Dining Hall DIY: Custom Cobb Salad

Whoever came up with the bacon, lettuce, tomato combo was a genius. Crunchy, salty bacon just yearns for a tangy sweet juicy burst of ripe tomato…the two dancing their sensuous tango atop a bed of crispy fresh lettuce.
The Cobb Salad takes this flawless trio to yet another level, adding more colorful players to jazz up the stage.
According to Wikipedia: “The Cobb Salad is a main-dish garden salad made from chopped salad greens (head lettuce, watercress, chicory, and romaine), tomato, crisp bacon, boiled or roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, chives, red-wine vinaigrette and Roquefort cheese. The salad was invented in the 1930s at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, where it became a signature dish. It is named for the restaurant’s owner, Robert Howard Cobb, first cousin of baseball legend Ty Cobb. Stories vary as to whether the salad was invented by Cobb or by his chef.”

Interesting, no? If you feel constrained by what you have in the cafeteria, fear not! Our version here does not include chicken breast, avocado, chives, red-wine vinegrette, and Roquefort cheese, but is still pretty darn delicious. The key players, in our opinion, are the tomatoes, bacon, egg, and romaine lettuce. These are loyal inhabitants of our cafeteria, and we’re confident that the same holds true at your glorious college cafeteria.

Connie and Annie are sisters and bloggers making the most of dining hall fare at the Ratty, Brown University’s dining hall. They blog at Ratty Gourmet.


Custom Cobb Salad
Serves 1

2 cups romaine lettuce
1 hard boiled egg
2 slices of bacon
1/4 cup diced tomatoes tomatoes
1/4 cup corn, zucchini, red onion salsa
1/4 cup cooked black beans
1 tablepoon dressing of your choice

Place the romaine lettuce on a large plate. Chop the egg and bacon to small pieces. Neatly arrange your toppings in beautiful colorful rows across the top of the lettuce. Drizzle with dressing of your choice.

Originally posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012

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