I mentioned in my post last week, Summertime is Salad-time!, composed salads are the easiest thing to make for you and your A Summer Salad Fit for a Dinner Party!family for dinner.

In general they are quick, easy and full of greens making sure that all of you stay healthy for the outdoor activities that the sunny weather permits.

As I said above, in general, composed salads are quick to make but this one take a little more time but boy, is it worth it!

For those of you who have had a good Cobb salad before I am not going to have to convert you. But for those of you who think that the ready made packages from the supermarket are the best you can get, you may be missing out!

A homemade Cobb salad takes a little organization but not too much time as it can all be done at once. A salad like this will wow your family or even guests at an al fresco dinner party.

Speaking of dinner parties, this is a great way to keep costs down for a summer gathering.

By not serving an expensive steak or chicken *** entree on the grill you save a lot and no-one will miss the meat and they definitely won't know how much you save after they taste this salad!

Tip: for serving large crowds of people, you may want to add the blue cheese individually as some people can be adverse to it.

Traditional Cobb Salad with the Original Brown Derby Dressing, serves 3-4 as an entree

Recipe reproduced from Tiny Test Kitchen.

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 2 romaine hearts, sliced into 1/2" strips
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 batch of Original Brown Derby Dressing, recipe below

1. Place eggs into a small saucepan and cover with cold, salted water. Put a lid over the pan and place over high heat to bring water to a boil. As soon as the water is boiling, turn the heat off but leave the pan on the hob. Leave eggs to sit in the hot water for 12 minutes. Remove promptly from the water and run under cold water, peel and chop. Set aside.

2. Bring a medium saucepan of cold, lightly salted water to a slow simmer. Add chicken breasts and poach for 8-10, until chicken is cooked through. Set aside until cool enough to handle and then chop into 1/4" pieces. Set aside.

3. Place bacon strips in a cold pan and set over medium high heat. Cook for for 8 minutes, or until crispy but not burnt. Cut into 1/2" pieces.

4. In a large salad bowl, add the chopped romaine lettuce. Top with rows of the egg, chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato and blue cheese. Toss with the dressing immediately before serving.

Original Brown Derby Dressing, makes 3/4 cup

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry English mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup full-flavored olive oil
  • 3/4 cup canola oil

1. Place all the ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl or a blender except the oils. Stir to combine. Drizzle the oils in, whisking continuously until the dressing thickens. Serve with salad.

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ViennaVienna Nowell

Vienna currently resides in New York City, but is originally from London. She is a contributing writer under the A Straight Talk on Debt and Savvy Spender blogs. She and her husband are recently married and they are contemplating taking the nexgt big step and buying their first home.  They are still working their way through the process of buying an apartment, and Vienna and her husband are learning as they go. Vienna also writes a food blog Tiny Test Kitchen, is a freelance writer, chef and food stylist. Read more posts by Vienna here. Compensated Blogger for CareOne Debt Relief Services.

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