california club pasta salad recipe for those lazy summer days. We love the chunks of chicken, avocado and salty, crisp bacon!

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.

california club pasta salad recipe for those lazy summer days. We love the chunks of chicken, avocado and salty, crisp bacon!

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.

Is Avocado a Vegetable?

Avocados are  technically  a fruit, not a veggie.

they grow on trees in warmer climates, and are packed with nutrients.

Are Avocados Good For You?

Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving.

They are rich in potassium (which helps control blood pressure).

Avocados are a good source of lutein (which is good for your eyes).

They also contain folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy).

They are low in sugar and are high in fiber.

How Can You Tell When Pasta Is Done?

Really, the only way to know if pasta is done is to taste it.

Pasta should be cooked to al dente, or firm to the bite.

California Club Pasta Salad Recipe

California Club Pasta Salad Recipe

4.50 from 2 votes
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Description

california club pasta salad recipe for those lazy summer days. We love the chunks of chicken, avocado and salty, crisp bacon!

Ingredients 

  • 1 Batch Honey Avocado Dressing
  • 3 Turkey Tenderloins
  • Olive Oil
  • Season Salt
  • 16 Ounces Pasta, mini shell, cooked and cooled
  • 6 Slices Bacon, cooked
  • 2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 Cups Colby Jack Cheese, cubed
  • 2 Cups Spinach, chopped
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a baking dish, add the turkey, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little season salt.
    3 Turkey Tenderloins, Olive Oil, Season Salt
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Chop into 1/2" 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.
    16 Ounces Pasta, 1 Batch Honey Avocado Dressing
  • Next, chop the bacon and toss it, the tomatoes, cheese, spinach and turkey in with the pasta and season with salt to taste.
    6 Slices Bacon, 2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, 1 1/2 Cups Colby Jack Cheese, 2 Cups Spinach, Salt to Taste
  • Chill before serving, up to one day ahead or at least 20 minutes.

Notes

left overs will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 605kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 41gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 420mgPotassium: 418mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1509IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 257mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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