Cobb salad
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateCalifornia
Created byHollywood Brown Derby restaurant
Main ingredientsSalad greens (iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce), tomatoes, bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, red wine vinaigrette

The Cobb salad is an American garden salad typically made with chopped salad greens (authentically romaine lettuce),[1] tomato, bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, blue cheese (often Roquefort; some versions use other cheeses such as cheddar or Monterey Jack, or no cheese at all) and red wine vinaigrette.[2][1] The ingredients are laid out on a plate in neat rows. It is served as a main course.


Various stories recount how the salad was invented.[3] One says that it came about in 1938 at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, where it became a signature dish.[3] It is named after the restaurant's owner, Robert Howard Cobb.[4] Stories vary whether the salad was invented by Cobb or by his chef, Paul J. Posti. The legend is that Cobb had not eaten until near midnight, and so he mixed together leftovers he found in the kitchen, along with some bacon cooked by the line cook, and tossed it with their French dressing.[5]

Another version of the creation is that Robert Kreis, executive chef at the restaurant, created the salad in 1929 (the year the Brown Derby's Hollywood location opened) and named it in honor of Cobb.[6] The same source confirms that 1937 was the reported date of the version noted above, with Cobb making the salad.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Kummer, C. (2007). 1001 Foods To Die For. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-7407-7043-2. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Weekend Recipe: Cobb Salad". KCET. June 23, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Editors of Cooking Light Magazine (2013). Cooking Light Lighten Up America: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free. Time Incorporated Books. p. pt146. ISBN 978-0-8487-4488-5. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Zeldes, Leah A. (2010-03-24). "Eat this! The Cobb Salad, a classic use for avocados and bacon". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  5. ^ Monaghan, Gail (June 25, 2011). "Screen Siren Cobb Salad". The Wall Street Journal. p. D5.
  6. ^ a b Schechter, Molly (May 23, 2012). "Salad sensation celebrates 75 years". Sarasota Observer. Retrieved December 18, 2017.