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    Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad

    Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad made with 7 ingredients & ready in 10 minutesGrain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad made with 7 ingredients & ready in 10 minutes

    In case you haven’t caught on yet, I am a creature of habit with a major sweet tooth. Jord on the other hand, gets very bored with a routine and doesn’t share that same sweet tooth I do. I could eat nut butter sandwiches and chocolate peanut butter cups for the rest of my life and love life. J cannot eat the same thing more than 2 days in a row without getting sick of it.

    Since he works in an office, I pack him breakfast, lunch & snacks (always pack snacks my friends), every single day. I love doing this for him and it makes me some how feel more connected to him when he’s at work. Then there’s also the whole ridiculously high-priced cuisine in NYC, so if he did buy lunch everyday it would easily cost us $75 a week, $300 a month and close to $3,600 a year on lunch!

    I would be lying to you if I said making us both 3 meals a day every day wasn’t challenging. Breakfast and snacks I have covered easily (they’re my favorite), but lunch is always struggle to make for J.

    We’ve tried various sandwiches, salads, & pastas but I’m always looking for new ideas for him.

    Recently I have been on an intense (yes I think it is intense) cauliflower kick. I am obsessed with cauliflower steak and roasted cauliflower with turmeric, raisins, tahini, OMG – SO good.

    I wanted to make a work lunch-friendly cauliflower dish to prep Sunday’s so we have it for the week.

    This Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad is SO easy to make. It has 7 ingredients and is ready in less than 10 minutes! Make sure you have your food processor to make the cauliflower rice or this will be a bit challenging..

    Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad made with 7 ingredients & ready in 10 minutes

    This salad is sweetened with craisins and it has extra crunch from the pepitas, hemp seeds & carrots. The cauliflower is quickly sautéed in coconut oil too but you can use any oil you wish.

    Also, the best part about this Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad is that you can use any dressing you wish. I am a simple lemon & extra virgin olive oil gal, but you can get as creative as you want.

    You can even add some grilled chicken or sautéed tofu on top for more protein!

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    Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad made with 7 ingredients & ready in 10 minutes

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    Grain-free Cauliflower Rice Salad

    Prep Time 3 mins
    Cook Time 7 mins
    Total Time 10 mins
    Yields 4


    • 1 medium head of cauliflower
    • 1/3 cup craisins
    • 1/4 cup pepitas
    • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
    • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
    • 2 cups baby kale
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


    1. Slice cauliflower head into small pieces and place in food processor
    2. Process until cauliflower is completely broken and in "rice" form
    3. Heat a medium or large pan/skillet with coconut oil
    4. Place cauliflower rice into pan and sauté for about 7 minutes (don't toast too much)
    5. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients
    6. Mix well and keep in fridge until serving
    7. Dress with fresh lemon, extra virgin olive oil or your favorite dressing
    8. Will stay for 5-7 days in airtight container in fridge


    xx, Rach


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  • Reply Ellie | Hungry by Nature March 31, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I love when Sunday meal prep takes only ten minutes!

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  • Reply Medha March 31, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This looks delicious! I love that it’s so light but super satisfying- especially loving those hemp seeds in there 🙂

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    • Reply Rachel March 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you, Medha! yes exactly. It is so nutritious and still delicious! xx

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  • Reply Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} March 31, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Clever idea Rachel! This looks like its busting to the brim with nutrients, and it won’t give you the afternoon slumps. Love it!

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    • Reply Rachel March 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you, Emma!! Totally! It is so perfect to pack for work or school! xx

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  • Reply Emilie @ Emilie Eats March 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    This looks so amazing!! Perfect for packing for lunch. I’d add a hefty handful of chickpeas because I can’t get enough of those little suckers. Also, that roasted cauliflower combo with turmeric, raisins, and tahini – OMG must try!!!!

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    • Reply Rachel March 31, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      YES love the chick pea addition but Jord was sick of those too! ha! It is hard pleasing two bellies! xx

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  • Reply Liora (Allthingsloveli) April 1, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I bring my own lunch every day but I definitely do not have the variety you speak of! I will have to throw this into the rotation, I am obsessed with cauliflower, and especially cauliflower rice. I have been making it into fried rice but this looks like an amazing variation. Have you tried cauliflower soup? On my list to experiment with too!

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    • Reply Rachel April 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Yes! I hope you love this. I LOVE making cauli fried rice. I mix with brown rice too and it is delicious. I am not a huge soup fan but i have to try it for Jord! What recipe do you recommend? xx

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