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Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

entrees, lunch, salad dressings, saladsSheri SpalloneComment
Cobb Salad With Derby Dressing Recipe

Cobb Salad With Derby Dressing Recipe

One of my favorite salads in the whole world is The Cobb Salad.  Who can resist crisp greens, creamy avocado, tomatoes, eggs, scallions, bacon, and leftover chicken?  I surely cannot. Did you know this famous salad originated in Hollywood, back in the 1920's?  

Here's some trivia for you:

The Cobb Salad got its name from Robert Cobb, an owner of the once famous Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles. To quote marriedatthemovies.com: “As the story goes, late one night, [Cobb] prepared himself a salad of chopped leftover chicken with some other ingredients.  Four of his pals dropped by the restaurant after a movie preview, just as Bob was enjoying his homemade supper.  One asked what he was eating, and that salad became known as Bob’s ‘Cobb Salad.’ When the Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929, The Cobb Salad, with its homemade Derby French Dressing appeared as an official fixture on the menu.  To this day, the salad appears on menus throughout the country" (marriedatthemovies.com).  For the full history and original recipe, check out marriedatthemovies.com.  

Cool, huh?

Now I feel privileged to eat such a prestigious salad!  Our version is close to the original recipe, and surely one you will love. Another great line from marriedatthemovies.com: "At the Brown Derby, the Cobb Salad was presented to the guests with all the toppings lined up vertically over the salad greens, and tossed well with the Old Fashioned French Dressing, tableside." (www.marriedatthemovies.com).  The original Derby French Dressing recipe, according to Sally Cobb, called for English mustard, but we substituted Cherchies® Champagne Mustard and added Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning to the mix.  This recipe serves 6, but feel free to scale it down to your liking.  

We would love to hear your comments on this recipe and as always thank you for visiting our blog!   Enjoy!

Salad Ingredients

  • 6 cups shredded mixed greens
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  •  1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked, crispy, and crumbled
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, seeded, peeled, and diced
  • 2 green onions (green part only), chopped
  • Brown Derby French Dressing

Brown Derby French Dressing

Preparation

Prepare the salad dressing.  Add the salad dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid.  Tightly close the lid and shake the ingredients until combined.  Set aside.

Arrange the lettuce on a large platter.  As true to the original recipe, except for the green onions, place all the ingredients vertically over the salad.   We opted to arrange the ingredients in a star shape.

Garnish with the green onions and serve with The Brown Derby French Dressing.  Toss.

Enjoy!

Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

 

 

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Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

salad dressings, snacksSheri SpalloneComment
Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy

One condiment you will find abundantly stocked in our home is Ranch Dressing. Since our second child, Nicholas, was young (by far the pickiest of our three children), Ranch dressing was the quintessential condiment and the only way we could entice him to eat vegetables, chicken tenders, burgers... pretty much anything. Whenever our children would stay at their grandparents' homes, we always forewarned them to keep Ranch dressing on hand or suffer the consequences. 

To this day, Ranch is still our son's preferred condiment, but he's hardly the picky eater he was in the past. He considers himself "The Master Taster Tester" of the family (something he coined when he was younger). I had never made Homemade Ranch before until our son asked, "Mom, what is in ranch dressing?" I was stumped.  So, we looked up the ingredients, and as it turns out, I had everything on hand including fresh herbs from our garden. I sensed there was a method to his madness, so after playing with a few ingredients, I surprised him later with homemade ranch dressing.  His smile said it all.

From The "Master Taster Tester's" lips, "Mom, this is the best darn ranch dressing ever!", It only seemed fitting to share this recipe with the world and label it The Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe.  Embodied in creamy buttermilk, Cherchies® Lem'n Dill, Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs and other fresh herbs, this tasty ranch dressing recipe will appease even the most discerning ranch lover; but beware, you may never go back to the bottled ranch dressing again!  Use this dressing in all your favorite recipes, as a dip for vegetables, chicken tenders, fries, as a spread on sandwiches, and of course as a dressing for salads.

Thank you for stopping by!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (could substitute Greek yogurt) 
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) coarsely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) chopped fresh parsley  (3/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Lem'n Dill Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs No-Salt Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) ground black pepper

Preparation

Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender.  Pulse to combine.  If the recipe is too thick, add more half and half or milk to the mixture.  

Refrigerate and chill for at least an hour, but overnight is preferable, as the flavors will marry. Serve over your favorite salad or as a dipping sauce for fries, chicken tenders, pretzels, vegetables, whatever your heart desires.

Enjoy!

Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Lemony Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

salads, salad dressings, side dishes, lunchSheri SpalloneComment
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Chocked full of fresh vegetables, this tasty colorful salad is the perfect side dish or meal. 

I love this tangy greek-style pasta salad because it is very easy to make and is the perfect side dish to bring to your next party or potluck.  The flavors intensify if made a day ahead.  Add chicken for a light refreshing meal.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Preparation

Cook orzo pasta according to package directions.  Drain Pasta.  In a large bowl, place the chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.  Season with Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning.

Add the drained orzo to the salad.  Then add Cherchies® Pretty Peppers and lightly season with pepper. Right before serving, add the Lemon Honey Vinaigrette.

Next add the Feta cheese and mix to combine.  Add more dressing to taste.  Serve immediately. (*The flavors intensify if made a day ahead).

Tangy, refreshing Lemon Greek Salad.  Enjoy!

Lemony Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Lemony Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

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