Camp Cobb Salad
- 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 2 pounds turkey breast
- 1 epee loaf
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 head Bibb lettuce, soaked, dried in a salad spinner, spines of leaves removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
- 2 large ripe tomatoes or 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 English cucumbers, peeled and sliced
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced, or shredded with a vegetable peeler
- 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small wedges
Microwave lime for about 30 seconds to release essential oils, and set aside just long enough so that it is cool enough to handle. Turn on the blender and while it's running, add 1 at a time through the feed tube, the parsley, chives, and garlic, and blend together until a smooth paste has formed. At this point the lime should be cool enough to squeeze. With the power still on, squeeze the lime juice through the blender feed tube, and then very slowly add the buttermilk until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside in refrigerator until needed. (When chilled, the dressing should resemble something like mayonnaise.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet with oven safe handles, cook bacon over low heat until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside to drain. Season turkey breast and add to the bacon fat rendered in the skillet and brown on all sides. Cover and roast until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 to 165 degrees F so that during the carryover cooking (it continues to cook after removed from oven) it reaches 170 degrees F. (This is done in an effort to keep the meat from drying out.) Remove turkey to a utility platter and let rest. Leave oven on to make croutons.
Slice the epee loaf in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet. Pour olive oil over cut side of bread, and season with dried parsley, salt and pepper. Toast in oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from oven and let cool.
Place lettuce on serving dish. Arrange tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and mozzarella cheese wedges on top. Break or cut cooked bacon into pieces and sprinkle on top. Cut bread into small croutons and distribute evenly on salad. Slice the turkey and erve with dressing on the side.
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