RhodeyGirl’s Cobb Salad
The menu had classic cobb salads.
Cobb salad you say? May I have it with no bacon, no chicken, no bleu cheese, sub nuts and feta?
….Is it no longer a cobb salad, or is it just a cobb salad improved?
The salad stunk. At the restaurant.
My version at home? Literally perfection. Probably the best salad I have ever had in my life. And that is me being conservative in my self praise. I may have said it out loud three or four times.
Don’t judge me for self praising. I can’t help it.
If you make it, you too will understand.
But I needed a substitution for bacon! I love bacon. It is salty, crunchy, amazing. I do not like where bacon comes from. So I don’t eat it.
The two suggestions that most intrigued me came from Living on the Vedge and Mango & Tomato with fried beans and smoked nuts respectively. I decided to try a combination of the two, and the result was crunchy, salty, smoky flavor without the oink. In other words, exactly what I wanted.
This cobb salad is the perfect summer meal with protein, healthy fats, and lots of vegetables as well as all the textures and flavors. Crunchy. Creamy. Salty. Sweet. Tangy.
Shall I go on, or do you get the point?
RhodeyGirl’s Cobb Salad
6 cups assorted lettuces (arugula, romaine, bibb)
1 tomato, diced
1 cucumber, diced
3 boiled eggs
4 oz feta cheese
juice from 1 lemon
dash kosher salt
1/4 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup hickory smoked almonds, crushed roughly
1/4 cup cannellini beans
oil for frying
1. Heat some oil in a small pan over medium heat. When hot, add the cannellini beans and fry for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
2. Whisk the oil into the juice from one lemon. Add 1 oz of the feta and whisk to combine.
3. Place the lettuce in two bowls and toss with the dressing you just made. Mix the roughly crushed almonds and fried cannellini beans. Assemble the salads. Put half of the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, eggs, and remaining cheese over the dressed salads as well as the almond and bean mixture. Enjoy!
Fried beans and smoked almonds make a great substitution for bacon.
His and Hers salads. PB’s salad also had grilled chicken.
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