Spring Asparagus Millet Salad w/ Fresh Garlic + Lemon + Herbs

March 11, 2015

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About two weeks ago I had the privilege of being photographed by Maggie and Joel Ross of Joel Bear Studios. They are this rad couple from southern California that we met through mutual friends back in our previous home of Orange County. On their most recent trip here to Colorado we developed a most cherished friendship which I am so grateful for. As amazing adventure and lifestyle photographers, with family both in California and Colorado, they travel back and forth between the two states photographing jaw dropping natural beauty. They also have a knack for capturing people in their element, as you can tell by the lovely photos they graced me with in this post. When they asked to do a little editorial shoot of me in our tiny apartment cooking up a little something I was so surprised, excited, and nervous all at the same time. Being in front of the camera in our little place feeling totally exposed was a good experience for me. Plus Maggie and Joel made it feel so natural and comfortable. Even with messy hair, old faded flannel, chipped nail polish, and all.

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At first I was going to make ice cream for the shoot, but the special cones I had ordered hadn’t arrived in the mail yet, so I decided cupcakes. Then the cupcakes baked up with craters for centers that morning. So I changed up my plans last minute that day with something green, fresh, and made in these parts so often it is silly that I have yet to post about it here. Most nights I cook up a grain salad. Usually involving lentils or a big green veggie, such as the asparagus here. A mixture of fresh and dried herbs is perfect for us. The dried herbs are something you almost always have on hand, and you are just one lemon and a bunch of parsley away from creating something so fresh and simple. We love the hardy texture of millet in our vegetable salads, and the feeling of spring that asparagus brings to a dish. Plus, there are very few ways to mess this one up. Seeing as I almost never measure anything for these types of salads and they always turn out spectacular. I decided, however, to pull out the pad and pen to record this simple recipe for you guys and hope you have a night soon where you can enjoy its freshness as we welcome spring here in a few weeks (!!!).

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Tid-bits: I love the texture of millet with asparagus in this dish, however, if you prefer quinoa or another grain feel free to try it as well! I also make this dish quite often with green beans instead of asparagus, both are terrific. Served hot or cold, this salad is a household favorite.

Serves two for dinner, three for lunch.

Ingredients
1/2 cup millet
1 cup water
1 bunch asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 large garlic clove
salt & pepper to taste
1 bunch fresh parsley
raw pistachios

Begin by cooking the millet. Combine the millet with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then cover and let cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 20 to 25 minutes). Leave covered and remove from heat once finished cooking. Let it set and finish steaming for another ten minutes before fluffing with a fork and tossing in the salad.

While the millet is steaming, wash and trim the asparagus. Cut into thirds (about 3 inch pieces) and place in a steamer basket on the stove in a medium size sauce pan filled with a little water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and steam until tender (about 5 minutes).

For the dressing, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Mince the garlic clove and add to the dressing mixture as well. Set aside until ready.

Rinse, dry, and roughly chop the bunch of fresh parsley and set aside (I usually chop off the thick stems and roughly chop the leafy top).

When millet and asparagus are finished cooking, combine both in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the fresh parsley and lightly toss. Give the dressing a whisk and toss into the salad as well. Give it a good mix/toss using two large utensils (or your hands). Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Add a little more lemon juice or olive oil if too dry. Plate and top with a handful of raw pistachios (whole or roughly chopped). This salad is lovely served warm, or can be chilled and served cold as well (great for a pack lunch, but I would recommend using green beans for the veggie or undercooking the asparagus so it doesn’t become mushy).

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Thank you Joel and Maggie for capturing me in my home this afternoon. All photos by Joel Bear Studios.

36 Comments

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha March 11, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Can’t wait to find fresh asparagus! They’re so healthy :D I love eat them raw in salads too, with strawberries too sometimes :P
    Ps : I love you blouse!

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

      I know I was so happy when I did find them too! Love strawberry salads in the spring <3 ah so much love for this time of year. And thanks for the sweet compliment on my shirt!

  • Reply Amanda March 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

    You are adorable, Jessie! The photos turned out so well!! And now I know what I’m making for lunch today, seeing as how I have a big bunch of asparagus in the fridge.

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Amanda! I am so glad I got to inspire your lunch, loved your photo on Insta, thanks for tagging me!! xo

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey March 11, 2015 at 7:37 am

    You are adorable, Jessie! The photos turned out so well!! And now I know what I’m making for lunch today, seeing as how I have a big bunch of asparagus in the fridge.

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Amanda you are so sweet – Thank you <3 And I loved your lunch post! Thank you for tagging me!

  • Reply Caitlin March 11, 2015 at 8:23 am

    i just love the combination of pistachios (with anything) and asparagus. yay! spring is right around the corner. love these photos, too, especially the one of you in the window.

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Right! Me too <3. And thank you Caitlin!! Hope you are having a great week and that spring is showing up in your neck of the woods too :)

  • Reply Arthur in the Garden! March 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Yummy!

  • Reply Katie @ Produce On Parade March 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    What a lovely post! Everything about it. From this spring-feeling quinoa dish, to your adorable bun and flannel, to the gorgeous photos. Also, I loooove those socks!

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Ah you are too sweet thank you so much Katie! Making my night. Love Joel and Maggie for those photos – they are so talented right!? And haha thanks for the sock love! Stance Socks all the wayyyyyy.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens March 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    So pretty, Jessie! Both you and the salad! I’ve been going crazy over asparagus and spring greens lately- after such a long winter I am *so* ready for all things fresh. I’m in love with your bun (and socks…)! I can put my hair in a basic bun but it isn’t long enough for fancier stuff. Hope you’re having a great week so far!

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much Genevieve! You are too sweet. I am right there with you on ready for everything FRESH! And yay for messy hair buns, air high fives. Hope you’re having a great week too! <3

  • Reply Anna March 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    omg this looks super deliciouus!! Can’t wait to try it at home yumm

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    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Aw thanks Anna! Let me know how you like it!

  • Reply Shannon March 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love seeing more photos of you! I think my mom and I would love this salad with either millet or quinoa.

    • Reply Faring Well March 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      You are so sweet thank you Shannon! Hope you guys get to make and enjoy it so soon <3

  • Reply Kathryn March 12, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Love the pictures in this post – you’re such a beauty + they’re filled with this most amazing spring/happy/green vibe that just perfectly captures you + what you do here. I’m super keen on the idea of this salad too, hearty but fresh at the same time.

    • Reply Faring Well March 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Kathryn you just made me smile, that is so sweet of you to say and means so much that these photos/recipe/my blog translates in that way. Thank you! And thank you about the salad too, I’m all about substance and am a pretty big fan of this one for that reason. Hope you have a great weekend and fun times tending to your new garden! Woot woot!

  • Reply suzanne March 12, 2015 at 8:19 am

    this is a beautiful and inspiring post. i love your voice, recipes and the results of the beautiful photo shoot.bravo!

    • Reply Faring Well March 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thank you so much Suzanne! That means a ton, I appreciate it <3

  • Reply Jodi March 13, 2015 at 1:54 am

    A top knot, flannel + and a bowl full of greens, be still my heart! This post is beautiful Jessie, and so are you. I absolutely can not wait for all the spring produce, I did a happy dance at the market this week when I picked up a bunch of local organic pink radishes, we’re getting so darn close. Inspiring photographers these two, too. Peace, love + asparagus, babe xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Ah thank you Jodi! You are too crazy sweet. And I know, so ecstatic for the fruits and veggies in our very near future. We ARE getting so darn close. Cannot believe we are celebrating spring at the end of this week (yippee!). Hope you are having a stellar start to your week and soaking up some rays!! <3

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures March 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Both you and this salad are beautiful!! Such a lovely post. :)
    I’m obsessed with asparagus and millet so I’ll definitely be making this salad the moment I can get my hands on some fresh asparagus. The recipe sounds amazing!

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Lane! You are too sweet. Making this girl blush. Thank you so much. Hope you can get your hands on some of these green beauties soon!!

  • Reply cynthia March 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Love these photos and seeing you on the other side of the camera!! What a happy, peaceful, vibrant post with such a perfect, spring-y salad to go along with it. I enjoyed this so much. Thanks for sharing, Jessie :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you so much Cynthia! So crazy sweet of you. My goodness. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Hope you are having a great start to your week, happy almost spring!!

  • Reply kristie {birch and wild} March 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I love these photos, and I love this salad. Millet is on of my husband’s and mine favorite seeds, too. I love that is never leaves me feeling really heavy after eating it, and it lends itself well to both sweet and savory dishes.

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you! And yes, so true, love it too!

  • Reply Christine March 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This looks so good!!

  • Reply Carolyn March 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Well I finally made this for dinner tonight, and it was amazing! So simple and flavorful! The lemon and herbs really make it! I added some green beans and scallions too.
    Thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well March 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Oh yay! I am so so glad to hear. Beautiful additions as well – YUM!

  • Reply sarah June 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I can’t wait to make this – such a yummy idea! The pictures are so beautiful…I have to ask you, where did you get your flatware? Gold/Brass are so hard to find!

    • Reply Faring Well June 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Thank you Sarah! And from West Elm :)

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