This week’s Craving Ellie in my Belly was a cobb salad and was chosen by Gabi over at The Feast Within.

As a rule, I don’t really like salads unless they are terrible for you. Case in point: my favorite salad is Caesar salad, and I also used to love the BBQ steak salad at J. Paul’s. However, I actually really like cobb salad and used to eat it all the time at this place called Chadwick’s (also in Georgetown).

So I was happy to try out Ellie’s lightened up version over the weekend. Nick was out of town, so I was on my own and decided to make this as a nice light lunch. I picked up a rotisserie chicken from the store instead of baking up some breasts. I also left out the blue cheese (YUCK!), and the tomatoes (ALSO YUCK!), and the hard boiled egg (YUM, but I was being lazy). So I figured since I was leaving out the cheese and the egg, I could substitute the ham for a couple slices of bacon. And can you believe that Whole Foods was out of romaine hearts by 11AM on Saturday morning! I ended up buying a bagged romaine mix, which was not nearly as good as some regular romaine hearts. So I suppose this wasn’t exactly a cobb salad, but it was a delicious salad. The dressing was also pretty good even though it was a 1:1 ratio of oil to acid as opposed to the standard 2:1 ratio.

I fully enjoyed this and I think I will make it again when I can get some good romaine and put in the time to hard boil the egg and serve it more like a cobb salad should be served. I was being lazy and just threw everything in a bowl and tossed it. Hence why my picture just looks like a bowl of lettuce. Though I assure you there is other good stuff in there that wound up in my belly. I have no doubt that my fellow Craving Ellie ladies did a much better job actually following the recipe and serving this in a much more attractive way.