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Friday, January 22, 2010

Cobb Salad with Balsamic Dijon Dressing



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.


24 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Love the addition of the persimmons and the dressing sounds like it has such bright flavor. Beautiful salad!

Parita said...

Salad looks lovely, adore the dressing...:)

~Dana said...

California Cobb Salad is my favorite... this version looks delicious!

Emily Ziegler said...

I heart cobb salad! This looks great with this dressing! Thanks for the history lesson, as well!! :o)

Pam said...

Tasty looking salad - I love the big croutons. The dressing sounds so good.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yum! Love Cobb salad. I just obtained a copy of the Brown Derby cookbook! It's a very well-loved copy, not so good from a collectible standpoint, but I still have ALL the recipes - wahoo!

teresa said...

this looks wonderful. salad is probably one of my favorite things for lunch, i would love this!

go check out my blog, i think you'll like what you find! :)

Mary said...

The dressing sounds lovely. The salad looks wonderful and I love those big croutons.

5 Star Foodie said...

Great version of Cobb salad - I like the persimmons addition and the dressing sounds delicious!

Diana said...

Haha - love the intel on the origins of the cobb salad! Sounds like a perfectly lovely lunch!

Bob said...

Sounds fantastic. I need to start eating salads more. Heh, I was doing really well for a while...

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

That looks really good! I wish it was in front of me now, my tummy is grumbling for dinner. Yummy dressing too.

Catherine said...

This salad sounds so delicious! I love the touch of persimmons you added. I'll have to make this soon!

pigpigscorner said...

Love fruits in salads, even better with croutons!

Dawn said...

even salads you do perfect. I haven't had a good cobb salad since I ate at Disney World....imagine that

sophia said...

mm, nothing like a cobb salad, but I'll have to wait for this crazy chilly weather to be over, first. Haha, that cheese looked like noodles!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love Cobb Salad. Yours sounds very yummy!

lisaiscooking said...

I love this kind of salad with all kinds of thing--and hard boiled eggs. The persimmons sound great!

Jessie said...

I love cobb salads! it is one of my favorite salads along with Caesar salads. That dressing sounds delicious too

ValleyWriter said...

The addition of the persimmons was very creative - sounds lovely!

OysterCulture said...

I love that you are a soup and salad gal - always a source of inspiration.

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