Be the star of the picnic with All-American Cobb Salad

Robert H. Cobb is said to have created this salad at his Los Angeles Brown Derby restaurant in 1937. It can be made ahead, and it’s easy to take to a picnic or served on the patio.

The story goes that Cobb was in his restaurant, had not eaten by midnight and was hungry. So he took whatever was leftover in the refrigerator and created this salad. Use this recipe as a guide and use whatever you have on hand for your Cobb Salad.

Fred Tasker’s wine suggestion: A dozen flavors here. Straddle them with a nice, dry rosé wine.

Helpful hints:

The recipe calls for hard-boiled eggs. Here is a simple way to make them. Place the eggs in a sauce pan filled with cold water to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 10 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water to cool the eggs.


Cook the hard-boiled eggs.

Assemble the ingredients.

Arrange them on a serving plate.

Shopping list:

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Quick Fix Dinner.

To buy: 2 whole eggs, 4 ounces low-sodium deli ham, 2 tomatoes, 1 small bunch chives, 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat lettuce, 2 ounces crumbled Roquefort cheese, 1/2 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast and 1 whole wheat baguette.

Staples: Reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing

Cobb Salad

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

4 cups washed, ready-to-eat lettuce

2 hard-boiled eggs

4 oz. low-sodium deli ham

2 cups tomato quarters

1/4 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese (2 ounces)

1/2 lb. cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 Tbsp. chopped chives

1/2 cup reduced-fat olive oil and vinegar dressing

1/2 whole wheat baguette, sliced

Place the lettuce on a serving plate. Add the eggs, ham, tomato quarters, cheese and chicken in individual rows over the lettuce. Sprinkle the chives over the ingredients. Drizzle the dressing on top. Serve with the baguette slices.

Per serving: 621 calories (33 percent from fat), 23.1 g fat (8.8 g saturated, 5.5 g monounsaturated), 307 mg cholesterol, 56.1 g protein, 43.8 g carbohydrates, 6.3 g fiber, 1302 mg sodium.

Yield 2 servings