Cook: Cobb Salad


J's parents came into town last weekend for lunch.  I decided to make a Cobb salad, as a healthier - but filling - dish.  Cobb salad traditionally consists of greens, hard boiled eggs, bacon, avocado, chicken, blue cheese, tomato, chives, and a light vinaigrette.  I forgot to buy chives at the grocery store, so this recipe doesn't include them (feel free to add them, if you so desire).  I added cucumbers to the traditional recipe, because I love cucumbers.



Cobb Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

6 c mixed greens
2 avocados, diced
0.25 c blue cheese
1 large tomato, diced
4 strips bacon
2 eggs
3 thin-sliced chicken breasts (about 0.5 lbs)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
0.25 c olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp spicy mustard
kosher salt and pepper

(1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees; light charcoal

(2) On a cookie sheet, create a make-shift bacon draining device by folding foil (as in the picture)

(3) Bake bacon for 10-15 minutes, until crisp

(4) Meanwhile, place two eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water; the water should cover the eggs by about one inch

(5) Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes

(6) Remove eggs to a bowl of ice water and let rest for 5 minutes

(7) While the bacon and eggs are cooking, season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper

(8) Cook chicken over a medium-hot grill

(9) Whisk together the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and a pinch of salt

(10) Remove bacon from oven and drain on paper towels; dice

(11) Peel eggs and dice

(12) Slice chicken into thin strips

(13) Option 1: set up cucumbers, tomatoes, eggs, chicken, avocado, blue cheese, and greens in separate dishes, so people can choose which items to put in their salads

(14) Option 2: toss all ingredients with dressing

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Notes:  Perfectly-cooked hard-boiled eggs will have a solidified yolk, but will not be flaky - if yours develop a green ring around the outside of the yolk, they're overcooked (it won't hurt you, it just won't be as delicious).  The dressing I used for this salad is a basic vinaigrette; if you don't have all of the ingredients, or just don't feel like dirtying another dish, use any basic dressing you have on hand.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks good except I would skip the Avocados

Anonymous said...

The Cobb salad was delicious, thank you.
Avocados must be included. I also enjoyed the plum tart very much.
A great way to prepare veggies, if you are going to grill anyway, is to slice eggplant, carrots,zucchini (and peppers if you like them, I don't)lengthwise and brush them with a little olive oil and place them on the grill for a minute or two. It saves having to do them stove top and makes them look wonderful.Then add the grilled peach recipe I sent you and you only use the kitchen for prep work.

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