Meaty and hearty main salads are especially satisfying for either lunch or dinner. The salad components are classic, consisting of all those delicious ingredients known for a good Cobb Salad. The bleu cheese dressing has a bit of a twist, substituting most of the creamy elements (mayonnaise, buttermilk, etc…) for medium-intensity extra virgin olive oil with delicious results.
EVOO is a great substitute for traditionally creamy ingredients in salad dressing recipes. The richness of the oil and nuanced flavors adds a surprising creaminess, especially when paired with a softer cheese, like gorgonzola. This olive oil bleu cheese dressing keeps well refrigerated for over a week. Because olive oil can solidify slightly when chilled, it’s best to let the dressing rest at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.