Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cobb Salad

I L-O-V-E Cobb Salad. But in it's traditional form, the "salad" is basically a bunch of protein masquerading as a healthy lunch option. Rest assured fellow Cobb lovers, it is possible to highlight the flavors of a cobb salad and enjoy a much lighter, Gundry-friendly version. Since there are so many protein components (chicken, bacon, egg, cheese and often avocado) in a Cobb, you have to make sure that you use small amounts of each, so the flavors are present, but not overdone. Also, instead of a creamy blue cheese dressing, use a vinaigrette - it will actually allow the flavors to stand out more than they would if the meal were drenched in a creamy, blue cheese dressing. (Notice how only small amounts of each protein area used.)
Serves 1

1 egg, hardboiled, chopped
1 slice turkey bacon, cooked until crisp, chopped
1/4 Cup chicken*
1 Tbsp blue cheese, crumbled
3" segment of cucumber, sliced in half, seeds removed, chopped
1 small head of romaine sliced thinly or 1/2 bag of pre-washed and chopped leaves

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Top with balsamic dijon salad dressing and stir to combine.

*I used canned chicken packed in water for ease and cost, but grilled chicken works just as well (better, actually).

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