American-Style Cobb Salad



For the dressing:
• 60g (2¼oz) Rocquefort cheese
• 3½ tbsp buttermilk, plus extra if needed (you can use Greek yoghurt if you can’t get buttermilk)
• 1 tbsp mayonnaise
• Pinch of ground cumin

For the salad:
• ½ Cos lettuce, chopped
• 1 red chicory (endive), chopped
• 2 hard-boiled medium free-range eggs, peeled and roughly chopped
• 1 cooked chicken breast, thinly sliced
• 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped
• 4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
• 4 spring onions (scallions), chopped
• 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mixed herbs, such as tarragon, chives and parsley
• 4 slices of smoked streaky bacon, cooked to a crisp and roughly chopped

Words by:
Matt Tebbutt
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September 2023

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Ever popular, the Cobb salad is pretty substantial as salads go. Part of its appeal is in the way it’s displayed in the bowl and mixed together at the table.

Serves 4

• To make the dressing, blend all of the ingredients in a food processor. You might need to add extra buttermilk or water if it’s too thick. It should have the consistency of pouring cream (light cream). Arrange the lettuce and chicory (endive) around a large serving dish or platter.
• Arrange the remaining ingredients in concentric circles, finishing with a sprinkling of herbs and chopped bacon.
• Drizzle over the dressing to serve. Mix well at the table just before you dive in.

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