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cobb salad

May 18, 2010
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Red, yellow, orange, green…all the colours are gorgeous and this number never disappoints. Whether it’s displayed in rows, layered in a dish or just thrown together on a plate…it is a classic beauty! Cobb salad! How I love you so! So much goodness jam packed into one dish!!! Bacon, eggs, bacon – oh wait i said that. You get the idea. Well, have you ever wondered how the “Original Cobb Salad” came to be???  Yes you say?  Well, I sure did…so I decided to do a little background research on this topic.  I knew that it was named after someone with the surname “Cobb”, but I didn’t know all the dets surrounding the history.  Here is the short of the long of it version brought to you by moi!

The Cobb Salad was created by a man, by the name of Robert H. Cobb.  Back in the day, it actually came to be a steadfast menu item of the Hollywood Brown Derby (restaurant).  Since then, many variations have been produced, and it is now a very delicious recipe found in a number of homes and restaurants around the world.

When reading on, I was able to discover some more interesting facts about it’s background.  I uncovered that there are actual 2 different theories (and then some) that exist out there, regarding it’s coming to be.  I then continued to search on,  finding more information about this very visually appealing-laid out dish, that is commonly known for it’s linear and colourful presentation.

Theory # 1:

“In 1937, Brown Derby owner Robert H. Cobb went into his restaurant’s kitchen to prepare a late-night snack for Sid Grauman, operator of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  He poked around in the refrigerator for ingredients, and decided to chop all the ingredients that he found into fine bits.  Thus, the Cobb salad was born.  From then on, Grauman regularly asked that a Cobb salad be made for him.  After that, word soon spread about this dish throughout Hollywood.  These happenings made his creation become more and more popular.  It ended up becoming such a hit that film stars started requesting “Cobb’s salad”.   In the end, it was eventually added to the menu of the Drake Hotel.”

Theory # 2:

“Robert Cobb’s widow’s story was told somewhat differently.  Her perspective was that Cobb came to work after a difficult dentist appointment and asked his head chef to prepare something he could eat. From there the chef created a salad with ingredients he knew Cobb would enjoy and proceeded to chop them all up finely.  It turned out that Cobb liked it and added it to his menu.”

 Source: Wikipedia & The Kitchen Project

cobb salad
Recipe Type: main
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Yield: 4 +
 
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • ½ container mixed greens (can also use iceberg or romaine lettuce)
  • 2 chicken breasts- shredded (can sub turkey or pork)
  • 2 large avocados- sliced
  • 1 package tomato medley- diced (assorted varieties)
  • 10 slices bacon- crumbled (ISH)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs- sliced
  • raw walnuts (can sub any type of nuts basically)
  • fresh dill- to garnish
  • DRESSING: (makes more than needed, but can store for later use in the fridge!)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ lemon- squeezed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp Dijon mustard (ISH)
  • ½-3/4 cup coconut milk
  • fresh dill- to taste
  • fresh ground pepper- to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. begin by hard-boiling eggs and setting them aside (8-10 minutes)
  2. then, place strips of bacon in frying pan or on a baking sheet and cook until crispy on medium to high heat on stovetop or at 325 degrees in oven
  3. in the meantime, prepare and chop all other ingredients and veggies
  4. when ready, arrange all ingredients decoratively on a large platter (line or quadrant formation)
  5. garnish with raw almonds and fresh dill
  6. once complete, prepare dressing by combining all the above ingredients and mixing together with a hand immersion blender or food processor
  7. drizzle dressing on top of salad and serve
  8. enjoy!
Notes
• you may have to play around with the measurements, depending on desired consistency • add liquid ingredients gradually to avoid making it too runny!

*** A special mention to “the Duster” (husband), who’s chopping abilities were awesome!  Thanks for all your help!  This dish was so appetizing that I could hardly stand it while taking the photo.  I just wanted to dig in!!! ***

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