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Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs

And my salad kick continues with this seasonal cobb salad with fresh herbs.

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We interrupt this sugar-coated blog for yet another salad recipe. Don’t run away just yet… I have bacon!

Spin right around on those pretty little spring heels and sit yourself down. This is no average salad. Psht, this salad is all dressed up and ready to party…in your mouth.

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I’m patiently waiting for the weather to warm up so I can plant my newly purchased veggies. Last year was my very first attempt at a vegetable garden, and I had no idea what to expect. I set out on my new adventure with a pair of pink gardening gloves and a prayer.

I learned that gardening is more than just digging a few holes and inserting a few vegetable plants. It involves getting dirt under your nails, hours of manual labor, and sweat. Plants command attention. Every evening as the sun began to sink below the horizon, I would venture out to the garden to water the veggies and tend to the unruly weeds. Watching the wee little plants grow and thrive brought me great pleasure.

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I’m ready to get the wheels in motion. My pink gloves and shovel are waiting in the shed.

Last year was a sort of trial garden. I made mistakes, killed a few plants, and over fertilized. This year will be better. My clay-like soil is now soft and airy. I added fresh compost and organic fertilizer to promote growth and add nourishment. I think I have this whole gardening thing in the bag.

I also have my salad plates ready. There is nothing better than a salad made with just-picked, crunchy cukes and tender bits of hand-torn leafy greens. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I also have a list of herbs I’m planting this year. Get ready for homemade dressing and fresh pesto.

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This salad was created by accident. I had an abundance of fresh herbs lingering in the fridge that needed to be utilized before they turned slimy. As I was mixing my greens, I decided to throw in a few handfuls of parsley and dill. If you want to add flavor to a salad, sprinkle in fresh herbs. It’s that simple.

There is a mixture of fresh veggies in the salad. I used grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and red pepper. A cobb salad isn’t complete without bacon, blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and creamy avocado.

Extra bacon… Yes, please! I drizzled the salad with my homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

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This happens to be my very favorite salad. It’s the salad I make on the days I don’t feel like pulling out every single pot in my arsenal—which is basically every single day—just to make a meal that will be devoured in 5 minutes. There’s no way I’m going to scrub 500 pots while it’s warm and sunny on the other side of the window.

Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs

Crisp romaine topped with fresh veggies, crisp bacon, and blue cheese crumbles.

Yield: 1 large salad

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

6 cups romaine lettuce

1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 English cucumber, sliced

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1 avocado, cut into chunks

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly

3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

4 slices cooked bacon, chopped

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

 

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with your favorite dressing.

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34 Responses to “Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs”

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    Laura Dembowski — May 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful salad, Jennie. Extra avocado for me please :)

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you, Laura!

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    Mimi — May 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    This is prettier than any cobb salad i’ve ever ordered at a restaurant! Maybe the key is to make them at home like this! Thanks!!!

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks, Mimi!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — May 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Great minds think alike, I just made a spin on a cobb salad the other day — there’s really nothing better, is there? Love how you styled this, it just looks so fresh and gorgeous!

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I can’t wait to see your take on the cobb salad, Nicole. Thanks!

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    Anne @ Webicurean — May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    You take the prettiest pictures–that salad is stunning! Try planting zucchini–super easy to grow, plus you can use the blossoms too! The grey zucchini have the best flavor if you can find them

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Anne, you are so sweet. Thank you!

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    Julia — May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Whoooa, we’re definitely connected through the ether! I whipped up green goddess dressing and a cobb salad last week. But cereal, girl: your salad looks 200% prettier AND the fresh herbs? GAAAH genius! Love this! I love this with all of my face!

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    • Jennie replied May 15th, 2014 at 8:03 am

      I’ll trade you your green goddess for my buttermilk ranch :) Thanks, girl!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — May 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    “I have bacon!” Whatever you wish, I will give you. :)
    I love cobb salads and your fresh herbs sound incredible! My garden is almost there … but not quite ;)

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    • Jennie replied May 15th, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Bacon makes everything better! Thank you so much, Mary Frances.

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    Ashley — May 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I am all about the salads right now too – it’s been so hot here (90 degrees today! Crazy!) that they are all I want. This sounds amazing – I need to put more fresh herbs in my salads. I always have some extra hanging out in the fridge.

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    • Jennie replied May 15th, 2014 at 7:55 am

      It was 90 degrees here on Monday. So hot! I think we skipped spring. Herbs are wonderful in salad. Thanks, Ashley!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 14, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Cobb salad is my favorite. These pictures are GORG and I want to pour that dressing all over my face.
    That is all.
    OH, and pinned!

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    • Jennie replied May 15th, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Thanks, Taylor! Hey, the dressing might make a great face mask ;)

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    [email protected] & Trinkets — May 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Such a pretty salad! I have a totally black thumb, so I envy your vegetable garden.

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks, Kim. I’ll share my veggies with you :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I have a dream of having a garden, so I can’t wait to hear more about yours! Also, love that you have pink gloves.

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I’m just hoping I don’t kill 1/2 the plants this year :) Thanks, Erin!

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    Samina | The Cupcake Confession — May 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Gosh!!!!!!!!!! This is totalllly a PARTAAAAAAY in the mouth!!!!! It looks SOOO SOOO GOOD!!!!!! Soups and salads are all I’ve been craving lately, thanks to the weather! :D Ummmm fresh herbs make this salad so refreshing! Pinning!!! :D

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Samina!

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    Kate @ Diethood — May 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    That looks daaaaayum good!!
    You know… I dated the “Cobb’s” grandson. Swear I did. Should’ve married him just for their salad!! Besides, he was a trust fund child… helllooooo Louboutins! ;-) Instead, I married my handsome immigrant… it’s kind of the same thing. LOL! :)

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks, Kate! Eh, Louboutins are overrated.

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    Susan — May 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    You make salad so pretty! I’ve been doing the salad from home thing for lunch (I’m the weirdo that leaves homemade salad dressing in the fridge at work) and I totally need to add this to next weeks rotation! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I bet all your coworkers are jealous.

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    Amy @ Fearless Homemaker — May 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What a gorgeous, perfect salad! That first picture might be the prettiest salad picture I’ve ever seen. YUM!

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Amy!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — May 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Cobb salads are one of my favorites! I love having eggs in my salad!

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    • Jennie replied May 14th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Mine too, Polly! Thank you.

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — May 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    This is my favorite salad! Good luck on the garden!

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    Corina — June 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve never had a cobb salad. This looks so pretty though – maybe it’s time to experiment with one.

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