Christmas salad with pomegranate and cranberry

This year I was supposed to ignore Christmas and not post anything special for that occasion. I didn’t have the right mood nor free time, nor will… But there was something which made me think, namely last Vegan Lunch which I organized in Poznań together with my friends. I realized how much I love spending long hours in the kitchen preparing food for people I like, for my friends, relatives, for my loved ones. The secret of a tasty dish lies in one special ingredient which I always try to add to food I’m making. This secret ingredient is love. It’s enough to add just a pinch of it to make the dish special and unique. You should try it by yourself.

So this time I started with a salad based on millet groats (my favorite one, very tasty and very healthy), to which I added pomegranate, cranberry, almond flakes and a lot of cinnamon. My friend Maddy made a very similar salad, but she used brown rice instead of millet groats, but the whole idea of this salad was tempting enough to try it myself. I must admit that aesthetics won here. I just love red color, and I love cranberry even more, and if you also add pomegranate… The result is… WOW!

And here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup millet groats (or brown rice)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large pomegranate
  • 100g dried cranberry
  • 50g almond flakes
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soy milk

Start with roasting the groats. Heat the pan, pour oil and groats and roast for 2-3 minutes stirring with a wooden spoon. Boil 3 cups of water in a pot, pour groats, pinch of salt and cook the groats until the water is absorbed. Leave to cool.

Peel the pomegranate. Add pomegranate pieces, cranberry and almond flakes to groats. Also add 1/2 cup of soy milk and 2 tsp cinnamon. Mix together and if the salad is too dry you can add more soy milk. If you like you can also add more cinnamon or cardamon.

Maybe I shouldn’t call it a salad, cause it’s rather some kind of dessert, but does it matter? You can also add some brown sugar, since this salad is meant to be rather sweet, but it’s up to you. I like it this way especially because dried cranberry is sweet enough for me.

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