I can barely keep my eyes open as I write this post.
Why? Because Halloween on a Tuesday night is HARD for old folks like myself.
Seriously, you guys. I’m in rough shape today. I just don’t have the same stamina for going out and drinking like I used too.
And that sugar hangover is no joke, either. I’m trying to stay away from all the candy right now, but the kids in my town are actually trick-or-treating on Friday night, because we had a big storm earlier in the week that resulted in a lot of power outages, downed trees and other damage. So the town made the decision to postpone the Halloween festivities for a few nights, so everyone could have a safe and fun evening. BUT that means that I’ve still got bags of Halloween candy hiding in my cabinets. I can’t wait to give it all away!
I’m also attempting to curb my cravings by loading up on big, hearty salads like this Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower and Tortellini Salad.
This recipe was initially inspired by my friend Lisa’s Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with Dates, Pine Nuts and Thyme. Her version sounded so damn tasty (I’m a sucker for both za’atar seasoning and cauliflower!), so I got to work playing with some of the ingredients she used, and combining them with whatever else I had on hand (a little “clean out the refrigerator” recipe is always a good idea!) and this salad was born.
It’s a bit non-traditional, I suppose. Because it’s not really a standard pasta salad. And it’s not really a standard leafy green salad, either. It’s somewhere in the middle. And I kind of dig it. This recipe has just enough tortellini to satisfy those cheesy cravings. But isn’t so loaded down that you feel heavy after eating an entire bowl. The za’atar cauliflower is super flavorful. And between the little browned, tasty bits that were stuck to the roasted cauliflower, and the olive oil and fresh lemon juice clinging to the tortellini, I found I didn’t even need to put extra dressing on the greens. But you could certainly give them a toss in a little bit of dressing of your choice, if desired.
Oh and before I go, I want to just say that November is full on Thanksgiving mode here at Floating Kitchen. So if you have any special requests, make them known now and I’ll try to address them before the big day!
And for more za’atar goodness, try my roasted cabbage wedges or these whipped ricotta toasts!
Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower and Tortellini Salad
I heard all about the storm on the news! I hope you and everyone else is okay!!! And I hope you are able to keep up the self restraint around that candy until tomorrow! 😉 Anyways, I’m just dying over this dish, Liz!!! Love the flavors going on here! Pinning to try! Cheers!
Self restraint has gone out the window!
Girl, I FEEL you! We went out on Saturday for Halloween and I still feel like I’m recovering. It’s ridiculous how hard it gets the older you get, but I might just start choosing to stay in and eat this bomb looking salad anyway!
Yeah that might be a better option for me next year. Lol.
I’m all about nontraditional pasta salads! This one sounds great!
Yummy, roasted cauliflower is everything!
I love love LOVE za’atar!
Me too! It’s such a wonderful seasoning!
Loving the flavors and textures going on in this salad! Sounds fantastic!