Cobb Salad's Erik Dressing

The Cobb Salad is one of the favorites at Fairfield's. It originated at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood. It's a mixture of diced tomatoes, turkey, cooked bacon, black olives, bleu cheese, hard cooked eggs and a medley of salad greens. Adding chopped chives and avocado is optional.

We serve it with Erik dressing. The aroma of the apple cider vinegar and seasonings bubbling away on the stove will drive everyone but the hardiest cook from the house. So if anyone questions your sanity, just tell them you're making a witch's brew. Your hobgoblins will love the end product.

For this recipe you'll need:

1 cup                apple cider vinegar
9 oz.                sugar
1 TB                 dry mustard
1/4 tsp              basil
1 tsp                celery seed
1/8 tsp              crushed red pepper
1 quart                                                                                                    mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
1/4 cup              honey

In a sauce pan, place all your ingredients except the mayonnaise and honey. Place over medium heat and simmer until only half the liquid is left. Place in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled, then strain through a fine sieve and fold in the mayonnaise and honey. Homemade mayonnaise is a lot more time consuming, but the flavor is worth the effort!

Serving suggestion: Mix the greens together then layer (in colorful strips across the top) sections of diced tomato, bacon, olives, bleu cheese, hard-boiled egg and turkey. And as always, a creative cook is a good cook.