Cobb salad is the quintessential American salad, first pulled together on a whim by Robert Cobb of the former Los Angeles landmark Brown Derby restaurant when he needed to feed Sid Grauman late one night (1937). It was such a hit, movie stars started requesting "Cobb's salad", and soon its popularity spread. The original Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. was eventually torn down in the 80s, like so many downtown LA landmarks - Perinos, the Ambassador Hotel - leaving a swath of strip malls in their place. I fondly remember the Brown Derby. It was in the shape of huge brown hat (you couldn't miss it) and within a few blocks of where we lived when I was a kid. Ah well, big brown hat gone, but thank goodness the salad remains, a legacy of the Golden Era of Hollywood.
Joe's Cobb Salad contains mixed greens tossed in a bleu cheese dressing topped with the traditional bacon, tomatoes, green onions eggs and bleu cheese crumbles with your choice of grilled chicken boiled shrimp or snow crab.
Joe's Cobb Salad
8 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
3 eggs, boiled and chopped
1 head lettuce, shredded
3 cups chopped cooked meat (chicken, shrimp or crab)
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1 1/2 cups chopped green onions
1 (8 ounce) bottle ranch dressing
fresh cracked pepper
Divide shredded lettuce among plates. 2 Evenly divide and arrange meat, eggs, tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon, and green onions in a row on top lettuce. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with pepper.
Here is a nice presentation of a California Cobb Salad which has shrimp, crab and avocado. This type of display would be great as part of a buffet for your next party.