Monday, November 7, 2011

orzo chickpea salad with apples and leaves

today, instead of going on a run, i think i will just dance spastically around this house for a little while.

instead of washing my car, i'm going to try and teach myself a song on this ukulele sitting right over here.

instead of using shampoo, i'm going to do it with baking soda. here we go, joy. i'm ready for some squeaking hair.

instead of eating leftover cold pizza for lunch, i will make a bright delicious lunch salad.

sometimes changing it up is good. nay, great! these crazy lives aren't going to live themselves. go do something different today. do something weird.

make a new playlist mix to fall asleep to.

buy a different toothpaste

wake up earlier or later than usual

eat two extra fortune cookies

if you see a swing, swing on it

don't put that temporary tattoo on your shoulder. PUT IT ON YOUR FACE

make someone's lunch. and eat together. dismount your hamster wheels. slow down for a minute. and enjoy lunch salad.

two cheers for lunch salad! with things that i can get excited about like orzo and chickpeas and these fall apples.

and arugula. rawr! you spicy

this might not sound like the most exciting to a boy, but i witnessed a particular gentleman inhale a giant bowl in less than 3 minutes.

change can be exhilarating, even in simple things. i am obsessed with this salad.
lunch salad forever!

Orzo Chickpea Salad with Apples and Leaves
serves 1 or 2 or 3. depending on your hunger level. these don't have to be
exact measurements. just taste and adjust to your liking!

1/2 cup whole wheat orzo
1 can chickpeas, washed and drained
1/2 small red onion, diced fine
1 apple ~ i would recommend honeycrisp or fuji, diced into chuks
a handful of basil, sliced into pretty little ribbons
a few big handfuls or arugula
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
juice of a lemon
3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp cider vinegar
salt and pepper

add a bit of olive oil and salt to water in a medium pot. bring to a boil and cook orzo. drain and let cool a little. in a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, orzo, diced onion, apple, basil, and parmesan. 

mix in lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and a good amount of salt and pepper. taste and adjust. 


  1. Hi Julia - This recipe is right up there in the Boxer household - everything the family likes and I will be making this over the weekend! I may try feta cheese in place of the parmesan - your buddy Jamie is addicted to Arahova feta cheese.

  2. mmmm this is what i need after a weekend of gluttony and alcohol ;)