Carolina Cobb Salad
For those of you who are noticing that this is the second salad recipe I have posted in a week, I would like to reply with, yes, I realize that too. And I will not apologize for it, dang it!!
You can never have too many fresh, flavor-filled salads in your rotation and I have been on a particular binge with them lately. You too? Oh good. This particular salad was created when I had something similar in the deli section of a supermarket. When I started researching the name, Carolina Cobb Salad, I realized that it was just a title. As far as I could tell, there is no specific formula for this kind of salad. So after a few tries, I realized that this is the combination that I love. Then I realized I better right it down before I forget it. No that that ever happens, but, you know…
You want to know the best part? The last time I ate this, I skipped the dressing entirely. There was so much going on in my mouth with the whole crunchy, tangy, crispy, and sour thing, I didn’t even need it. Which means, you can toss this whole she-bang in a container on your way to work and just grab a fork. Staying home with the kids, I have been making one for myself and tucking it in the fridge so that I have no excuse not to eat healthy for lunch that day. Even though, with this salad, it isn’t exactly a taxing experience. My biggest issue? Keeping my 2 1/2 year old from stealing all of mine. So now I just make him his own. Neither of us miss the dressing and the rainbow of colors is incredibly satisfying on these January days. Salads for the win!
Carolina Cobb Salad
In the interest of keeping this salad healthy, keep your portions of bleu cheese and dried fruit to a minimum. This combo of flavors is absolutely stellar but if you really need to add dressing, use it sparingly.
Layer on individual plates:
lettuce (I happened to have romaine on hand when I photographed this but use whatever you like)
tart diced apples, such as granny smith or gala (I use 1/2 an apple per person)
crumbled bleu cheese
hard boiled egg
diced cooked chicken or turkey
unsweetened, dried cranberries
cherry tomatoes, or whatever tomatoes look good at the time
Optional: bleu cheese dressing or ranch dressing