Nothing says the weather is getting warmer than some April showers. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, get out your rubbers, and get your green thumb ready.
Or at least start your gardening with this simple and elegant garden salad, the Canadian Cobb Salad.
This is a great dish that’s easily made when expecting company and sure to have everyone leaving satisfied. Toss together some chives, chicken, and lettuce for that fresh, crisp salad that marks the start of spring.
Top it off with delicious crumbles of Canadian Blue Cheese for a salad that bursts with flavour. Who says you don’t make friends with salad?
Take your salad up a notch with a perfect wine pairing. Thirty Bench Wine Makers Riesling 2012 is made from young grapes and is medium bodied.
It strikes a balance between minerality and refreshing acidity with notes of green apple and subtle floral overtones.
This juicy Riesling has hints of lemon that make it a zesty addition to your table. The perfect complement to your Cobb salad and to your wine collection.
Canadian Cobb Salad
2 chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally
6 slices of bacon
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp (5 mL) paprika
3 tbsp (45 mL) red wine vinegar
1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil
3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh chives, chopped
6 cups (1.5 L) mixed lettuce, preferably mesclun
2 avocados, cut into wedges
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
5 oz (150 g) Canadian Blue cheese, cut into cubes
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Place chicken and bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Season chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle with paprika. Cook in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and continue cooking bacon until crisp.
In a saucepan, cover eggs with water. Bring to a boil and let cook for 12 minutes. Cool under cold water, shell and place in cold water to cool completely.
Place vinegar, oil and chives in a jar; season with salt and pepper. Close jar and shake well.
Cut the chicken into strips, chop the bacon coarsely and cut the eggs into quarters.
On a serving dish, make a bed of lettuce and top with bacon, avocados, eggs, chicken, tomatoes and cheese, arranged in rows. Drizzle with salad dressing and serve immediately.
Cheese alternatives: Canadian Medium or Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda.
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