Ingredients and instructions to make the Hollywood Brown Derby cobb salad recipe at home:
The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios is a pretty cool restaurant, because it’s a replica of the Brown Derby in LA. The original restaurant has a lot of history in Hollywood and was a popular place for stars to dine – particularly in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. So it fits in well with the “old Hollywood” aesthetic that Hollywood Studios has going on (at the entrance to the park, at least).
The Cobb salad has become a fairly common and well known salad, being available at many restaurants around the country. But it was first invented at the original Hollywood Brown Derby, at least according to many stories. Some stories say that the owner of the Brown Derby worked a long shift and hadn’t eaten anything by the end of the night, so he just threw together a bunch of leftovers as a salad. Another version says he was trying to come up with something to serve an important visitor who had just had dental work done and needed something finely chopped. However it came to be, the cobb salad is a delicious salad!
It’s an amazing combination of flavors and there’s a lot packed into a cobb salad. Some restaurants will put their own twist on it, but of course the restaurant in Hollywood Studios at Disney does their best to replicate the original cobb salad.
In terms of making it at home, one thing I personally love about a cobb salad is that it contains so much good stuff you can leave out one or two things you don’t like and it’s still delicious. For example, I know many people don’t care for blue cheese, so you can just leave it out or substitute another cheese and it’s still great. I have a friend who doesn’t like avocado so she could just leave that out.
The other funny thing about the cobb salad is that it’s very much a “presentation” dish. you arrange everything to look all pretty and neat in lines, but then when you actually eat it you mix it all up anyway. If you don’t care about how it looks you don’t need to do the “arranging” step, you can just toss it all together. Delicious either way!
A few notes about my version of the recipe:
This is based as closely as possible on Disney’s version, but in all my recipes I typically make a few adjustments. These are usually to simplify things for at home cooking. Sometimes Disney uses ingredients that are very difficult to find, so I come up with a substitute. Often their recipes are to make huge portions so I try to adapt it for normal sized servings.
- In this case I couldn’t find chicory so I used dandelion greens instead. This recipe uses a lot of different kinds of greens and lettuce. I like the variety, but if you don’t want to get all of these things you could just one one type of lettuce, and either the chicory or watercress. If you can’t find watercress, arugula would probably be your next best bet.
- I mentioned above you can leave out anything you don’t like. I actually forgot to buy an avocado so I had my salad without it – however I love avocado so I don’t recommend forgetting it! It’s in the recipe but if you are looking closely at my photos you might notice it’s missing.
- I modified the dressing to make a more reasonable amount, but it’s really good and would be wonderful on other salads as well, so you can always double the recipe if you think you’ll use more of it.
- I made this for dinner one night and then saved the leftovers for a few lunches later in the week. It stored and held up really well in the fridge!
Helpful kitchen items for this recipe:
Good quality chef’s knife. There’s a lot of dicing in this recipe so a good knife is going to help a lot. This one on Amazon is a good basic multi-purpose chef’s knife.
Herb scissors. This is one of the best little kitchen gadgets I’ve ever purchased. These herb scissors make it easy to chop herbs. I used it for the chives in this recipe.
Types of knives kitchen poster. It’s hard for me to keep track of which knife to use for which item, so I like having a poster like this in my kitchen for easy reference.
And here’s the Hollywood Brown Derby cobb salad recipe:
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Would you be interested in making this Hollywood Brown Derby cobb salad recipe? Have you ever tried the salad at Disney before?