Monday, April 22, 2013


This very tasty salad was chosen by our Food Matters Project host Sara of Pidge's Pantry. Mark Bittman put a healthy twist on the traditional Cobb salad and tops it with a caper-anchovy-parsley dressing that puts this salad in my top 10 best salads ever. 

I followed Mark's recipe but added olives, boiled potatoes, avocado, and some shaved fennel. The dressing is made by putting oil, vinegar, parsley and capers in the blender for only 30 seconds. So easy, so good, and perfect for subbing your favorite ingredients.


1/3 cup olive oil
2 TBSP. wine vinegar
2-3 anchovy fillets, with a bit of their oil (or use more capers)
1 TBSP. capers, with a bit of their brine
2 TBSP. chopped fresh parsley
Black pepper

8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas or white beans
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 avocado, cubed
Gorgonzola cheese

Combine the oil, vinegar, anchovies, capers, parsley, and black pepper in a blender and blend to a creamy emulsion, about 30 seconds. Taste and add more vinegar or pepper is desired.

Put the romaine in the center of a large platter and mound the ingredients around. Just before serving, drizzle the top with the vinaigrette, toss at the table and serve.

Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman


Margarita Larrazabal said...

Oh my! I love all the additions here... Makes it even heartier!

Anonymous said...

Great additions Lexi! I was thinking of adding black olives as well, alas we had no cans of them. And I definitely agree with you- this was a great salad (perfect for a dinner even)- so this will be made again. One of my top salads!