This classic salad is one that you do not see at the dinner table all that often. When you do see the salad being served at a restaurant, you, or at least I, quickly think, ‘man, that sure looks good’. We often forget about the array of goodies that come with the cobb salad. Two of my favorite items are on the salad which include bacon and blue cheese. I had a hankering for the cobb salad this past weekend, and it was long overdue to make. This excellent salad really brought some excitement to the table, and was great for everyone around it, including my kids, as they could choose things such as chicken, eggs, bacon, or lettuce. Did I mention how killer the dressing was?
- 3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
- 6 slices of bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
- 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 bunch of small watercress, cleaned, dried, stems removed
- 1 chicken breast, poached in salt water, cubed
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 lb blue cheese, preferably Roquefort, plus a tablespoon for the dressing
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
Begin by picking out your serving plate. I used a nice platter that we received as a wedding gift, after all presentation counts as well right? Lay a bed of romaine lettuce to serve as the base of the salad. Next, what I like to do is create strips of the following; diced chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, and watercress, and avocado.
To make your dressing, combine in a small bowl, the red wine, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper, and worcestershire sauce. Whisk. Next add in a tablespoon of the blue cheese, and mash it with a fork. Whisk again. Note the creaminess. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk to make your dressing.
Sprinkle the parsley over the salad, and drizzle some of the dressing over the salad. Place the remaining dressing in a small bowl and let your friends and family serve themselves.
Everyone loved this salad, and it will be a nice addition to our summertime gatherings. Enjoy.