Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Cobb Salad

So I told you all about my new (turkey) bacon addiction and my desire to post more of my ordinary meals, right? Well, here I am, using the bacon, posting the meal. I don't care what anyone says, Cobb Salads are delicious. It's the perfect salad for people who don't typically consider themselves salad lovers (which is totally not me, p.s.) because its packed with so many rich, delicious things that no one can say no to. Its the type of salad I love to make a big bowl of because if you're going to do all that chopping, it might as well not be for a little dinky serving, and because I always want more.

I would like to add that for me, the Cobb Salad has whole other significance. I should probably use this as an opportunity to confess (especially since we seem to be enjoying the spirit of confession these days): I am a TV junkie. I know, I know, it's disgusting. I should be ashamed of myself because TV is the demise of intelligent life, yeah, yeah, yeah. In my defense, I never rarely just park myself in front of the TV and watch anything that's on. I have specific shows that I take very seriously: Entourage, Desperate Housewives, Big Love, Grey's Anatomy, Real Time with Bill Maher, Weeds, The Office. Love them all.

And The L Word. Oh, the glorious L Word. I've been pretty addicted to the L Word since I discovered it years ago. I think its interesting and intelligent and well-made, and well, I just love it. One of the main couples in the show (that all the fans root for) is Bette and Tina. In the beginning of the fourth season, when they've broken up for good and all the Bette/Tina fans were just crushed, they went out to eat (to discuss matters other than their relationship) and both ordered a Cobb Salad. Nothing more was said about the Cobb Salad, but I think to all the Bette/Tina fans, we knew those Cobb Salads were symbols of how much the two of them still had in common, so much they still shared. Those Cobb Salads gave us hope, when we thought there would be no more Bette/Tina. Now that was season four, and season five just ended and sure enough, Bette and Tina got back together. The L Word creator, Ilene Chaiken, does these little podcasts after each episodes where she cooks up something that relates to the show and describes the process of making that particular episode. For the season finale of season five, she made Cobb Salad Wraps (as in, "That's a wrap! Season's over!"). She never mentioned the significance of the Cobb Salad part of the wraps, but I remembered that fateful episode in season four, and I reveled in the deliciousness of Ilene's choice.

That's enough ranting and raving about the L Word and the Cobb Salad, but needless to say, its more than just a salad to me. It was recently announced that the next season of the L Word, t he sixth season, would be the last season. So I'm posting this recipe in honor of all things L Word. That said, here are the ingredients for a real Cobb Salad. Just mix them up and enjoy! It doesn't have to be that serious, I promise.

*Also, this is my entry for the Nutriferia Springtime Salad Roundup. Yayyy salads!

fried turkey bacon
hard-boiled eggs
romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
tomatoes, diced
avocado, diced
chicken breast, cooked and diced
crumbled Roquefort or Blue cheese


Patricia Scarpin said...

Sara, I'm a salad lover and love all kinds of salads. I'm particularly drawn to salads that look like an entire meal, like yours. It looks delish!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, I'm a TV junkie, too. "Damages" is my latest addiction. :)

Anonymous said...

there is nothing better than a good salad! I love summer because we do eat more salads..this looks fantastic!

Lore said...

I'm so into salads right now, just made one yesterday and submitted it to a roundup. Yours would make a great entry too. I'm intrigued by the avocado-Roquefort combo :). Looks great!

Anonymous said...

That's one delicious salad and an equally great inspiration story!
Thanks for participating and don't forget about the roundup (on the 18th of April +/-1 day).

Rosie said...

What a beautiful salad - I really would be one happy girl if someone served this to me :D

Rosie x