Uncle Deano’s ‘RG’ cobb salad

Uncle Deano’s ‘RG’ cobb salad

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From
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Serves
4
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MR: ‘Who is this Uncle Deano?’, I hear you say. ‘He sounds like trouble.’ Well, he is and he’s one half of our best friends Nessie and Deano. Deano used to be the private chef on board the late great entrepreneur Reg Grundy’s boat and ‘RG’ used to eat this nearly every day. Deano made this recently for us on holiday together and it rocks.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/4 iceberg lettuce, finely sliced
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into quarters, seeds removed and finely diced
100g grated cheddar
6 free-range bacon rashers, thinly sliced and fried till crisp
3 hard-boiled free-range eggs, grated
300g cooked skinless free-range chicken breast, diced
1 handful curly parsley, chopped
100g blue cheese, diced
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional), to serve
150ml derby dressing (see below)

Derby dressing

Quantity Ingredient
90ml worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon hot english mustard
zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, crushed
250ml non-gmo vegetable oil
salt flakes

Method

  1. To make the dressing whisk together the worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice and zest and crushed garlic in a bowl, then lightly whisk in the oil until combined. Season with salt to taste.

    Arrange the iceberg lettuce over a serving platter so that it covers the base evenly, then layer the salad ingredients carefully over the lettuce in individual rows starting with the tomatoes and following with the cheddar, bacon, egg, chicken, parsley and blue cheese to finish (this is all about the presentation, so be careful here). If you’re going for the pine nut upgrade, sprinkle them over the top now.

    Place the salad in the middle of the table alongside the dressing and let everyone help themselves. Yum.
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