california club pasta salad recipe for those lazy summer days. We love the chunks of chicken, avocado and salty, crisp bacon!
I’m pretty sure that we could possibly be voted as a few of the most strict parents ever. And why? Well, for one we don’t pay an allowance. I know you’re all gasping right now, but it’s true. Guess what else, we don’t pay for good grades either. Oh, what?! I know! AND to add even more to the pot we also expect our kiddos to clean their rooms, help set the table, help with one meal a day and put their dishes away. So this California Club Pasta Salad recipe has been put together by all of us.
So I guess I’d better explain what this pasta salad recipe and us being strict parents is all about. I was trying to think up a delicious dinner and found a jar of our favorite honey avocado dressing so, I had one kiddo washing tomatoes and another tearing up spinach in a bowl when I heard a blurb on the radio about being parents and how kids have a right to be kids and we can stop being parents of the past where kids are expected to work for everything. Um, say what? Yes, kids absolutely should play, get messy and be silly, but I think we are doing a disservice to our children if we let them only play and forget to teach them about work. In fact I think it even is the reason behind the next generation having entitlement issues. I’m going to pull my thoughts together, but in the meantime, am I crazy here or is part of growing up learning that money comes from work and not an allowance and that truly being successful in life is generally related to being a contributing citizen that’s not waiting for mommy and daddy to do everything for you?
Oh, and creamy avocado dressing with bright tomatoes, fresh spinach, salty bacon and glorious cheese? Yeah, that’s pretty darn awesome.
California Club Pasta Salad
- Honey Avocado Dressing click the link
- 16 oz Mini Shell Pasta, cooked and cooled
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked
- 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1½ cups colby jack cheese, cubed
- 2 cups of spinach, chopped
- 3 turkey tenderloins
- Olive Oil
- Season salt
- salt to taste
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a baking dish, add the turkey, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little season salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Chop into ½" pieces and set aside.
- Place the pasta in a big bowl and add the dressing a little at a time while stirring until evenly coated, about 1 cup. Next, chop the bacon and toss it, the tomatoes, cheese, spinach and turkey in with the pasta and season with salt to taste. Chill before serving, up to one day ahead or at least 20 minutes.