I should not even have to write this post, but considering the awful salads I have had that called themselves Cobb, I think it’s time to set the record straight.
How do I know this? I know it because I am old enough to have actually had a real Cobb Salad at the original Brown Derby in Hollywood when I was a little girl. You don’t forget things like that, especially when they are so good.
A real Cobb Salad is a chopped salad. What does chopped mean? It means small pieces, like the size of a pea. A lot of cooks think that a Cobb Salad is just a Chef’s Salad, but with specific ingredients. Well, it’s not – it’s a chopped salad, usually with bacon, blue cheese, egg, tomatoes, avocado, spring onions, and chicken all chopped up into little tiny pieces with a unobtrusive vinaigrette like the Original Brown Derby Dressing.
- 1 tomato, chopped fine
- 1 egg, hard boiled and chopped fine
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped fine
- 1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
- 2 green onions, chopped fine
- ¼ lb cooked chicken, chopped fine
- ¼ head of iceberg lettuce, chopped fine
- Original Brown Derby Dressing
- In a large salad or pasta bowl, put the chopped lettuce as a bed for the remaining ingredients.
- Lay the rest on the tomato, egg, bacon, blue cheese, green onions and chicken in rows, or in sections (rows is more authentic).
- Present the salad, then toss with the Brown Derby Original Dressing