The Cobb salad is a garden salad invented by Robert H. Cobb, first cousin of Ty Cobb. (hey, it’s baseball season, we had to include his picture). It was a signature menu item of the Hollywood Brown Derby.
“. . . its origin was quite by accident. One evening the original owner, Robert H. Cobb, went to the icebox and found an avocado, which he chopped with lettuce, celery, tomatoes, and strips of bacon. Later he embellished it with breast of chicken, chives, hard-boiled egg, watercress, and a wedge of Roquefort cheese for dressing, and the salad was on its way to earning an international reputation.”
This is a little history from The Culinary Center of Kansas City™.