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Millet Salad with Roasted Fennel and Tomatoes

The poor man's gluten-free couscous. Inspired by this recipe from The Kitchn. If you can't find Divina roasted tomatoes from your local antipasti bar, feel free to use sundried tomatoes stored in oil.
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb trimmed and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 cup raw millet
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup roasted tomatoes with their juices
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a parchment lined baking sheet, toss the fennel with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange in an even layer. Roast in the middle of the oven until golden brown and caramelized, about 40 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium lidded saucepan or Dutch oven, toast the raw millet over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water - stand back, it will sputter. Bring to a boil. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil, place the lid on, and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Then remove the lid and fluff with a fork.
  4. Add the lemon juice, fennel, tomatoes, olives, and half the parsley to the pot. Stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add more salt as necessary. If your olives and tomatoes didn't very much oil with them, add another glug or two of olive oil.
  5. Transfer to a platter and garnish with the remaining parsley.