Tuesday, October 6, 2009

B L To-may-to/To-mah-to

Introducing the Cobb Salad's sixties stepsister...
Bacon 'n Tomato Salad

This popular flavor combination of a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich has been captured in this delicious salad. [Betty Crocker's Dinner in a Dish circa 1965]

Just what makes it so damn delicious, you ask?
  • 1 head lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces [why don't they do that at the salad bar?!?]
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 8-10 slices bacon, crisply fried [let's not go there - my carbon-dated bacon experiment hit the garbage at approx 11am and was replaced by it's grocery bacon-by-the-pound bits around 5p]
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into eighths [godbless that fraction chapter in 2nd grade]
  • 1 hard cooked egg, sliced [I opted for 3, my fam's cholestrol levels don't require a lipitor 'script - yet]
  • Barbecue dressing [below]
Have lettuce and chicken well chilled. Combine in a bowl. Break bacon into large pieces and lightly toss [watch out for cigarette ash whilst tossing] with lettuce mixture. Top with chilled tomatoes and hard-cooked egg. Serve with [you guessed it] chilled Barbecue Dressing.

Wow. Never seen a recipe so dependent on the fridge chill factor, all molded salads aside.

Barbecue Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing [mmmm...mayo!]
  • 1/4 c bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp instant minced onion
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Admittedly, I had never made my own salad dressing until this sassy, saucy suggestion came along. Glad I whisked it together, because this BLT-for-bunnies would have been missing some zip. Let's just say there's a reason someone from California crafted the Cobb soonafter. What I would have done for some avocado, 'n bleu cheese, 'n spouts, 'n ham. In short, I give you creative license to toss more - and more flavorful - 'ngredients into the Bacon 'n Tomato Salad.


  1. mmmmm...yummy! That looks so good minus the black bacon. I'm looking forward to the tuna concoction.

  2. YUM! Cobb salad is SO good... And there was alot of salad dressing making back than...I always see tons of salad dressing recipes in magazines.

    Bet they were lots better than the bottled stuff

  3. It's a work of art....