3.11.2014

homemade cobb salad

Last week I was just craving a traditional Cobb salad. I always see them in cafes and restaurants but for some reason, I never order them. I had a few hours (to myself) to get some grocery shopping done after my Tuesday morning bible study last week so I headed to get all the ingredients we would need to make our own at home.

Named after the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant owner -- Robert Howard Cobb -- this salad became a signature dish in the 1930s in his restaurant. Stories vary as to whether the salad was invented by Cobb or by his Chef -- but legend has it that Cobb had not eaten until near midnight so he mixed together leftovers he found in his kitchen and the famous Cobb salad was born.



And if I'm being completely honest, this was one of the best salads I've had in my entire life. Really.

And while a Cobb salad is fairly basic, I wanted to share our favorite ingredients in hopes that it inspires you to make your own for a quick & easy weeknight dinner. While most traditionally include Egg, Avocado, Tomatoes, Chicken, Onions, Bacon & Bleu cheese (EAT COBB), we omit a few of those ingredients and instead favor the following:

Romaine Lettuce & Mixed Spring Greens
>> I love the mix of the hearty and crisp romaine with the light and delicate spring greens and baby spinach <<

Hard boiled eggs (sliced + peppered)
>> Such a great source of protein, I just can't get enough of hard-boiled eggs lately <<

Shredded carrots
>> Sweet and easy to eat <<

Peeled & chopped cucumber
>> So refreshing and a perfect crunch <<

Crispy applewood smoked bacon, crumbled
>> Our favorite is Trader Joe's brand <<

Fine cut sharp cheddar cheese
>> We put this on right after the warm bacon goes on the salad so it melts a little bit! <<

Homemade croutons
>> For me, croutons are a must-have for any & every salad <<

Homemade bleu cheese dressing
>> We get our dressing from a local restaurant, made fresh daily; a lot of restaurants sell their dressings by the cup or pint at a fairly inexpensive price so if you have one you love, call and ask! I'd rather spend $1 on a cup (yes that's all they charge us!) that will last us 4-5 salads than buy a $5 bottle that will go bad before I can finish it. <<

Spread the greens in a large salad bowl and top with all the ingredients, adding bacon while warm, cheese immediately after & croutons to top it off! Toss in dressing as desired; I eat mine on the side (because bleu cheese is so rich) but my husband thinks I'm crazy, so I mix his in from the get-go!
As always -- Enjoy! 

1 comment:

  1. This looks and sounds delicious. Thinking its tomorrow's dinner!! :)

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