This is the time of year when the kids are back in school and everyone is figuring out their new schedules. Its a great time for a make ahead dinner so I thought the original Cobb Salad would be wonderful. Cobb salad was created at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, a place I have many great memories of as a little girl. It has long since been closed despite its famous and sometimes infamous, patrons and long history. The restaurant was a one of a kind landmark in Hollywood, now there is a reproduction, built in 1989 in Orlando Florida.
The Original Cobb Salad with dressing:
1/2 head lettuce, about 4 cups
1 bunch watercress
1 small bunch chicory, about 2 1/2 cups
1/2 head romaine, about 2 1/2 cups
2 medium peeled tomatoes
6 strips of crisp bacon
2 breasts of boiled chicken
3 hard cooked eggs
1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 cup (approximately) Original Cobb Salad Dressing
Cut lettuce, half the watercress, chicory and romaine in fine pieces and arrange in a large salad bowl. Cut the tomatoes, bacon, chicken, eggs, and avocado in small pieces and arrange, along with the crumbled Roquefort cheese, in strips on the greens. Sprinkle finely cut chives over the Cobb salad and garnish with the remaining watercress. Just before serving mix the salad with the Cobb salad dressing.
Original Cobb Salad Dressing:
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dry English mustard
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup full-flavored olive oil
3/4 cup salad oil
Blend all ingredients together, except oils. Add olive and salad oils. Mix well. Blend well again before mixing with salad.
A note from the Brown Derby: "The water is optional, depending upon the degree of oiliness desired in the dressing."
A lot of the ingredients can be found fresh and may even be in abundance in your garden this time of year, for the rest here are the coupons: