

    • Posted 8 Jan ’13 at 20:56 | #

      Thanks for your kind comment Sarah, so glad you like the blog!
      Happy cooking
      /Luise

  51. Georgia
    Posted 14 Jan ’13 at 00:33 | #

    It’s wonderful to see people enjoying the diversity and yumminess of salads! I’ve never tried eating millet (I’ve only fed it to my budgie) but it sounds scrumptious :) Thankyou for all your wonderful inspiring posts and recipes. I live in australia and I’m 13, and i’m in a phase of running and bike riding all over the place, I also love yoga and gymnastics… and soccer :)

  52. Posted 14 Jan ’13 at 17:00 | #

    Just stumbled across your website, am so excited to explore it! This salad looks amazing. I’ve already shared the website with my daughter. She’s been a vegetarian for 5 years, I’ve been a vegetarian for 20. We do eat some cheese, some free range eggs, but make an effort to limit the eggs and dairy in our diet. I can’t say enough about how important it is to eat right. I’m still 114 lbs, the same size I’ve been all my life (46 now) I credit diet and exercise. I make point of getting some exercise every day, usually on my work commute. Stubbornly refusing to drive the 5 km to work 5 days a week, so I either run it or walk it. Then usually do a 10 km run on any days off. It balances my love of food and is so good for me physically, and mentally.
    Thanks for the awesome website. I’m always trying to raise the bar in terms of health, and websites like this make it easier and inspiring!

  53. Posted 13 Feb ’13 at 06:10 | #

    Great Blog ;-) I love vegetarian salad.

  54. Posted 5 Jun ’13 at 09:36 | #

    It looks so good! I’ll try it for sure. And the main pic is beautiful :-)

  55. Malou
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 19:44 | #

    Beautiful, original and very tasty salad ! I didn’t know that baked Butternut squash with Olive Oil is tasting so good.The children enjoyed the salad too.

  56. Marieke
    Posted 17 Nov ’13 at 15:39 | #

    I made this salad as a side dish yesterday, and I LOVED it. I put it with my favorite recipes.
    I love your website, beautiful pictures, nice stories etc.

  57. Charlotte
    Posted 24 Dec ’13 at 20:41 | #

    This is a beautiful salad! Bought everything needed… Can I make any of this one day ahead? Will it hold up? Thanks!!

  58. Charlotte
    Posted 30 Dec ’13 at 13:39 | #

    Follow up to my question… I made the salad for Christmas dinner and it was a huge success!! It made a ton and I will have the last of it today for lunch – it has held up very nicely so now I know it would be perfectly fine to make a day ahead. The whole family loved it – vegan, vegetarian and carnivores alike! It is beautiful – very Holiday!, with a lot of interesting textures and flavors. It was complicated to make but worth it. I was quite proud of it and will definitely make it again!! Only changes I made… used Sweet Potato instead of Butternut squash. Used a multi-colored quinoa and regular broccoli because I could not find millet or romanesco broccoli in the store up the street (day before Christmas so had to go with what I could). It was my first time cooking quinoa (easy!), roasting hazelnuts (should have bought shelled one… whew!) and first time opening up a pomegranate (I made a mess, but fell in love with those seeds!!) Thank you for the excellent recipe. Your site is amazing! I’ve bookmarked it to come back again soon!

    • Posted 31 Dec ’13 at 03:39 | #

      Hi Charlotte, thank you for your comment. We’re very glad you liked it. If you google how to seed a pomegranate you can find a bunch if tips on how to make it less messy ;)
      /David

  59. Dorota
    Posted 15 Jan ’14 at 00:57 | #

    Hi there,

    I have stumbled upon your wonderful blog only last week and have been glued to the screen every day since. I feel slightly upset that my Google bubble has somehow prevented my searches to return your blog in results! I have been cooking a lot more and gradually transitioning to healthier food and more of a vegetarian diet, although I am not a purist at all (which is probably why I like the tone of your blog and your approach!). I have already tried three or four recipes in the last few days (including carrot oatmeal which I fell I could eat at any time of the day!) but the winter salad, which we had for dinner today was just AMAZING! I cannot tell you how happy I am to be able to use your recipes, so thank you for experimenting and sharing. I have been passing it to friends and family across the globe, so your fan group is growing!

  60. Posted 17 Feb ’14 at 06:10 | #

    Love your food photography. Want to try this millet with pumpkin. Thanks.

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