You could probably tell this story about hundreds of other dishes: According to food lore, Cobb salad was created in a Hollywood restaurant when a chef named Cobb used what was on hand for a late-night snack. He had meat, cheeses, and some other typical salad fare. In fact, a Cobb isn’t very different from a chef’s salad, in that both are garnished with meats and cheeses. In the case of Cobb, a very appealing American salad, that meat is usually turkey and bacon with tomatoes, avocado, and a blue-cheese dressing. Here ham sits in for the bacon, and the blue cheese is added in slices so the salad looks pretty dressed with a simple vinaigrette and garnished with golden hard-cooked eggs.
The next day, use turkey, ham, avocado, blue cheese, tomatoes, and mayonnaise to build club sandwiches layered with white toast.
Another old-fashioned American classic. Hold the arugula.
(For Cobb salad, club sandwiches)
4 thick slices (1¼ pounds) turkey breast
4 thick slices (1¼ pounds) baked ham
½ pound blue cheese
3 ripe avocados
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 large ripe tomatoes
1 head green leaf, red leaf, or Boston lettuce (or a combination)
Salt and pepper
⅓ cup olive oil
⅓ cup white or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1½ tablespoons mayonnaise
12 slices firm white sandwich bread