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Cobb-ish Salad with Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

Cobb-ish SaladA few weeks ago I popped down to Palm Desert, California, to get a little relief from the Seattle dreariness—sort of a must-do thing in February or March if you live ’round these parts. The PNW is a beautiful area, and has all that rain to thank for its lush, green landscapes, but if you don’t escape for a bit in mid-winter, you start to go a little nuts. Must. Get. Vitamin D. NOW.

Anyway, I had the best cobb salad out for lunch one day, and the not-so-secret ingredient—it was right there on the menu—was horseradish. It was added to the dressing, and gave the salad a fantastic zip. I’ve whipped up a vegan version for this recipe that comes pretty close to what I remember tasting.

Heirloom tomatoes were looking pretty good at the grocery store when I was shopping for ingredients, so I grabbed a couple of those to toss with the romaine, then topped it off with a hard-boiled egg and chopped avocado. Now, I just need a patio and some of that warm sun stuff.

This is another great salad for spring, currently knocking on our doors.


Cobb-ish Salad

Cobb-ish Salad with Vegan Thousand Island Dressing
Prep time:
1 hour, 10 min | Ready in: 1 hour, 15 min
Yields: 2 main dish salads or 4 sides

Cobb-ish Salad
6 to 8 leaves romaine
2 large heirloom tomatoes
1 avocado
2 hard-boiled eggs

1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1-1/2 cup non-dairy milk (almond, hemp, rice, etc.)
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons chile sauce
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons horseradish
1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Soak cashews in water for 1 hour, then drain. (And, remember to hard boil the eggs.)
  2. In a blender, process all dressing ingredients. Refrigerate, covered until needed. (It will be good for a week and a half or so.)
  3. Chop romaine and tomatoes and toss with dressing. Divide between two salad plates or bowls.
  4. Top salad with chopped avocado and halved eggs.
  5. Season with pepper.

Cobb-ish Salad

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