Orzo + Cauliflower Salad

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I went to Chick-fil-A in my bathrobe last night. There were slippers involved.

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Technically, that’s why they invented drive throughs, right? To fuel our laziness?

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I just needed a milkshake, OK? It wasn’t a particularly tough day. In fact, it was downright pleasant. I couldn’t just end my perfectly pleasant day by going home and doing my yoga & self-loathing & calling it a day, could I? No! I deserved a sweet treat for going an entire day with a semi-positive attitude. It just wasn’t until after I bathed that I realized how desperately I needed one. So I just went. Terry cloth-clad and all.

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Seeing as I don’t eat chicken, it’s been a few moons since I’ve visited a good ole Chick-fil-A. Of course I choose cow night to make my grand entrance. You know, the night Chick-fil-A offers free nuggets if you show up dressed like an actual moo-cow. That place was a farm (get it?!). Screaming children with felt circles pinned to their white shirts just running a muck. It wasn’t just for kids, though. I saw one lady in a floor-length cow print dress. Another had fashioned some cow print flappy ears to her head. The level of commitment was truly impressive.

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So thank you, Chick-fil-A, for allowing us to all be our most free selves with you.



Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6


  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut in florets
  • 1/2 of a red onion, sliced thin
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 4 cups of spinach
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • 1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine cauliflower + 3 tbsp. of olive oil + garlic + S+P
  • Arrange on a lined baking sheet + bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once in the middle
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta until slightly under al dente
  • Drain + add to a bowl with a tbsp. of olive oil
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining olive oil + honey + dijon + lemon juice + S+P in a small bowl
  • To the orzo bowl, add roasted cauliflower + spinach + onion + cranberries + feta + dressing + extra S+P
  • Serve room temperature or cool
  • Shrink self + climb into serving bowl, you will want to roll around in this silkiness

Idea from my girl Chrissy!



16 thoughts on “Orzo + Cauliflower Salad

  1. Junior Loinman says:

    Hey, I went to Chik Fil A for lunch yesterday. Had 2 Chicken sandwiches minus the pickle. I like pickle, just not on a good chicken sandwich. Now cauliflower on the other hand well, I find it generally sucks. I mean, I keep watching this blog hoping against hope you’ll post something I’ll actually eat. Alas, not today. But I could’ve gone for a milkshake last night and am really disappointed you didn’t phone.


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