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Brown Derby French Dressing

In 1937, Robert Cobb, the owner of the renown Brown Derby Restaurant, had unexpected hungry friends drop-in one evening.  He threw together his now famous Cobb Salad with French Dressing.  The ingredients were things he happened to have in his refrigerator at the time.  This Brown Derby French Dressing recipe the dressing he was able to come up with for the salad became a Brown Derby staple. The rest is culinary history.  -jughandle

French Dressing
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Brown Derby Cobb Salad French Dressing

Nutritional Information is for the Salad dressing.
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keywords Cobb Salad
Cooking Method Blender, Whisking
Hot/Cold Dish Cold
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 Servings
Author Robert Cobb

What You Will Need:

    For the Brown Derby French Dressing:
    • 1 C vinegar - Red-wine
    • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice - Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard - English or French mustard of any kind
    • 1 C Olive Oil
    • 2.5 C Vegetable oil
    • Salt - to taste
    • Pepper - to taste
    • 1 clove Garlic - chopped
    • 2 tsp sugar - or to taste



      To Make The Dressing:

      • yields 1-1/2 qts
      • Mix all ingredients, except the oils and sugar in a bowl or 2 qt. mason jar
      • Add the oils slowly while whisking or blending to emulsify
      • add sugar 1/2 tsp at a time to taste – remix
      • adjust seasonings
      • chill before serving


      This recipe makes 48 oz of dressing.  A serving of dressing is usually 1-3 oz. This dressing keeps well in the refrigerator. Can be made and stored in a 2-quart Mason jar.


      Nutrition Facts
      Brown Derby Cobb Salad French Dressing
      Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
      Calories 279 Calories from Fat 288
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 32g49%
      Saturated Fat 20g125%
      Sodium 5mg0%
      Potassium 2mg0%
      Carbohydrates 1g0%
      Sugar 1g1%
      Protein 1g2%
      Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
      Calcium 1mg0%
      Iron 0.1mg1%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Ways To Use The Dressing:

      Cobb Salad

      Chopped vegetable salad

      This dressing is great as a marinade or basting sauce too.

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