“Those who take rides on rainbows and hear music from dusty violins know that love is a many splendored thing.”
As the days are getting sunnier, I am tempted to pack a picnic lunch and head outside but I’m afraid it’s not quite warm enough yet. I know it’s just a matter of time and I can’t wait. When the ingredients of a Cobb Salad are laid out in rows, I think the contrast in colors are so pleasing, almost like a rainbow. A rainbow, too pretty to eat.
I have made this American classic several times now since my friend, Sue, shared a picture with me last Fall. Thanks, Sue! Every time I make it for a crowd, I make extra so that we can enjoy some at home too. Pair with a light wine, a crusty baguette or German Flammkuchen (look out for this recipe soon!) and the meal is complete.
Serves 8 – 10
1 – 2 heads (about 6 cups) Romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, coarsely chopped
1 – 2 cups arugula (a.k.a. rocket or rucola)
5 hard boiled eggs, sliced or chopped
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
2 cups tomatoes, diced or quartered
3 cups chicken, cooked and cut in cubes (I use 2 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise to make 4, seasoned with salt & pepper, pan fried/grilled)
8 – 10 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped coarsely
1/2 cup Blue Cheese, crumbled
Vinaigrette Dressing (or use your own favorite dressing)
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp sugar or honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together. Adjust seasonings to your liking and set aside.
If you’re visiting or live in the Dallas, Texas area, The Chocolate Angel makes an awesome Cobb Salad. Look at the rainbow of delicious-ness! Make reservations for lunch and head over with your girlfriends to The Chocolate Angel Café and Tearoom. Or if you’re in a hurry, you can place an order by phone and take it To Go.
I know my family always asks for their velvet Chicken Tortilla Soup when it’s available and my boys especially love their Grilled Chicken and Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches. I tend to gravitate towards the Bradbury Chopped Salad, Veggie Delight or Tuna Salad Sandwich myself. However, it’s the ‘Some Like it Hot’ Sandwich, featured in the Southern Living’s Best of 2012, people rave about. If you can’t decide, there is always the option to get a duet or trio where you can choose from their list of goodies. Do know The High Street Location offers a Sunday Brunch Buffet and that’s all about options. In the words of Austin Powers, “oh groovy, baby!”
There’s something about the White Chocolate-Cranberry Scones, Strawberry-Pretzel Salad and Aunt Dot’s Fudge Pie that’s so welcoming and dreamy. If you do visit, please send the Chocolate Angels ~ Sherrie, Marcia and Melissa ~ a warm “hello” from me. Clearly, I’m missing their food but mainly their gracious southern hospitality. Sigh…