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How to Make a Cobb Salad

The original Cobb salad was invented at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. Save on travel costs and make one at home instead.


  • Step 1: Wash lettuce & tomato Wash the lettuce and the tomato.
  • Step 2: Tear lettuce Tear the lettuce and place it in the salad bowl or on platter.
  • Step 3: Chop tomato, onion & avocado Chop the tomato, red onion, and avocado into uniform small pieces – about ¼ inch.
  • TIP: To prevent the avocado from turning brown, squeeze lemon juice on the cut pieces.
  • Step 4: Cut the bacon Cut the bacon into ¼-inch pieces.
  • Step 5: Cube the chicken Cube the chicken breast into ¼-inch pieces.
  • Step 6: Add egg & cheese Cut the hard-boiled egg into ¼-inch pieces and crumble the cheese in a bowl.
  • Step 7: Arrange ingredients Arrange all of the ingredients on top of the lettuce in neat rows.
  • Step 8: Make the dressing Make your dressing by whisking the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot, salt, and pepper together.
  • TIP: To save time, you can put all of the dressing ingredients in a jar, close the lid, and shake vigorously. This also allows you to keep any extra dressing tightly sealed for another salad.
  • Step 9: Add dressing to taste Drizzle, or pour lavishly, the dressing all over the salad, and enjoy a big Hollywood taste without the starred sidewalks and terrible traffic.
  • FACT: The Brown Derby restaurant opened in 1926 near Hollywood and Vine and was shaped like a hat.

You Will Need

  • A large salad bowl or platter
  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • 1.0 head of lettuce (red leaf
  • romaine
  • your choice)
  • 1.0 medium ripe tomato
  • 0.5 red onion
  • 1.0 avocado
  • 6.0 strips of crisp bacon
  • 2.0 grilled chicken breasts
  • 0.5 c crumbled Roquefort cheese
  • 1.0 hard-boiled egg
  • A whisk
  • 0.67 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0.33 c sherry vinegar
  • 1.0 minced shallot
  • 1.0 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Wedge of lemon
  • Small jar with lid

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