Spring Garden Cobb Salad

May 22, 2011

I’ve been inspired by cobb salads lately. It could be because of all the beautiful colors, but I really think it’s all those fresh ingredients arranged in tidy rows. Things around here have felt very hectic lately and I must be craving organization. This has to be the most organized way to eat a salad, don’t you think?

  Spring Cobb Salad with strawberries and asparagus | Fake Food Free

 As I was thinking of making one, I soon realized I could make my own version of the cobb salad completely from our garden with a little help from local farms.

Kind of fun, right? I love the challenge of creating meals entirely from the garden.

First, we have the very last of our asparagus quickly blanched and seasoned with salt and pepper. Next is a hardboiled egg from Wonder of Life Farm nearby. This is followed by lettuce, strawberries and finely chopped kale. This version is without meat and cheese, but a delicious combination, nonetheless.

I debated on what type of dressing to use and I finally ended up topping it with homemade honey mustard dressing which included Kentucky honey. I was unsure of the combination of flavors, but the dressing pulled it all together. This proved to be a wonderful way to kick off what I’m officially marking as salad season!

Spring Cobb Salad with strawberries and asparagus | Fake Food Free

Spring Garden Cobb Salad

Makes: 1 serving
 
Ingredients 

½ cup chopped asparagus (one-inch pieces)
1 hardboiled egg, sliced
½ cup chopped bibb lettuce
2/3 cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup finely chopped kale
2 tablespoons of your favorite honey mustard dressing (or a dressing of your choice)

Prep

Heat a small pan of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the stove, drain and immediately rinse or cover in cold water. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Arrange the asparagus on the plate followed by the sliced egg, bibb lettuce, strawberries and kale. Top with your favorite dressing and enjoy! Makes one large salad.

Spring Cobb Salad with strawberries and asparagus | Fake Food Free
 
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  • simplynutritiouskate May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I love the simplicity of this salad!

  • Deb in Hawaii May 23, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Gorgeous salad Lori–such a great combination of local ingredients and it must have been perfect with the honey-mustard dressing. 😉

  • Vivienne May 23, 2011 at 1:51 am

    lol i LOVE how neat it is! perfect for someone with OCD i’m guessing! 😉 honey mustard is my fav dressing for salads!

  • TasteHongKong May 23, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Salad without meat and cheese is perfectly fine with me, and I love it to go with honey mustard, homemade in particular.

  • Peggy May 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

    What a beautiful salad Lori! I love it even better because it’s straight from your garden! =0

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living May 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Gorgeous salad, and I love the unique combination of spring-time ingredients. Cobb salads are a favorite of mine, and yours is so creative!

  • kat May 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    What a beautiful salad & it looks like its full of things that will be in season here when we get back from vacation!

  • emily (a nutritionist eats) May 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Wow Lori, this looks wonderful! I’m a little jealous that you can make salads from your own garden, but I’ll pretend my farmers market is my garden.;)

  • 5 Star Foodie May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    So gorgeous and sounds just perfect with all the fresh ingredients!

  • Juliana May 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Lori, I love your version of cobb salad, specially because you have fresh strawberry, not only looks so pretty it gives an extra flavor to the salad. Great pictures! Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  • Joanne May 24, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I must be craving order too…that looks fantastic! And that dressing…that’s the real kicker. Honey mustard is possibly my most favorite dressing ever!

  • Mindy May 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Lovely! I don’t think mine would come out in such straight lines, though. 😉 I’m kind of messy that way…

  • gastroanthropologist May 30, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Lori! This looks divine – love, love, love the strawberries and asparagus in this salad. And those two ingredients are so British it won’t be a problem gathering up those ingredients on this side of the pond!

  • Tangled Noodle June 2, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Well, that’s just about the prettiest salad I’ve seen in a while! The lettuce choices here are a bit subpar, due to the very hot weather, but I’d love to put together a dish like this for myself. 😎

  • Olga @ MangoTomato June 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    what a great idea to add strawberries: and they look so pretty!