BACON! Is there any other food, on the entire planet, that makes everything else taste better? No, there is not! This tasted like a bacon lettuce tomato sandwich and potato salad all mixed up together thanks to the super easy Ranch style dressing I poured all all over it.
Now, even though I love a good salad (you can call me Captain Obvious) I find myself faced with the same dilemma every time I eat one: I can’t get all of the bits on my fork at the same time which means I’m not getting the full flavour extravaganza. And so, inevitably I end up using my fingers to precariously perch little pieces of this and that on my fork. Actually I just realized I’ve been eating my salad all wrong. I need to use a spoon. Look at me thinking outside the box.
Speaking of thinking outside the box, if you haven’t bought Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf, why not? He’s revolutionizing the human diet, again. His first book, The Paleo Solution is how I got started down this path of awesome health simply (it’s simple now that I know what I’m doing) by changing up what I eat. His latest book goes deeper into why we actually eat what we eat (read: why most of westernized societies are sick and tired) and how our habit of eating more and moving less is not natural and how easy it is to get ourselves back to good health with a few simple steps and a 7 Day Carb Test which I am really looking forward to doing. I know there is a big low carb craze on again, but the fact of the matter is, we need carbs in our diet and not everyone needs the same carbs. Hence the test. Now, before anyone gets all “I can eat bread, pasta, muffins, bagels, etc.” stop right there. We’re talking carbs from vegetables, tubers and fruit. Sorry to burst your wheat bubble. I think I know what the results of my carb test will be (then again maybe I don’t) but I am a science nerd at heart so I’m doing it. That is something else everyone needs to keep in mind when it comes to food: we are not all created equal from a biological point of view. OK, we are to some degree but there are differences at the gene level and that’s why it’s important to understand what those are and how to adapt your diet accordingly.
In the meantime I will carry on eating my salads because I already know they are nutritious but delicious!
Serves: 1 (meal size) or 2 (side size)
Author: Cassie Elliott
Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cassie’s Cobb Salad:
- 3 cups leafy greens (organic)
- 1 egg (pasture raised)
- 3 slice bacon
- 1 rib celery
- 1/4 English cucumber
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- 1 radish
- Add eggs to pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Turn heat off, and let eggs cook for 9 1/2 minutes. Remove from pot and plunge into a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. Remove from water.
- Heat cast iron pan over medium heat. Cut bacon strips in half and cook until well done but not too crispy.
- Chop celery, cucumber, tomatoes and radishes.
- Slice or chop egg (I use one like this).
- Plate and eat.
- Or, you can throw it all in a bowl and toss it up with the Ranch dressing below.
- 1/4 cup homemade mayo (see recipe below)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- almond milk to thin to desired consistency
- 1 teaspoon dill powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt to taste
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- 2/3 cup avocado oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (or to taste)
- pinch of salt
- Place all ingredients in a wide mouthed jar. Blend using immersion blender.