Winter Cobb ChoppedĀ Salad

January 12, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
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

What You'll Need
  • 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.

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I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.

16 Reviews

gingerroot January 17, 2011
Yum. Love everything you have in here and it looks like a perfect salad for dinner.
hardlikearmour January 17, 2011
Thanks, gingerroot. I love it as a dinner salad. It's hearty enough, but not too heavy.
AntoniaJames January 13, 2011
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I'm making this, ASAP. ;o)
hardlikearmour January 13, 2011
Wow, thanks AJ!
AntoniaJames January 13, 2011
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)
hardlikearmour January 13, 2011
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.
TiggyBee January 13, 2011
I really love this!
hardlikearmour January 13, 2011
Thanks, TiggyBee! I hope you get a chance to try it.
mrslarkin January 12, 2011
Perfect! I was hoping someone would submit a chopped salad!
hardlikearmour January 12, 2011
Thanks, mrslarkin. I love chopped salad, and loosely based this on one from Tyler Florence that was made as a panini filling.
aargersi January 12, 2011
Oh YUM! Love the light dressing against all of the goodies in the salad.
hardlikearmour January 12, 2011
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.
Midge January 12, 2011
I bet this is delicious!
hardlikearmour January 12, 2011
My husband and I devoured it!
Sagegreen January 12, 2011
Sounds like a great balance. I love beets with apples, especially golden beets.
hardlikearmour January 12, 2011
Thanks, Sagegreen! I love the golden beets not only for their taste, but also because they don't stain everything purple!