As a young person, growing into adulthood, I had a few select salads that I knew and stuck with in life. My first salad was a Chef salad. I vividly remember ordering this at restaurants because I knew it was a safe and good choice. A few years later (college era) I found to love Cobb salad. At this time, I began a liking to avocado and hard boiled eggs. Together they are a great source of protein, and fresh simple foods.
So, what exactly makes a Cobb salad? Typically I think of it as: lettuce, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, avocadoes, and Ranch dressing. Wikipedia tells me to remember the acronyms like this: EAT COBB: eggs, avocado, tomato, chicken, onion, bleu-cheese, and bacon for this salad’s ingredients.
So my version omits the chicken and onion, and red-wine vinaigrette (but please add them to yours if you like). I love bleu-cheese, but some members of my family do not (I am not disclosing names here ;)). Sometimes I use bleu-cheese, otherwise feta cheese is great, too.
I like this salad, becausI it is filling, especially if I am using it as the main dish. It is packed with some great sources of protein. For the dressing, if your family enjoys Ranch dressing as much as ours – it’s just the right excuse to have that on the table, too!
Not a Ranch fan? Other compatible dressings are: bleu-cheese, green goddess, or a red-wine vinaigrette.
- 4 c. good, fresh lettuce - chopped
- 5 slices bacon - cooked and crumbled
- 3 hard boiled eggs - cooled and sliced
- 1 avocado - diced
- ¼ c. bleu cheese (or feta cheese) crumbled
- ½ c. cherry tomatoes or sliced tomato
- ½ c. croutons (if desired)
- ⅓ c. Ranch dressing (or dressing of choice)
- Wash and dry lettuce.
- Place lettuce in large bowl.
- Add bacon, eggs, avocado, cheese, and tomatoes.
- Toss together and drizzle with your favorite dressing.