Welcome We are focusing on the light and easy theme of simple summer suppers this week. I’ve shared salad recipes for Classic Chicken Salad, perfect for a potluck, and a Greek Tuna, Couscous, and Vegetable Salad with Spinach. Today, we continue the salad trend with a nod to the California Club sandwich, but in the form of a hearty meal salad with whole grain quinoa. Wait, can we do that? Absolutely! Please note: This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission when you click on one of my Amazon product links and make a qualifying purchase. There is no additional cost to you and helps keep this site free for your use and free from pop-ups. Thank you.
Food For Thought Okay, I have a confession to make. I cannot get on board with the Mason Jar salad trend. I see cute pictures of these little meals in jars all over Pinterest and Instagram and even saved dozens of images to try later. But here’s my issue: that looks like a lot of work for a simple salad! Yeah, I know they’re already portioned out for everyone and yes, they are cute. But it seems like a big hassle to evenly divide all those salad ingredients and then neatly get them layered in the glass jar so they still look appetizing. If I’m wanting to keep my summer suppers simple, why would I go to all that work when I can just chop up a bunch of delicious ingredients and layer them in a pretty glass salad bowl?
A big bowl of salad is just the ticket to keep it simple for summer supper. I don’t have to go to any extra work or prep and everyone can get exactly what and how much they want. It’s easier to serve and clean up. That’s the whole idea behind our simple summer supper series. When I want light and easy summer suppers I often call upon salads and sandwiches. They’re lighter fare for the warmer months and use fresh seasonal ingredients.
A great sandwich for summer is a classic club, shortened from the name “Clubhouse Sandwich.” This traditional sandwich includes toasted bread topped with sliced cooked poultry, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It’s basically a BLT with deli meat added! A good club sandwich needs little improvement to make a simple summer supper. We can add slices of avocado and call it a “California Club.” Totally delicious and I would happily serve it to my family any night of the week.
Sometimes, though, I like to merge favorite flavors and meals, for creativity-sake or to boost the nutrition or satiety factors. This brings me to one of my favorite simple summer suppers: the meal salad. Lots of vegetables, some protein, some grain, a healthy (-ish) fat or two, tossed in one big bowl. Sometimes I serve the salad on a bed of greens or I might chop up the lettuce or spinach to go right in the salad. Today I’m merging the flavors of a California Club sandwich with my love for meal salads.
Today’s Recipe is a salad featuring the things we love from a California Club–sliced poultry, crispy bacon, lettuce, and avocado. It becomes a meal salad by omitting the toasted bread and adding the ancient whole grain of quinoa. Serve it with a drizzle of ranch dressing instead of the traditional mayonnaise from the sandwich and you have a simple, but filling, summer supper.
California Club Quinoa Salad
- 1 large head romaine lettuce
- 4 strips bacon, fried crisp
- 1/2 red onion, sliced thin *
- 1 cup peeled, diced cucumber *
- 1 cup diced tomato **
- 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa
- 2 avocados, cubed
- 8 oz cooked turkey or chicken, chopped (from the deli is fine)
- Ranch dressing, to taste
* I add red onion and cucumber to most all of my salads for flavor and texture. I know these are not traditional California club ingredients, but they go nicely in this salad.
** For those of you who follow regularly, you know I have a severe tomato allergy. Sad, I know! Obviously I do not put diced tomatoes in my salad. I sub in diced red bell pepper for color and vitamins. A traditional club has tomato so I included it as a salad ingredient in today’s recipe.
Chop lettuce into bite-size pieces and layer in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except for dressing. Toss gently. Serve with dressing on the side. Serving dressing on the side allows everyone to control the amount of dressing on their own portions as well as preventing the beautiful crisp salad ingredients from becoming saturated in the bowl.
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Today’s Scripture I believe the following verse can have different implications for different people. I will leave it up to you and let these words speak to you and your heart in the way you need most today. For me, I think this is the basis for the idea of “charity begins at home.” This covers a variety of needs, not just monetary or material things. This includes meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of those in my own family as well. Have I always lived out this verse as I should? Definitely not. Do I still have some work to do in this area? Absolutely. Meditation and application is a great place to start.