The Whatever Cobb Salad

This isn’t really a recipe, my ladyship, but more of a “toss together anything you have cobby lying around and call it a day” salad, my lordship.

Oh, sorry about the nicknames. We just finished the first season of Downton Abbey last night and now I’m completely obsessed and wishing I had a hunormous castle to trot around in all day and receive telegrams and wear my hair in silky rolls and decide which brooch is best to wear on my new frock for dinner with the Countess and Earl and Duke and Hazard and Lordstress and Lordstrom.


Lordstress. That’s what they would call me right now during this bloody kitchen remodel. And it hasn’t even STARTED YET. But I won’t trouble your pretty little head about this. Not just yet.


This whatever cobb salad was one of those last second decisions on Sunday. During that decision process this sentence may have slipped out from my significant Earlship. “Yeah, maybe we keep it vegetarian tonight since we just ate chicken last night. Oh, but let’s add bacon!” I politely beseech you not to alert the council of this dreadful mishap. For we must firmly uphold our family name and reputation. Now fetch me a bottle of our best red from the cellar.




I also need to note that my Right Honourable Husbandship asked me to show you his corn row version of the salad next to mine.

Oh! It’s like his and her towels! But with salad greens and veggies instead of sweat and shower germs.


I think this brooch in my frock might have punctured the artery leading to my brain.

This is my telegram to you: Make it justly possible that your face courts this salad for the remaining of your evening activities. You won’t harbor regret, my dukeship of pearl.

And PS. This brooch is like, way hideous.

The Whatever Cobb Salad:

What it took for 2 dinner salads:

* 2 romaine hearts, rinsed and chopped
* 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained and chopped, reserving 1 Tbs. bacon grease in pan
* 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
* 1/2 cup frozen peas
* 2 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
* 1/2 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
* 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
* 8 large basil leaves
* 1 tsp white wine vinegar
* 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Bring the reserved bacon grease to a medium high heat in the skillet. Add the sliced onions and saute until you see a little color, 5 minutes. Add the corn and saute until slightly caramelized, 5 minutes. Add the peas and toss until heated through, 1 minute.

In a food processor, add the basil, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Blitz until you have a nice dressing.

Evenly divide the chopped romaine on two dinner plates. Top with egg, bacon, tomatoes, kidney beans, corn and pea mixture, blue cheese crumbles and a good drizzle of the basil dressing.

Serve to all the Lords and Ladies and Valets and Puppies!

Wait, what?

*You can always add grilled chicken or salmon. Throw some avocado on der. Take off the blue cheese. Do whatevs makes ya squeal. The salad is your oyster. OH! Add oysters!*

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24 Responses to The Whatever Cobb Salad

  1. Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm #
    "Maybe we keep it vegetarian tonight". Famous (and recurring) last words... I'll keep the blue cheese, thankyouverymuch.
  2. Cookbook Queen March 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm #
    I love this "anything cobby" salad!!! Cobb Salad is my all time favorite. I feel like such a loser for not watching Downton Abbey yet. Can I catch reruns?? Is it too late?!?!?
    • Bev Weidner March 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm #
      You can totally Netflix stream it! Do it before the abbey kicks you OUTETH.
  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm #
    This looks so good Bev and I like the "whatever" attitude about it!
  4. DessertForTwo March 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm #
    Cobb salad is this ladyship's favorite thing to shove in her ladyship's face.
  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm #
    Mmm this is so full of goodness!
  6. Julie @ Table for Two March 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm #
    I'm obsessed with cobb salad ... almost every time I go to cheesecake factory (ew, right?) i order a cobb salad-- i can easily make it at home but i never do, i'm so lazy. i want to face dive into your cobb right now -- sorry, i hope that didn't sound dirty haha, but this is chock full of deliciousness!!
  7. lynn @ the actor's diet March 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm #
    yum - my kinda salad!
  8. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm #
    I. Am. A Downton Abbey addict. !!
  9. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm #
    Cobb salads are def one of my fave! Mmmm Mm good!!!
  10. brandi March 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm #
    bacon should be on every salad. the end.
  11. Julia {The Roasted Root} March 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm #
    Whatever salads are always the best salads...the kind that actually get you full and send your palate on a flavor & texture journey. Beautiful and simple!
  12. Deanna B. March 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm #
    I love Downton Abbey. I have all of them on my DVR still so I can rewatch them and yell at the tv. Preferably with a cocktail. Love Cobb salads. Or any salad with avocado. I'm not so picky.
  13. Megan @ Country Cleaver March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm #
    I have both seasons on DVD and they haven't left my changer since I bought them. It's only more than slightly ridiculous!! You better get onto the second season STAT, you will be wanting to crawl right into the screen!!
  14. Jillian @ Newlybread March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm #
    Yessss! Number 1-I am totally obsessed with Downtown Abbey! So amazing. Also so bummed I can't watch season 2 on PBS for free anymore. And 2 this cobb looks incredible! I need it!
  15. Katie March 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm #
    I think I need to get on the Downton Abby bandwagon, right? Good thing it's alllllllll on Netflix. I'll probably have to eat cobb salad while I watch it because now those two things are linked in my brain forever.
  16. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm #
    This salad looks delightful. And, I am truly always amazed how you can make something simple turn into something fabulous. Totally amazed.
  17. Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook March 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm #
    I just finished season one of Downton Abbey as well! I will make this salad as I start watching season 2 on DVR!
  18. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. March 21, 2012 at 1:35 am #
    too good my friend! I love everything about this, especially the name
  19. Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac March 21, 2012 at 3:24 am #
    My boyfriend and I just finished the first season of Downton last night too!!! I can't wait for the second season to come to Netflix! Any idea when it'll be available??
  20. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE March 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm #
    Gorgeous! I call this a kitchen sink salad ... you know, throw in anything that looks good - even the kitchen sink. LOVE IT!
  21. Deborah March 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm #
    I feel like when I make salads at home, they are never as good as when I buy them or when someone else makes them. Will you make me one of these and send it my way?? :)
  22. Vita @ Juicer Depot June 13, 2012 at 7:53 am #
    This was soooo good! First time making a cob salad. I don't know why I waited this long to make one since it was so easy. I topped it off with grilled chicken too.


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