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Here in New Orleans we're sweating through the hottest part of the summer.
Chopped salads are a great option in the summer months: you can do all the chopping ahead of time - even the night before - put everything in the refrigerator and put it together at the last minute for a big, filling, cooling salad. Here are a few of my favorites.
There are a lot of stories about the origins of Cobb Salad. Most all of them point to Robert Cobb, the owner of the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood. It is claimed that he tossed this salad together at the end of service one night.
There are thousands and thousands of variations. This is a version that I have seen in a few restaurants and I am a fan of chopped salads. The original allegedly used French dressing, but it gives itself over to almost any creamy dressing. I like this Honey Mustard, but Ranch or Parmesan Peppercorn or your favorite would work also. I have added the white beans to make it a more complete meal, but that's what you can do with Cobb Salad: experiment.
I love Salade Nicoise. It is, and has been, one of my all time favorite dishes. I was inspired to this salad by a recent chopped salad that I had at a restaurant. It seems complicated because you have to take the time to cook the eggs, potatoes and green beans, but the total hands on time is only about 20 minutes. It is worth every one of those minutes.
I like Greek Salad a lot and there is a recipe for it on the Dr. Gourmet Web site. I have become a fan of the chopped salad, however. Very similar ingredients but in smaller cuts, folded together as a complete dish. In this case I've added the white beans to provide some carbohydrates, and along with the cheese, veggies and great quality fats, this is a fantastic Summer meal.
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