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There are several stories as to the origin of this salad.  Legend has it that this salad was dreamed up as a late night snack either by or for Robert Cobb of the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood; supposedly, items where just pulled out of the fridge, chopped up, and put together in a salad.  When I was younger I always thought it was called Cobb because it’s arranged in rows just like the kernels of corn on a cob.  As lovely as this salad is, my favorite way to eat it is all mixed up.  So why bother to arrange it in such beautiful rows?  That question is like asking a woman why she likes flowers knowing that they’ll just die in a week or two.  The answer to both questions:  because they’re pretty!  :)  If you haven’t checked out my giveaway, you can check it out here.  There’s still time to enter!



Cobb Salad


(Yield:  1 main-course serving)


2-3 c lettuce (such as romaine or red-leaf), torn into bite-sized pieces

1 scallion, sliced

¼ to ½ of an avocado, chopped

1 tomato or ½ c cherry tomatoes, chopped

2 slices turkey bacon, cooked and chopped

1 egg, hard-boiled and chopped

½ to 1 oz cheese, shredded or crumbled (my favorites for salad are sharp Cheddar, Roquefort, or Bleu)

1 serving croutons

Splash of apple cider vinegar (optional)


Spread the lettuce out across a plate or large bowl.  On top of the lettuce, arrange each ingredient in a row.  Sprinkle with a little vinegar if desired.



Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Mmmm cobb salad. I love where you talk about how women love flowers….so true!

  2. See now I AM all about the salads! Except for onions and tomatoes I love it all!

  3. Can never go wrong with a Cobb Salad–your looks so pretty! :)

  4. beautiful!! love the colour contrast :) perfect healthy salad! yumm!!

  5. WOW! I think that may officially be the best looking Cobb salad I’ve ever seen! And I’ve never heard any stories of the origin – so I liked hearing about it! :)

  6. What a gorgeous salad. I love me some Cobb…especially the bacon part.

  7. Your Cobb Salad looks grand, not just good, but grand. I have a lot of company coming again, next weekend, and this is a great dish for me to serve. It will brighten up the whole table.

    Your timing in sharing this is perfect. Any other pretty salads for me to make?

    1. Chaya, Thank you so much! This is one of my absolute favorite salads of all time. You might like my Heirloom Tomato Salad…it’s also very pretty! ;)

  8. A good Cobb salad is sheer heaven. I had my first one in San Francisco years ago. I’d have one every day if I dared- I love bacon. Your photo is perfect.

  9. I love cobb salad and yours looks so good! So colorful!

  10. Whew, that salad looks divine!! I love scallions. Beautiful lilies!

  11. This is perfect!! I like the color contrasts. It looks so fresh and delicious!

  12. I know so little about cobb salad as we don’t really get it here but it sure does look pretty! I love the neat little rows (it appeals to my orderly side) ;)

  13. Funny I was just reading a cookbook this evening and there was a diagram on how to set up a Cobb Salad! Your salad looks mighty delicious!

    Your flowers are beautiful too! ;D

  14. I like how the look of the salad being arranged on the plate… yes! pretty and also the flowers :)

  15. That salad is gorgeous. I never really appreciated a good Cobb salad until now.

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