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Brown Derby's Cobb Salad

Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2007

 

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  So what are capers? In case you are just not sure what a caper is, you are not alone. A caper is the flower "bud" of a shrub (Capparis spinosa L.) native to Mediterranean countries and parts of Asia. The petite green/gray "nonpareilles" found in southern France are considered by some to be the finest. Pungently flavored capers are used to garnish meat and vegetable dishes and to flavor many sauces and condiments.

In 1937, the Cobb Salad was created at the Brown Derby restaurant by owner Bob Cobb. An overnight sensation, the famous salad's popularity continues.

1/2 head of iceberg lettuce

(about 4 cups)

1/2 bunch watercress

1 small bunch chicory (about

2 1/2 cups)

1/2 head romaine

(about 2 1/2 cups)

2 medium tomatoes, peeled,

seeded and diced

2 breasts of chicken, boiled,

skinned, boned and diced

6 strips bacon cooked crisp,

diced

1 avocado, peeled and diced

3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled

and diced

2 tablespoons minced fresh

chives

1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort

cheese

 

So what are capers? In case you are just not sure what a caper is, you are not alone. A caper is the flower "bud" of a shrub (Capparis spinosa L.) native to Mediterranean countries and parts of Asia. The petite green/gray "nonpareilles" found in southern France are considered by some to be the finest. Pungently flavored capers are used to garnish meat and vegetable dishes and to flavor many sauces and condiments.

Cut lettuce, half the watercress, chicory and romaine in fine pieces and arrange in a large salad bowl or in individual shallow bowls.

Arrange tomatoes, chicken, bacon, avocado and eggs in strips on the greens.

Sprinkle with chives and cheese and garnish with remaining watercress. Just before serving, toss salad with Cobb salad dressing, to taste.

Serves 2-4.

Brown Derby's Cobb

Salad Dressing

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon granulated

sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire

sauce

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1small clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup full-flavored olive oil

3/4 cup vegetable oil

Combine water, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic and oils in a container with lid.

Before using, shake well to blend. Makes 1 1/2 cups.



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