Quick Bites from Pender

Pender Island Cobb Salad

In Island Life, Kitchen Tips, Recipes on May 13, 2010 at 5:03 am


  • Galloping Goose Bacon & Fennel Confit
  • Cold BC Spot Prawns on blanched Washington Asparagus
  • BC New Potato Salad with Yellow Pepper Romesco
  • BC Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with a Salted Meyer Lemon vinaigrette
  • Hard-boiled Pender Island Eggs
  • All on a bed of local lettuce, baby kale and dandelion greens.

Seasonal, sustainable, local, foraged, a fridge cleaner — and a freakin’ amazing dinner, if I do say so myself.

The Cobb Salad was first made by the owner of the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood.  It was a late night impromptu snack served by Bob Cobb to some of his more influential customers.  He grabbed whatever was in the fridge at the time, and created a sensation that has been served millions of times since it`s birthday in 1937.

hard-boiled-eggs potato-salad

Mr Cobb`s salad included chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes, watercress, chives, avocado, cheese and French dressing.

I had intended to add some avocado and feta to my version, but 3 obstacles precluded their inclusion:

  1. I was kind of grooving on the (mostly) local thing
  2. I couldn’t fit anymore on the family-size serving platter
  3. There’s only so much food 2 people can should eat


And so ended our 2nd meal created from 2 pounds of live Spot Prawns — I managed to squeeze (literally) a Prawn Bisque out of the heads and shells, and from that, I made some Prawn Crackers for the Dooze.  Three and a half meals from $20 worth of local seafood.  Not too bad for the first Prawn Saturday of the Season…what will happen for Week 2?  Any suggestions?


  1. galloping goose? sounds phenomenal!

  2. Wow amazing for $20, I need to learn how to shop from you:) Looks absolutely mouth watering:)

  3. Looks delicious!! This kind of salad is one of my ideal meals. So fresh and so many flavors!!

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