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By The Green Parent

04th June 2021

With the weather heating up, check out this light, delicious lunch idea. Rens Kroes shares a power-packed salad that can be eaten on the go.

By The Green Parent

04th June 2021

By The Green Parent

04th June 2021

Pomegranate = power fruit. The seeds are deliciously sweet and sour, full of antioxidants and vitamins, and are even known to be an aphrodisiac . . . ooh la la! The combination here with mint leaves makes this the perfect light lunch on a warm day.


30 minutes plus cooling

INGREDIENTS (serves 2 to 3)

  • 120 g millet
  • 1 teaspoon Veggie Powder Mix (see below)
  • 75 g rocket leaves
  • 1 pomegranate, halved, seeds removed (see Tip)
  • About 1 1/2 tbsp (10 g) fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • Small handful roasted almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cashew Dressing (see below)

KEEPS FOR 2 days in the fridge

SUPPLIES fine-mesh sieve

METHOD Rinse the millet in a fine-mesh sieve and drain completely. Bring 300 ml water to a boil in a large pan. Add the millet and simmer for 20 minutes until al dente. Drain the cooked millet using the sieve and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the veggie powder (recipe overleaf) mix and let cool. Combine all the ingredients in a to-go container, except the dressing, and refrigerate. Pour a bit of the cashew dressing into a separate jar to take with you.

TIP: Give the pomegranate’s skin a good whack using a ladle before slicing it in half. This helps loosen the seeds.

veggie powder mix


INGREDIENTS (makes 1 jar)

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground rosemary
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

KEEPS FOR More than 1 year

METHOD Add all the ingredients to a jar, put the lid on and shake or stir with a spoon to combine.

cashew dressing


  • 180g raw cashews
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt, to taste

METHOD Add all the ingredients to the food processor and blend for 2 minutes until a creamy delicously creamy dressing forms. Refrigerate in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.


READ Power Food on the Go by Rens Kroes (£12.99 Quarto)