Today, the Sunday Supper crew is hosting a Father’s Day feast. When I think of Father’s Day, it usually means there is a lot of meat on the dinner table. Ribs, burgers, steak…very manly meal components! As much as my dad enjoys a great cut of meat for Father’s Day dinner, it just so happens that our family is not the biggest group of meat eaters in the land. Fresh vegetables are definitely up our alley, and a salad filled with a fantastic combination of ingredients is something I love serving up around our table.
I know I am not alone: you are dining at a restaurant and are fortunate enough to order an item so memorable you want to recreate it in your own kitchen. Sometimes the items are simply too complicated to replicate, but other times it seems possible. When Justin and I were in Miami a few weeks ago, we enjoyed an insanely delicious lunch. Both of our dishes were incredible, but I knew from the second I took my first bite of salad that I was going to make my most valiant attempt to create my own unique version in my home kitchen. As soon as I returned home, I was gushing about the salad to my family. Seeing as my dad saw the photo of the dish and was intrigued, it felt oh so appropriate to make one in his honor.
I absolutely adore the combination of textures and flavors in this dish. The arugula is peppery and crisp, the quinoa adds a bit of chewy texture, the corn and tomatoes add sweetness, the avocado imparts a rich and creamy goodness (along with the tangy and smooth goat cheese), and the lemon vinaigrette adds a tartness to balance out the arugula. All together, it is a combination that totally knocks my socks off. It screams “summer” to me, and I know it will become a very regular dish in my meal rotation from now on out.
It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without a bit of wine pairing with our meal! I chose to pair this salad with Gallo Family Vineyards’ Café Zinfandel. It is light, it is served chilled, and is a great complement to picnic fare, which I think fits the bill for today’s salad. Now, the salad as-is happens to be vegetarian, but it would also be amazing topped with something like salmon. In that case, you might want to pair your salad with Gallo Family Vineyards’ Pinot Noir. The berry and subtle earthy flavors would pair well with a meaty fish like salmon! If you’d like to see where you can pick up a bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards’ wine, check out their store locator and their website for more information (and pick up your $1 off coupon!). Make sure you find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram as well!
So, what are you waiting for? Whip up this salad, stat!
What are your favorite salad combinations?
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Father’s Day Salads and Main Dishes:
- Avocado and Quinoa Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- Baked Lentil Chilaquiles Casserole by Shockingly Delicious
- Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken in a Caramelized Onion Wine Sauce by Family Foodie
- Filet Mignon with Mushrooms and Pinot Noir Sauce by Hip Foodie Mom
- French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Southwestern Zinfandel Glaze by Cooking On The Ranch
- Jambalaya Kabobs by Foxes Love Lemons
- Man Burgers Stuffed with Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Marinated Flank Steak by The Foodie Army Wife
- Mushroom Topped Pinot Noir Burgers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pinot Noir Glazed Salmon by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pinot Noir Mushroom Reduction Sauce with Grilled T-Bone Steak by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Red Wine Meatball Subs by Momma’s Meals
Father’s Day Sweets and Treats:
- Angel Food Cake Smores Skewers by Melanie Makes
- Cafe Zinfandel Cake & Pinot Noir Quinoa by NinjaBaking.com
- Cherry Pinot Noir Pie by girlichef
- Chocolate Decadence with Cafe Zinfandel Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce by Desserts Required
- Hot Fudge Pudding Cake by Magnolia Days
- Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles by Alida’s Kitchen
Your quinoa avocado salad look sensational =) Bravo for replicating the restaurant salad with flying colors, Katie.
It may not be a perfect match, but oh man it is close enough to make me oh so happy!
Gorgeous salad! I haven’t used quinoa in a salad before and you have inspired me. And I love avocado in salads too.
I only started adding it recently, and I love the added texture it gives a salad!
What a gorgeous salad. This is a must try and soon.
Thanks Lea Ann!
Katie! I love everything about this salad! the quinoa, purple cabbage and arugula! My family is a bunch of meat eaters but I would love a gorgeous salad like this to accompany my big, juicy steak! love this!
Hey – you could always top the salad with a steak! 😉
I love this colorful combination! It’s perfect for the summer.
Oh how I love the colors that pop up in summer with food! My favorite time of the year for veggies!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Katie! I must make it soon! Or maybe I’ll wait til I get god, fresh Jersey corn and tomatoes, which wil make it perfect!
I just started seeing fresh corn popping up at the store…super excited about it!
I can remember you talking about this salad when we were in Miami and I couldn’t wait to try it. So glad you shared this fantastic recipe. Your photography looks amazing!
Love your combination of textures and flavors. Great things happen in South Florida! 😉
Love the goat cheese chunks in there! Perfect pairing for Cafe Zinfandel!
Yum! Your salad looks so beautiful and light. I just love it!
That’s a super-model pretty salad! Right up my alley in the healthy meal departement.
What a gorgeous salad – can’t wait to give this a try!
I just love everything in this salad. It’s fresh, it’s light and it’s filling from the all the protein in the avocado and quinoa!
Though the men in our family are big carnivores, I’d happily skip the meat and eat this fabulous qunioa salad!
I just happen to have all of these ingredients! I making this for lunch ASAP! Thanks for sharing!
It is extremely satisfying to be able to replicate a restaurant recipe at home! And this salad is GORGEOUS!
What a lovely colorful dish this is…. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
What a gorgeous salad! We aren’t big meat eaters either, so this salad would be perfect for my family too. Looks delicious!
Love the combo of textures in this beautiful salad!
Katie, this salad is straight-up restaurant quality! And I would eat at that restaurant, and often 🙂 Lovely!