Friday, January 22, 2010
In 1937, Brown Derby owner Robert H. Cobb went into the restaurant's kitchen to fix a late-night snack for Sid Grauman, operator of Grauman's Chinese Theater. He browsed the refrigerator for ingredients, and chopped them up finely. Thanks for wikipedia for that last bit of info. You can read more on it here. Cobb salad was a mish mosh of iceberg lettuce, tomato, bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, and roquefort cheese.
But I didn't have all those ingredients on hand. I did have the lettuce and tomato. I had used my last avocado in the grilled cheese. I did have the last three slices of honey baked ham that I needed to eat up and some shredded mozzarella. Oh, not to forget the two persimmons sitting patiently in my fridge for the past couple of weeks. I'm sorry I had neglected them for so long. Hard boiled egg is pretty easy to make. So I chopped away and tossed everything together. To give this salad some taste, I made a simple balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard dressing. A good combo I might add. It was filling, but at just the right amount.
Serves 2 -3
Cobb Salad with Balsamic Dijon Dressing
1 head of lettuce - choped
1 tomato - deseeded and chopped
2 ripe persimmons - chopped
3/4 c chopped ham
3 hard boiled eggs - chopped
2 c croutons
1/4 c shredded cheese - your choice
Balsamic Dijon Dressing
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 large garlic clove - finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
a pinch of salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing together until well blended. Set aside.
Toss to lettuce, tomato, ham, persimmon drizzle in the dressing and mix well.
Divide them into 2 or 3 salad bowls. Top each with the shredded cheese, egg and croutons.