Pin a Day: California Club Pasta Salad

This week I experienced the dreaded summer cold.  It started with a tickle in my throat and ended up with foggy brain and overall exhaustion.  I lucked out and most of my menu items were either old favorites or things Mike could easily help me make.  On Friday, I felt a little better and tried this recipe for California Club Pasta Salad.   I loved that this was an easy dish that would provide us with some leftovers.  I did make a few changes.  I omitted the avocado because I don't care for its texture and added in some chicken.  I started by cooking my chicken and pasta.  I used protein plus pasta, which was a healthier option than traditional pasta, but was tastier to us than the whole wheat variety.  Meanwhile, I mixed my dressing of light ranch dressing and light Miracle Whip.  I also cut up my tomatoes and lettuce.  Once the pasta and chicken cooled, I mixed everything together and let it chill for about an hour.  While the salad chilled, I made some bacon and crumbled it up to top the salad.  I had high hopes for this salad, but it was just okay.  I might try it again and substitute broccoli and cauliflower for the lettuce.  However, it was not a complete disaster, considering how bad I felt all week.