Winter Cobb Chopped Salad

By • January 12, 2011 • 16 Comments



Author Notes: There's a great sandwich place in town, called MeatCheeseBread that makes a phenomenal B.L.B sandwich. It's their winter version of a B.L.T. and it's made when there are no tasty slicing tomatoes around. The last B stands for roasted golden beet. The use of the beet instead of the tomato seemed inspired to me, so I threw the idea into a Cobb salad. It was good, but missing something. The beet added a nice earthy sweetness, but the tang from a good tomato was missing. This weeks contest theme gave me an idea - why not add some tart apple to the mix? hardlikearmour

Serves 4

  • 1 head romaine, rinsed & drained well
  • 12 ounces smoked turkey breast (about 2 slices 1/2-inch thick from the deli)
  • 8 ounces bleu cheese
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 medium to large golden beets, roasted and peeled
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
  • 1 large Hass avocado
  • 3 ounces pancetta cooked until crisp
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Chop romaine into ribbons: quarter large and halve small leaves lengthwise, then cut into half inch slices. Chop turkey, cheese, eggs, beets, apples, and avocado into approximately half inch sized pieces. Combine chopped ingredients in a large bowl with pancetta (if it was sliced pancetta, coarsely chop or crumble into the bowl.) Add the lemon juice and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well to coat all ingredients. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve & eat with gusto!
  2. Note: you could easily substitute chicken breast or plain turkey breast & use smoked bacon in place of pancetta.

Tags: Easy

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Yum. Love everything you have in here and it looks like a perfect salad for dinner.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, gingerroot. I love it as a dinner salad. It's hearty enough, but not too heavy.

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I'm making this, ASAP. ;o)

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Wow, thanks AJ!

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Are you kidding? I love a good chopped Cobb, more than just about anything. I will have to do some serious shopping to put this one together, but I am so looking forward to it (the shopping and the salad). Really like the 1:1 ratio of fresh lemon juice to oil! Plus, I picked my first Meyer lemon today, with quite a few more on my little tree waiting to be used for something really terrific, like this! ;o)

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I think the apple and beet combo works well in place of tomato, otherwise is a pretty classic Cobb flavor combo. Lucky you with your tree! The amount of dressing is really light for the amount of salad, but it works well in my opinion.

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

I really love this!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, TiggyBee! I hope you get a chance to try it.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Perfect! I was hoping someone would submit a chopped salad!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, mrslarkin. I love chopped salad, and loosely based this on one from Tyler Florence that was made as a panini filling.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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Oh YUM! Love the light dressing against all of the goodies in the salad.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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The salad doesn't need much dressing. When you toss it the egg yolk, and to a lesser degree the avocado & cheese get incorporated into it.

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over 3 years ago Midge

I bet this is delicious!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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My husband and I devoured it!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Sounds like a great balance. I love beets with apples, especially golden beets.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, Sagegreen! I love the golden beets not only for their taste, but also because they don't stain everything purple!