|"Our House" Cobb Salad|
|Molly (our dog) just ventured out in the rain with me to cut these lovely fresh chives that have wintered over on our patio.|
Ingredients for "Our House" Cobb Salad:
1/2 head of romaine washed drained and trimmed to about 1" pieces
2 C. spinach, arugula, or other lettuce, washed stems removed trimmed and drained
Freshly ground black pepper
3 large hard cooked eggs peeled and sliced
6 slices bacon, fried crisp, crumbled, and drained
1/2 cucumber, seeds removed, peeled, and sliced
1 large or 2 small avocados, halved, pitted, and diced into fresh lemon juice to retard browning
2 grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts halves seasoned and sliced
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes or chopped whole tomato
1 can of kidney beans drained, rinsed, and marinated in vinaigrette
1/4 pound crumbled blue cheese
1 C. fresh toasted croutons, optional
Red Wine Vinaigrette with Fresh Chives
1/3 C. red wine vinegar
2 t. Dijon mustard
1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. fresh chopped chives
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Early in the day prepare the Vinaigrette by whisking the vinegar and mustard together in a small bowl. While whisking add the olive oil in a slow steady stream. Whisking constantly until all is incorporated. Stir in the chives and the salt and pepper to taste. If you are not using immediately withhold adding the chives until just before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
|After adding 1/4 c. of the dressing to the drained beans refrigerate both the beans and remaining dressing until serving.|
Just before serving time.......
Place the greens in a bowl and drizzle with about 1/4 C. of the vinaigrette and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Heap the greens onto a large platter or divide them between 2-3 individual plates. Arrange the ingredients in distinct rows over the greens. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 C. of the dressing and serve immediately.
|Brian doesn't like avocados and goes light on cucumbers.|
Yield 2-3 full meal salads.
Note: Make this chopped salad your own by varying the ingredients and the dressings.
Another thought....My friends Sue and Myrna at The Iowa Housewife make a wonderful Chive and Buttermilk yeast bread in the spring with fresh chives. Hum, I think I need to get going on that tomorrow, it is delicious!