Sunday, 24 May 2015

Classic Cobb Salad plus Giveaway.

I'm all for a good salad, but it has to be filling. I'm not one for a plate of lettuce, tomatoes and spring onions. How boring. Instead, I like my salads to be filled with a variety of ingredients, appealing to the eye, a combination of meat and leafy vegetables with some dairy thrown in the mix. I've been trying to have more salad, mainly at lunchtime, as I can easily get into a repetition or a cycle for a better word of eating the same sort of lunch until I become tired of it. I do hope to grow from liking salad to loving salad and for it to be included as the main show for my evening meal and not as a small starter a prerequisite of better things to come Whilst I'm getting there, I spent an evening gathering some of my salad books (it seems kind of weird to have several salad books but not love salad, but that's being a cook book addict) and writing down some recipes that I must try in Spring-Summer 2015. Harry Eastwood's A Salad For All Seasons, came out on top with the variety of salad recipes to try and this Classic Cobb recipe coming a resounding top. Not sure what a Classic Cobb salad, well Harry states that this salad originated in California in the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant and is a combination of greens, eggs, chicken and cheese). 
I thoroughly enjoyed the different flavours, textures and the colourful presentation of the salad which was served with a beautiful salad dressing. My version of this recipe is slightly different as I did not have all the ingredients at hand, however it still taste scrumptious. I used my trusted OXO Good Grips Salad Dresser. Dressings made in this salad shaker can last up to 3 days (perfect for salads in the following days) in the fridge and makes a fashionable to your kitchen table. 
Here is how my version of the Classic Cobb Salad.
Classic Cobb Salad

Classic Cobb Salad

Classic Cobb Salad
Recipe for Classic Cobb Salad
440 Calories per portion
2 1/2 of your five a day

Serves 6
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
1 medium avocado cut into squares
salt and pepper, to taste
3 large eggs, boiled for 7 minutes
200g streaky smoked bacon salad
2 onions
2 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp vegetable oil
8 medium, ripe tomatoes on the vine
6 handfuls romaine lettuce, washed and roughly torn
6 handfuls watercress leaves torn from the stem
200g roasted chicken meat, roughly torn
100g mature cheddar cheese, shaved with a potato peeler

For the dressing
4 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 small garlic cloves, minces
4 tbsp walnut oil
a good pinch of salt.

Method
Combine all the dressing ingredients in a salad shaker (I use Oxo Good Grips) and give a good shake. Taste and season if needed.
Squeeze the 1/2 lemon over the avocado chunks and toss to coat. Season well with salt and pepper. Peel the eggs and roughly chop them.
Fry the bacon in a large, dry frying pan. Once cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Lightly wipe the pan with paper but don't ah it.
Next toss the onion slices in the flour. Heat the vegetable oil in the pan and fry the onion slices over a high heat until golden and crisp all over. Set aside.
Cut the tomatoes across the waist and scoop out the seeds and middle with a teaspoon. Roughly chop the flesh and discard the seeds.
Toss the leaves in half the salad dressing and arrange at the bottom of your serving platter. Next, add the seasoned avocado, followed by the tomatoes, chicken, bacon, chopped eggs, fried onions and cheese. Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over and serve. When helping yourself, make sure you dig in and get a bit of everything.

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143 comments

  1. I don't have a favourite salad dressing I will have to experiment & find out :)

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  2. simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing

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  3. just simply lemon salt olive oil and balsamic .... I've just bought a blood orange balsamic to try

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  4. I think my favourite is a simple balsamic and basil.

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  5. I don't have one. I tend to eat it as it comes :)

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  6. Olive oil. lemon and black pepper :)

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  7. Balsamic Vinegar - or a lemon dressing. :)

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  8. olive oil, balsmaic vinegar and grainy french mustard

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  9. balsamic vinegar for me thanks x

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  10. I like to make my own honey and mustard dressing - that salad looks delicious!

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  11. Olive oil and raspberry balsamic vinegar

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  12. Honey and mustard

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  13. Honey mustard (heavy on the mustard seeds)

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  14. French dressing - I make my own

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  15. Balsamic vinegar with a hint of garlic

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  16. I love experimenting with making my own dressings - my current favourite is soy sauce, lime, chilli and sesame oil

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  17. Honey and mustard dressing

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  18. I do like a bit of spicey olive oil xx

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  19. usually honey and mustard, but depends on my mood

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  20. one my hubby makes, it includes olive oil, cider vinegar, garlic, lemon, mustard and seasoning

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  21. Hidden Valley Ranch and I have it shipped in from the states

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  22. Homemade - olive oil with a touch of vinegar and mustard.

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  23. I just use olive oil, it's the best.

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  24. I love ranch dressing, particularly Newman's Own.

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  25. I love a locally made mango, lime and chilli dressing

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  26. Balsamic vinegar with olive oil or on its own if I'm being good!

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  27. A simple Olive Oil, Balsamic, Dijon Mustard & Sugar Dressing

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  28. Olive oil, red wine vinegar and a dash of mustard powder......

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  29. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar

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  30. balsamic vinegar is my favourite.

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  31. Olive oil, lemon juice, salt vinegar and whichever fresh herb I fancy at the time

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  32. Olive oil, red wine vinegar and balsamic

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  33. Salad Cream ♥♥ Fingers Crossed ♥♥ Yummy ♥♥

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  34. I love to mix up a classic dressing which is simply olive oil,a dash of white wine vinegar(or cider vinegar) and some lemon juice.If I want it spicy I just add a bit of tabasco to liven it up.

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  35. vinegar, mustard and oil, but I vary it by using different vinegars and oils. I went on a trip to Austria and came back with raspberry vinegar and pumpkin seed oil, and together they make a wonderful salad dressing.

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  36. Homamade mayonnaise with lots of added garlic

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