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Schawarma Salad with Millet, Pistachios, and Fresh Mint

This delicious schawarma salad with millet, pistachios, and fresh mint is tossed with an oriental dressing and aromatic spice mix.


Ω-6 (LA, 6.7g) : Ω-3 (ALA, 0.3g) = 27:1

Ingredients (for servings, )

For the salad
cupMillet, dry (2.3 oz)
1 Kohlrabi (12 oz)
1 Romaine lettuce (11 oz)
½ cupPistachios (2.2 oz)
2 tbspMoroccan mint (0.40 oz)
2 tbspParsley, fresh (0.27 oz)
For the Asian spice mix
¼ tspYellow mustard seeds (0.04 oz)
¼ tspGround cardamom (0.02 oz)
½ tspCoriander seeds (0.03 oz)
¼ tspFenugreek seeds (0.03 oz)
1 tspGround cumin (0.11 oz)
½ tspGround paprika (0.04 oz)
½ tspSea salt (0.09 oz)
¼ tspGround cinnamon (0.02 oz)
¼ tspGround turmeric (0.03 oz)
¼ tsp, groundBlack pepper (0.02 oz)
¼ tspGround ginger (0.02 oz)
tspSumac (0.01 oz)
tspChili flakes (0.02 oz)
For frying
1 tbspSunflower oil (cold pressed? organic?) (0.48 oz)
For the dressing
¼ ozRice milk (rice drink)
2 tbspTahini (1.1 oz)
2 tbspLemon juice (0.51 oz)
1 tbspOlive oil (0.47 oz)
1 tbspRice syrup (0.51 oz)


  • mortar
  • skillet (frying pan)
  • stove
  • citrus juicer (lemon squeezer)
  • saucepan

Type of preparation

  • cook
  • fry
  • chop or grind
  • squeeze
  • sauté


  1. Preparation
    Wash the millet and place in a saucepan along with about three times as much lightly salted tap water. Bring to a boil, let cook for about 10 minutes, and then let simmer over low heat for 15–20 minutes. Stir occasionally. If necessary, remove from the heat before the end of the time and let stand until the end of the cooking time.

    While the millet is cooking, you can continue with the next step.

    Alternatively, you can use precooked millet as is called for in the original recipe.

  2. Cut the kohlrabi into vegetable sticks the size of french fries. Cook the kohlrabi fries in well-salted boiling water for about 15 minutes. Drain and let the kohlrabi cool.

    Depending on the size, you will need about 1–2 kohlrabies.

    While the kohlrabi is cooking, you can continue with the next step.

  3. For the salad
    In the meantime, wash the salad and cut into bite-size pieces. Finely chop the pistachios and herbs. Place the salad, pistachios, and herbs along with the precooked millet in a large bowl.

    The author uses salted pistachios here.

  4. For the Asian spice mix
    Coarsely grind the mustard seeds, cardamom, and coriander seeds using a mortar and pestle. Combine with the rest of the spices. Transfer the spice mix and cooled kohlrabi to a large bowl and stir until the kohlrabi is well coated with the spices.

    Cardamom is available in two colors (See notes), but the original recipe doesn’t call for a specific color.

  5. Heat the sunflower oil in a skillet. Fry the kohlrabi on medium heat for 5–8 minutes, or until crispy.

  6. For the dressing
    Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing.

    The authors use unsweetened soy-rice milk as well as garlic oil made with olive oil. A recipe for garlic oil can be found in the same cookbook on page 75.    

  7. Garnishing and serving
    Toss the salad with the dressing and kohlrabi. Mix well and serve immediately.

    If desired, you can garnish the salad with pink pickled turnips. 

Notes about recipe

This delicious schawarma salad with millet, pistachios, and fresh mint is tossed with an oriental dressing and aromatic spice mix.

Main dish or side dish: This dish can be served as either a main or side dish. The quantity of 4 servings that we indicate is intended more as a side dish.

Ingredients: According to EU guidelines, one serving of this dish covers 1½ times the recommended daily requirement of copper and vitamin K as well as almost 100 % of vitamin C and ¾ of daily folate requirements. The less than optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids can be compensated for by using, for example, flaxseed oil instead of olive oil in the dressing.

Millet: Millet is a good source of a number of minerals. Compared to other grains, it contains particularly high amounts of silicon (silicic acid), iron, and vitamin B6. Hulled millet is the type of millet commonly sold in stores today. However, the mineral content of hulled millet is significantly lower than that of unhulled millet because most of the minerals are located in the bran.

Kohlrabi: Kohlrabi is one of the many cultivars of cabbage. There are two main varieties of kohlrabi that are different in terms of color (white or purple) and cultivation time. The flesh of both varieties is green. There are no noticeable differences in taste. Both varieties taste slightly sweet, with apple and citrus flavors dominating.

Cardamom: Cardamom, which comes from India, is not only a very old spice, it is also one of the most expensive — after vanilla and saffron threads. Cardamom seeds are often used in Asian and Arabic dishes and also have many medicinal uses. The substances contained in cardamom seeds stimulate the secretion of saliva, gastric juice, and bile. We distinguish between black cardamom (Amomum subulatum), which has an earthy fragrance and smoky flavor and is therefore used for more hearty and spicy foods and green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), which has a sweet and slightly spicy flavor and is often used in spice mixes and desserts.

Coriander seeds: Coriander seeds contain 60 % of the total amount of oil contained in the plant. The essential oils linalool and geraniol are primarily responsible for the refreshing, slightly lemony aroma of coriander seeds, which, however, only develops fully after the seeds are dried.

Fenugreek seed: Fenugreek seed is a typical Indian spice and is also often an ingredient in curry powder, but it is also used in South Tyrol, where it is added to bread and cheese. Fenugreek seed has a strong aroma and is reminiscent of freshly cut hay. The flavor is slightly bitter and the texture somewhat mealy. The flavor develops best when the seeds are cooked or toasted. Fenugreek seeds are also used to treat coughs and help clear the respiratory tract. For additional information, please see the ingredient description for fenugreek seed.

Sumak: Sumak is a typical Arabic or oriental spice and is also called Sicilian sumac, tanner’s sumach, or elm-leaved sumach. The acidic, dark red spice is often mixed with salt and is particularly popular in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, and Persian cuisines.


Purchasing kohlrabi: When purchasing kohlrabi, you should avoid bulbs that have cracks, soft spots, or brown areas. Kohlrabi can be stored in the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator for about a week.

Using kohlrabi leaves: When you buy organic kohlrabi, you should never throw away the leaves. They can be prepared like other leafy greens, such as spinach, and they contain about twice as much vitamin C as the actual bulb and about 100 times as much carotene.

Alternate preparation

Alternative sweeteners: Instead of brown rice, you can also use agave syrup, brown sugar, or another sweetener.