The Cobb Salad – Revamped!
Salads have the option of going two ways: deliciously awesome or completely and utterly boring. Think cold wilted iceberg lettuce or spicy and crunchy arugula? It’s a no brainer there, right? When it comes to salads a plain bowl of iceberg lettuce with a few tasteless cherry tomatoes doesn’t do it for me. No excitement. None whatsoever. In fact, that type of salad makes me NOT like salads, not at all.
However, there are salads that can rock your dinner-time world. Salads that actually make you enjoy eating bowls full of lettuce and veggies. Trust me – a few creative and flavor packed ingredients will take your everyday salad up a notch (in fact, several notches)! Salads with something way more fun than the usual tomatoes and cucumbers. Along the lines of my revamped cobb salad!
My cobb salad is “revamped” in the sense that it doesn’t contain many of the traditional cobb salad ingredients – like bacon or chopped hardboiled eggs. Obviously I’m not gonna eat the bacon. The eggs would totally be good on there, but I have an egg-phobe husband and no egg product can come within 10 feet of his food. So no eggs. Oh well.
What I did add to this delicious “rock-your world” salad is tons of ingredients with all types of flavors, textures and colors. Like beets, barley, beans, avocado, tempeh and a local raw cheddar cheese. And like all cobb salads, this one was topped with a creamy (but healthy) dressing! All together, these ingredients turned out to be one of the best salad’s I’ve made in a long time. Completely amazing to eat and even more satisfying afterwards. And even more exciting is the fact that you can completely customize this salad to your likes! Try it with your favorite ingredients!
Revamped Cobb Salad (serves 2):
- 4 cups mixed greens
- 1/2 cup steamed beets
- 1/2 cup cooked barley
- 1/2 cup diced avocado
- 1/2 cup white beans
- 1/2 cup diced cooked tempeh or chicken, tuna or other protein
- 1/4 cup diced cheddar cheese
- Creamy Herb Dressing
- Toss salad greens with dressing (amount is your choice). Divide evenly between two plates.
- Gather all the salad toppings. Top each plate with an equal amount of all the toppings. To make your salad look like a traditional cobb salad, place each topping into rows on top of the salad.
- Serve immediately.
You tell me! What’s your favorite salad? Do you like a simple salad or one with lots of toppings? What’s the best cobb salad you’ve ever had?