A Cobb salad just 'looks' so good, yes? And I was much pleased that a homemade (and much lighter) Cobb salad could taste so good, too.
Like many main dish salads, Cobb salad is an exercise in planning since it calls for cooked chicken, cooked bacon (Note to Vegetarians) plus hard-cooked eggs and a gorgeous buttermilk garlic dressing. THAT said, however, if the ingredients are already cooked, it assembles in minutes. And if they're not cooked, it took less time than I'd have thought to put the whole thing together start-to-finish -- about 30 minutes -- an effort yes, but definitely worth doing.
It's also a lesson in portion size management. Since a Cobb salad includes four proteins -- chicken, bacon, egg and cheese -- plus high-calorie avocado, the calories will really mount up unless small amounts of each of the four add up to just a single portion of protein. To my taste, this salad was extra satisfying and very filling -- even several hours later -- so will definitely make this again.
HISTORY of COBB SALAD The story goes that a hungry owner of the landmark Los Angeles restaurant the Brown Derby threw together this salad after raiding the restaurant fridge. His name was Bob Cobb and suddenly, one of the most famous salads was born. What makes a Cobb salad distinctive, however, is not so much its ingredients (after all, it's much like a BLT, much like a club sandwich) but its distinctive composition, rows of single ingredients rather than one big mash-up. Any mix of ingredients splayed out in even rows would be equally impressive!
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Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves as many as needed
1 tablespoon Buttermilk Garlic Dressing
Toss the greens and dressing together. Arrange in a large flat bowl.
In rows, top the greens with:
1/4 a cooked chicken breast, chopped (I used grilled chicken but you could also poach the chicken as in this recipe for Lemon Chive Chicken Salad)
2 tablespoons cooked bacon (how to make homemade bacon bits)
1/2 hard-cooked egg, chopped (how to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs)
1 Roma tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled (I substituted feta because it was on hand)
1/4 a ripe avocado, cubed
TIP Arrange the lower-calorie ingredients (tomato, chicken and egg) in the longer inside rows and the higher-calorie ingredients (avocado, bacon, cheese) on the shorter outside rows.
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