Saturday after a visit to my local fruit and veggie market, I got excited about the colorful veggies and decided to make a salad. Not just any salad, but a Cobb salad. For me it’s the ultimate of all salads due to the rich Hollywood history and representation of the season’s colorful vegetables in a most impressive edible form.
History of the Cobb Salad?
The Hollywood Brown Derby was the place to be and be seen in Hollywood from as early as the silent film era through to the Golden Age of
Hollywood in the 1930s. The restaurant located near the corner of Hollywood and Vine was shaped like a brown derby and also the home of “The Great Wall of Fame” which held wall to wall faces of celebrities in the form of caricatures.
How was the salad invented?
No one really knows where/who invented the Cobb Salad, but here’s one version of the story. The restaurant owner Robert Howard Cobb was starving since he hadn’t eaten until after midnight. Either Cobb himself or his chef Chuck Wilson, mixed together some leftovers as well as cooked some bacon. They made a salad, added French dressing and voila, the Cobb Salad was added to the menu in 1934 making the salad their signature dish.
What became of the Brown Derby?
Sadly the world-renowned Hollywood Brown Derby landmark location closed in 1985 because of the need for earthquake reconstruction of its historic building. No worries because you can still enjoy the salad at thousands of restaurants across the United States or make it at home.
The salad has gotten a lot of bad wrap due to the enormous amount of calories, but I must say it’s a very filling salad and a healthy one if you use boiled egg whites, ditch the bacon for crunchy onions, and reduce the amount of blue cheese.
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