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Monday, January 17, 2011

Chew on This | Chicken Challenge - Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad is one of our families favorite hearty main-course salads...it's the perfect choice  for my first contribution to our (Cares and Mimi's)  2011 - Chicken Challenge.   You can use the same ingredients I have listed or mix and match your family's favorites.

This is what you will need to make my version of Cobb Salad:
Lettuce, sharp cheddar cheese, blue cheese, 2 boiled eggs, cooked (white) chicken,
bacon, red onion, avocado, tomato, and the salad dressing of your choice.  
Optional:  I used garlic butter toasted pita chips as a garnish.

Let's start with the lettuce...discard the tough outer leaves and place the shredded lettuce
in a large bowl or flat serving platter.  Next, fry the bacon until crisp, and crumble when cool.  Fast and easy so far, wouldn't you say?

Cut the ingredients of choice into 1/4" to 1/2" dice.

Arrange the diced ingredients in rows on top of the shredded lettuce.  Season with salt and
pepper if desired.  Use your favorite salad dressing.  Salad can be dressed and mixed at the table after presentation or let everyone serve themselves and then add their own dressing.


Here is the recipe:

Cobb Salad

1 head of lettuce
3 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 oz crumbled blue cheese
2 hard boiled eggs, cut into 1/4" dice
5 oz cooked(white) chicken, cut into a 1/2" dice
3 oz crumbled fried bacon
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4" dice
1 plum tomato, cut into 1/2" dice
1/2 medium red onion, chopped fine
salt and pepper to taste
your favorite salad dressing

Shred lettuce, discarding the tough outer leaves. Place lettuce in a large bowl or a nice flat serving platter. Fry bacon in a 8-10" skillet until bacon is crisp on both sides.  Drain on a paper towel.  Let cool, then crumble the bacon and set aside.

Prepare the suggested ingredients as indicated or create your own version of this main-course salad.  Arrange the ingredients in rows on the top of the shredded lettuce.
Season with salt and pepper if desired.  Use your favorite salad dressing.  Salad can be
dressed and mixed after presentation or let everyone serve themselves.

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