Un-Cobb Salad

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Like chicken caesar, Cobb salad is one of those standard salads that you can find on practically any American restaurant menu. It’s a “composed” salad with avocados, bacon, chicken, hard boiled eggs, and tomatoes. The only problem is that sometimes, just sometimes, you want something a little lighter. Perhaps you had bacon and eggs for breakfast, and you don’t feel like having more at lunch.

This was the dilemma we found ourselves in during a recent trip to Washington DC, wanting a substantial salad for an evening meal, but without all that bacon. We found a great solution at the Hard Rock Cafe in D.C., in the form of their “Anti-Cobb” salad. Instead of bacon, eggs, and tomato, the Hard Rock salad included mango, apple slices, and dried cranberries.

Perfect! The following recipe is based on that salad, and is more of a guideline than a precise recipe. I haven’t given any amounts, because it really depends on how much you want to make, and how much of any one of the ingredients you might want in the salad.

Un-Cobb Salad Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce, chopped cross-wise in 1-inch strips (or favorite salad greens)
  • Grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • Mango, peeled and chopped (see how to cut a mango)
  • Avocado, seeded, peeled, chopped (see how to cut and peel an avocado)
  • Tart apple, peeled and sliced
  • Dried cranberries
  • Vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing

The Hard Rock Cafe "anti-cobb" salad also has strawberries and supremed orange segments.

Method

Arrange lettuce on a serving platter. Arrange other ingredients in sections on top of the lettuce. Drizzle on salad dressing of choice.

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  • VPitman

    I just had this for lunch at the Hard Rock, New Orleans and decided to look online for a recipe. First, let’s remember that it was the Hard Rock chefs that came with this… Also, the original is served with a tangerine vinaigrette (which I hardly touched, but it was very good, nonetheless).

    You rarely see mango and cranberry together, but the real surprise was avocado, dried cranberries, and strawberries. That was a very nice combination. I often grill avocado after rubbing lightly with olive oil, and I normally serve it with caramelized red onions and a balsamic reduction, but I may just fill each half with thinly sliced strawberries, mango, and dried cranberries, next time.

  • Rdklein

    Another hit! It was as good as it looks, easy, vegetarian and kid-friendly! I couldn’t wait even a week to make it and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration!

  • tom barr

    I tried this salad for dinner to night my wife and I loved it the mango went very well I used red wine vinegar and fresh olive oil very nice

  • jonathan

    How could anyone possibly unlike this un-Cobb salad? Make a pretty pile of Danish blue cheese somewhere on that plate, and I’ll follow you around forever like a lost puppy dog.

    Even without the bacon Jonathan? I’m touched. ;-) ~Elise

  • Patrick

    The recipe seems easy and simple. I wonder how easy it can travel to work or picnic. I am curious to try. Any tips on preventing the browning of avocado if it is to be packed in a lunchbox?

    I would sprinkle the avocado with lemon juice. ~Elise

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