You may have noticed that I post a lot recipes for main course salads. This is because most days, I pack a very large salad for lunch. I am someone who requires rather a lot of food. I work with small children and I expend a lot of energy. I don’t eat gluten so I can’t just eat a sandwich and I do not like microwaves, so I don’t pack leftovers to warm-up. This summer I have been eating a very large cobb salad for lunch almost everyday. If you have children, you should consider trying to feed them this salad. I have been working at a summer camp where we eat lunch with the kids and the kids I work with think that this salad looks really delicious.
I am a fan of cobb salads. They are old-fashioned and hard to mess up, like a BLT. You can order them anywhere in the country and they will be pretty good. I am not however, a fan cobb salads that come with a huge serving of grilled chicken on top. Cobb salads are BIG…I do not need a giant serving of meat on top of my cobb salad. With the exception of those served at excellent Vietnamese and Greek restaurants I find grilled chicken breasts to be universally dry and tasteless. Restaurants that specialize in comforting American food often offer grilled chicken to appease dieters…but if you feel so guilty about eating meat, you might just want to consider eating a bunch of delicious vegetables instead and save your meat indulgence for the occasional normal sized serving of duck breast or pulled pork rather than a huge portion of sawdust-like grilled chicken. Well that’s just me.
Cobb salad traditionally eatures leftover poached or boiled chicken (like what you might have leftover from making a homemade chicken broth) not grilled chicken. A demure amount of shredded poached chicken is delicious on a cobb salad if you have it on hand. The recipe was invented by a hungry restaurant owner who raided his diner’s fridge and made a salad from leftovers, so you should improvised based on what you have around!
- Half a head of Romaine Lettuce rinsed and cut into ribbons (other kinds of greens work too!)
- 1 small plum tomato minced
- 1 small avocado peeled. pitted and cubed (not traditional but very good!)
- a handful of crumbled Roquefort, gorgonzola or some other blue cheese
- a slice of fried, crumbled bacon
- one hard-boiled egg peeled and minced
- Some leftover cooked chicken (I often skip this)
- minced fresh chives
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar ( I sometimes use balsamic or raspberry vinegar)
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp pepper
- 3/4 tsp worchestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp dry english mustard
- 1 small clove garlic minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup mild oil