We eat a lot of salad in this house and I have about 5 million salad recipes. Not actually exaggerating that much ;P The eldest boy flips for this one in particular and eats a larger portion than the man of the house! Once the two boys are teenagers I will probably need to get two whole chickens instead of just one haha! Or maybe two turkeys, or I don’t know, two brontosaurus’, I mean, the rate that they are growing, watch out!!!
So this is a #basic (oh no you didn’t – yes I did. I frequently say hashtag out loud just to annoy my partner – hehe), simple, kid-friendly dinner salad which will please anyone who has a hankering for a Club sandwich but doesn’t want to eat a loaf of bread while they are doing it. I have never understood the triple layered bread. If it’s a platform for extra mayo – well heck I will just take a side of mayo to dip into but it better be a gussied up garlic mayo with some kick!
If you want to make this a full on Club you could add tomatoes and croutons. But then why not just make the sandwich itself with extra lettuce. Unnecessary note: we don’t eat tomatoes on our salads in this house. ‘Cause I don’t like them in salads, and well, I’m the one making the salads – so there! You want tomatoes on your salad. That is your affair. That said I like tomatoes on burgers, in grilled cheeses, and cooked down into sauces etc.. Just the gooey seedy bits…. I can do without that being the sole essence going on in a bite ya know. Yeah. I’ve said too much. #ocdabouttomatoes
What Ya Need:
- Boston/Bibb Butter/Lettuce or Romaine or Baby Red Leaf or Baby Greens or a mixture of all of these (washed and pat dry)
- Bacon cooked to perfection (try to get natural/nitrite free)
- Roast chicken sliced and diced into bite size morsels (please cheat and just buy one from your favourite market that sells hot rotisserie chickens. I’m lucky my local one has 3 flavours. Tonight we chose Cajun!) *Or you can substitute roast turkey which is more authentic for a club but we don’t roast turkeys more than a couple times a year. I would avoid deli turkey or deli chicken if possible, but If you absolutely want to use that – pan fry it in some olive oil first. to give it some nice browned edges it will taste much better! That’s what I do when I make a deli turkey sammich!
- Avocados sliced
- Optional additions: cucumber circles, yellow carrot matchsticks, shredded mozzarella or other mild cheese, thinly sliced yellow bell pepper, home made croutons, hash browns ( I was tired so went the simple route this evening. But I have had this salad with all of those suggestions before except croutons. But again if you wanna go full-club you could add them and I am sure they would be great. I just try to reserve my bread eating for things like exceptional baguettes and croissants and homemade pizza and breakfast sammiches and…. hmmm I am not really backing that up eh?! 😉 )
Dressing: (amounts are approximate as I eye ball this dressing. But you can taste test it and adjust sweetness, saltiness, tanginess to your liking)
- Yellow mustard (approx. 1 tablespoon)
- Dijon mustard (approx. 1 tablespoon)
- Honey (approx. 2 tablespoons)
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- White wine vinegar (approx. 1/4 cup)
- Olive oil (approx. 1/3 cup)
- 2-4 garlic cloves
Blend until smooth and creamy
C’mon you know how to make a salad yes?
Lettuce, other bits, dressing. Done!
P.S. I also make a mean Cobb Salad (in my humble/not-so-humble opinion) which has some similar elements of course. Share that one another time!