Cobb salad is an American main dish salad that features a variety of components. Most notably you will find iceberg or romaine lettuce, watercress, Bibb lettuce, and endives for the greens. The heartier ingredients include egg, avocado, tomato, chicken, onion, bacon, and blue cheese. If you take the first letter of each of those ingredients, it spells EAT COBB. So that is how you can remember your list of items.
The Cobb Salad is said to have been created in the 1930's at a restaurant called the Hollywood Brown Derby. It became one of the restaurant's featured dishes and got its name from owner, Robert Howard Cobb. One of the stories behind the Cobb salad is that Robert Cobb had not eaten and it was almost midnight. So he rummaged through his refrigerator where he gathered various left overs and put together the now famous Cobb salad. Whatever the case as to how the Cobb salad came to be, it certainly is a popular dish that makes a hearty meal!
Variations of the Cobb salad have been created over the years which is another reason why this salad can fit into everyone's dietary needs. If you can't have dairy, leave out the cheese. If you don't eat meat, sub the chicken and bacon with some garbanzo beans. Switch up the greens and add some spinach or kale. Add some chopped nuts for some texture and protein. I could rattle on and on about the possible changes you could make. But for now, let's stick to the classic. A couple of tips before you get started: Hard boil your eggs, make salad dressing, and cook bacon in advance to save time.
1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 head of Bibb lettuce, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 bunch watercress or curly endive, remove stems
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 medium avocados, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tomatoes, remove seeds, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
2 Tbs fresh chives, minced
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup bacon, cooked & chopped into bite sized pieces
For the Dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs raw honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
sea salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil
1. To make the dressing, combine all ingredients except for the olive oil in a small bowl and whisk thoroughly. Then gradually whisk in the olive oil. Set aside. You can also make this the day before to save time, however, it is quite simple to make.
2. Season your chicken breast with 1 Tbs olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Then grill or bake until they reach an internal temperature of 170°. Allow the chicken to slightly cool and then chop into cubes.
3. Using a large platter or bowl, toss the greens with a few tablespoons of the salad dressing to evenly coat. Place the eggs, avocado, tomatoes, chicken, bacon, and blue cheese in decorative rows across the greens. Then sprinkle the salad with chives. Serve the remainder of the salad dressing separately or drizzle over the salad. Serves 4-6.