The Ultimate Cobb Salad

The Ultimate Cobb Salad

Jane Bruce


For the dressing

  • 1 Cup  red-wine vinegar
  • 1 Cup  water
  •   Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon  coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon  salt
  • 1 Tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon  Colman's mustard
  • 1 Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Cups  canola oil

For the salad

  • 1/2  head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2  bunch watercress, chopped finely
  • 1/2  romaine lettuce, shredded
  • small bunch chicory, chopped finely
  • medium-sized tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • boiled chicken breasts, skinned and boned, diced finely
  • strips crisp bacon
  • avocado, peeled and diced finely
  • hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • small bunch chives, minced
  • 1/2 Cup  crumbled Roquefort cheese

The definitive "chopped salad," the Cobb was invented in Hollywood, at the Brown Derby restaurant, and quickly became an iconic American dish. At the Derby, it was always presented with its colorful mix of ingredients arranged neatly arranged, then tossed at the table.


For the dressing

Combine the vinegar, water, lemon juice, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a blender and pulse briefly to combine. Stir in the olive and canola oil.

Chill for at least 4 hours in a sealed jar or bottle before using.

For the salad

Arrange the iceberg, watercress, romaine, and chicory in 4 adjacent lines in the bottom of a wide, shallow wooden salad bowl. Arrange the tomatoes and chicken in alternating adjacent lines crosswise over the lines of greens. Sprinkle the bacon over the salad evenly. Arrange the avocado around the edges of the salad. Sprinkle the eggs, chives, and Roquefort evenly over the salad.

Just before serving, shake the dressing. Add 1 cup of the dressing and toss very well.



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