I am a real salad lover. I could eat a salad for every meal of the day. Todd, he's not so fond of salads, but he does admit that salads are a lot tastier and more interesting since he met me. No lettuce leaf with a few limp slices of tomato, cucumber and no dressing . . . my salads are filled with colour and crunch and, yes . . . interest!
My mother made great salads. We had a tossed salad every Sunday with our Sunday dinner . . . she made the dressing herself. It would be started early in the afternoon. A bit of vinegar would be put in the bottom of the salad bowl along with some finely chopped onion and salt and pepper.
The vinegar almost pickled the onion and took away any harshness from it. Later on she would add salad oil and the salad ingredients, toss the whole lot together and the salad was done. Deeeee-licious. Much tastier than any bottled dressing.
Celery, cucumber, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes . . . . there was nothing complicated about it. Just a simple salad, but so delicious. We just didn't have the variety of ingredients available when I was growing up that we have now. We are such lucky people to have all the vegetables and other things we now have to use for our salads! The world is literally our oyster!
Cobb Salad has to be one of my favourite salads . . . crisp iceberg lettuce, rich and indulgent creamy ripe avocado . . . ripe sweet tomatoes, sharp spring onions . . . crisp and salty bacon and rich and tangy blue cheese. All with a deliciously creamy dressing!
I toss the lettuce with a bit of the dressing and then layer up all the ingredients in a ring, like a delicious salady tower of taste. Scrumdiddlyumptiously tasty! And its pretty easy on the eyes also!
*Layered Cobb Salad*Serves 4
Cracked black pepper to serve
I used turkey bacon for this on the day that we had it. I don't recommend. Blah. Blah. Blah. Not near as tasty or as texturally pleasing as real streaky bacon. Just healthier I suppose.
This lemon and yogurt dressing is to die for.
But you use what you want to! Bon Appetit!