The Cobb salad is a classic American dish that has been around since the 1930s. It was created by Robert Cobb, the owner of the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. A midnight hankering to serve something delicious to friends inspiredhim to throw a bunch of leftover ingredients together and the traditional Cobb Salad was born.
The salad became famous for being a favourite of celebrities and movie stars, who would often visit the restaurant. Today, the Cobb salad is still a wildly popular dish.
When you are visiting Los Angeles be sure to try the renowned version at the Polo Lounge, called the McCarthy Salad. Their rendition, which has remained a house specialty since the 1940’s, was a unique request of ingredients by legendary polo star Neil McCarthy. To this day, they still sell over 600 salads per week. On the opposite coast, Michael’s also serves a delectable cobb salad that is a top choice for power lunches in New York City.
A traditional Cobb salad is made with lettuce, chicken, bacon, eggs, avocado, tomato, and crumbled blue cheese. Preparing the salad is simple. The ingredients are chopped into small pieces and presented on a plate or bowl in individual sections with the dressing served on the side. There are many interpretations of the original, so have fun with it and make your own signature dish.