When I decided to make a Cobb salad from my Foodie Bucket List I naively thought it was going to be a simple challenge. How hard could it be?
But just like this scene from my favourite foodie movie Julie & Julia, everyone seems to enjoy this classic salad differently.
I had the classic ingredients: blue cheese, hard boiled egg, avocado, diced chicken, bacon…
Although the avocados were a little under-ripe and the hard boiled egg refused to come out of its shell which is why I learned how to make them in the Instant Pot.
I was surprised to see that according to the recipe the dressing was a vinaigrette and not creamy.
It was very simple. A Dijon vinaigrette with shallots. I used a white wine vinegar instead of apple cider because I am not a fan and…
It was all wrong! The classic Cobb salad may have a vinaigrette but that was not the right dressing for me. I asked my foodie friends on Facebook and sure enough, everyone seems to have it differently and restaurants serve the salad with their own interpretation.
I added some mayonnaise to the salad dressing and tried again a couple of days later after my avocado had some time to ripen.
I also decided to serve it in divided segments with the different Cobb salad foodie categories which is the classic way of serving it.
I love a good vinaigrette but when it comes to Cobb salad, I want a creamy dressing. I braved the blue cheese and the bacon. I patiently waited for my avocado to be the perfect state of ripeness…
There are many origin theories for this recipe and it may have originally been served with a red wine vinaigrette but I say make it your own like they do in Julie & Julia. For me, it is a creamy dressing that brings all these fabulously decadent pieces together to make a special salad, perfect for the summer.
What does a Cobb salad mean to you?