It's been quite some time since I produced a recipe that had meat or dairy in it, but I felt like my vegan streak had a good run. This little creation was invented last summer when I was experimenting with my favorite bacon alternative: duck bacon. Duck bacon is a much safer option to consuming pork products, but uncured turkey bacon without preservatives will also suffice.
I wanted to reinvent the cobb salad because I feel it has a slightly misleading affiliation due it's high calorie contents laid over a bed of low nutrition iceberg lettuce. Calorie counting is not something I advise, unless they are coming from processed foods which bacon and creamy blue cheese dressing are absolutely guilty of being. In my version, I kept the tomatoes (but made sure they were heirloom), the lettuce (but used romaine), avocado, and then added a slice of raw onion, secured by one slice of heavenly duck bacon, topped with a homemade blue cheese vinaigrette.
*The bacon cups can be made several different ways, such as placing them in a muffin tin, an oven safe ramekin, oven safe ring mold or silicone baking mold. The bacon must be at least 1/8th inch thick in order to securely hold the contents of the cups.
serving size: 6 cups
total time: 30 minutes
- 6 duck bacon slices
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 small yellow or red onion
- 1 small heirloom tomato
- 1 avocado
- 1.5 cup romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup roquefort or blue cheese crumbles
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
In a small bowl, combine blue cheese and apple cider vinegar and allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes. The blue cheese will start to slightly break down due to the acid in the vinegar, which is ideal. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking vigorously. Add in salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Remove the bacon from the oven and allow to cool about 5 minutes before handling. Take the hard boiled eggs out of the freezer and carefully remove the shells. Slice the hard boiled egg into 1/4 inch thick pieces and set aside. Layer each cup by using the tomato slice as the base, followed by the onion, avocado, hard boiled egg and a 1/4 cup chopped lettuce, topped with a tablespoon of the blue cheese vinaigrette. Serve a single portion as an appetizer or have two for lunch or dinner!