What to eat: Keep cool with a classic Cobb Salad

Ottawa Citizen

Most agree the Cobb Salad is named after Bob Cobb, owner of Hollywood’s Brown Derby Restaurant in the 1930s.

The most compelling legend is that Cobb created it himself at midnight one night when he was prowling about the restaurant kitchen, putting a snack together from leftovers.

It certainly goes together like that: a bit of this and a bit of that add up to a classic combination that tastes as great as it looks.

The salad even has its own acronym to help you remember what goes into it: EAT COBB is said to stand for Eggs, Avocados, Tomatoes, Chicken, Onion, Bacon and Blue Cheese — which works wonderfully except there aren’t actually any onions in most recipes for it, unless you count the chives.

Purists argue about the precise ingredients in the original — does water belong in the dressing or not? — but it seems silly to get all…

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