There’s nothing healthier than a chopped salad that uses lots of vegetables and lean proteins. Unfortunately, the Classic Cobb Salad means well but really is a dietary nightmare. The dish is over the top as it contains three kinds of protein – ham, turkey and egg whites. Six kinds of fat – blue cheese, egg yolks, bacon, avocado, olives and salad dressing (three of them contain saturated fat!) And the only greens are some ice burg or Romaine lettuce and maybe a few cucumber slices.
But I have an alternative that is yummy, healthy and fresh! Inspired by Rachael Ray’s FreshOver Recipe Guide on the Ziploc Facebook page , I “healthed up” the Classic Cobb Salad by using lean proteins like roast turkey or breast or in this case, diced leftover pork sirloin as my kids aren’t big turkey fans and my son, Nathan, hates chicken.
I further “FreshedOver” the recipe by using just egg whites instead of the whole hardboiled egg. I kept the olives, which are healthy, but made sure to use olives packed in brine, not oil. I used reduced fat feta and added more vegetables – cucumbers, a celery/fennel mix, and tomatoes. I eliminated the avocado altogether because even though they’re good for you, they’re high in calories and fat.
Cobb Salads are a great way to use up leftover meats and veggies, so experiment and see what you can add!
A Cobb Salad requires a lot of cutting and chopping of meat and vegetables. Plus you have to hard boil, peel and chop the eggs! However, once you have this recipe prepped, it takes no time at all to serve. So what I did was prep my ingredients the day before and store them in Ziploc VersaGlass Containers in the refrigerator to put together right before dinner time.
What’s so nice about the Ziploc VersaGlass Containers is that they’re attractive enough to use as serving dishes. So instead of preparing a Cobb Salad like I did, you could use them to make a salad bar so everyone could custom-make their own Cobb Salads.
The morning after I made my healthier Cobb Salad, I found my kids making salads for their school lunches with the chopped vegetables and lettuce that were leftover in the Ziploc Brand Containers! “Look Mom, we’re making healthy lunches,” they told me. I’m so proud!