Winter Orzo Salad

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Salads are not just for summer! Our Winter Orzo Salad is both nutritious and filling enough for the cold days of winter when you’re looking for something a little heartier. Superfood kale is tossed with cauliflower, peas, whole grain orzo pasta, and a homemade citrus dressing.


This winter salad would be a great accompaniment to roasted chicken or grilled salmon. Hold off on tossing the dressing in until just before eating if you’re taking it in a lunch!

Winter Orzo Salad

Winter Orzo Salad

Yields: 6 cups | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 213 | Total Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 330mg | Carbohydrates: 34g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 7g | SmartPoints: 7


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 pound whole grain orzo pasta
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or defrosted
  • 1 cup baby kale, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss cauliflower florets in 1 tablespoon olive oil then place on baking tray. Roast for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to the instructions on the box. When the cauliflower is ready, toss together with the peas and kale. Whisk the salt, pepper, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and Greek yogurt, then pour over the orzo salad and toss.

Other SkinnyMs. recipes to try:

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Cauliflower Stir-Fry

What are your favorite winter vegetables? How do you plan to use them this season? Let us know in the comments section below.

2 Comments on "Winter Orzo Salad"

  1. Kelly  February 5, 2017

    Any vegetables I could sub for the cauliflower?

    • Gale Compton  February 5, 2017

      Kelly, I like broccoli florets as well, but just about any veggie would work. 🙂


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