Cobb Salad

We have a joke in my family that we never allow my mother to order Cobb Salad at a restaurant because she is always disappointed when it arrives, and rightly so.  Just because a salad has egg and bacon in it does not make it a true Cobb Salad.  The origin of the Cobb salad from Wikipedia:

One says that it came about 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. Stories vary as to whether the salad was invented by Cobb or by his chef, Chuck Wilson. The legend is that Cobb had not eaten until near midnight, and so he mixed together leftovers he found in the kitchen, along with some bacon cooked by the line cook, and tossed it with their French dressing.

This salad is faithfully recreated today at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at Hollywood Studios, Disney World.  What makes the salad so special is that all the ingredients are finely chopped and then layered in a bowl.

The "real" Cobb Salad

Disney Family Fun Magazine has provided the recipe if you would like to duplicate this at home.  For me, I’ll just wait until my next visit, and I need to bring my Mom.

1/2 head iceberg lettuce

1/2 bunch watercress

1 small bunch chicory

1/2 head romaine lettuce

2 medium tomatoes, blanched

and peeled

1 1/2 cups cooked turkey breast, diced

1 avocado

3 eggs, hard-cooked

1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled

6 strips crisp bacon, crumbled

2 tbsp. chopped chives

Chop all greens very fine (reserve some watercress for presentation) and arrange in salad bowl. Cut tomatoes in half, remove seeds and dice une. Also dice the turkey, avocado and eggs. Arrange the above ingredients, as well as the blue cheese and bacon crumbles, in straight lines across the greens. Arrange the chives diagonally across the above lines. Present the salad at the table, then toss with the dressing (below) and place on chilled plates with a watercress garnish. Serves six.


1/2         cup water

1/2         tsp. sugar

1 1/4      tbsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/2         cup red-wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2         tbsp. ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. English mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups salad oil

Blend together all ingredients, except oils, then add olive and salad oils and mix well. Blend well again before mixing with salad.


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7 responses to “Cobb Salad

  1. It’s my favorite and I always get it when we go…..along with the Grapefruit Cake.

  2. wdwalone

    I’ll stick with the new cobb salads – unfortunately, I do not like that dressing at all….but there are a lot of things at the Brown Derby that I do like :)!

  3. I love this salad! The husband would hates 3/4 of the ingredients and wolfs it down like it’s a contest- we always need a cobb salad!

  4. No wonder they don’t make it well in many places… It is an involved process. 😉

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