Friday Feast: The Cobb Salad at Hollywood Brown Derby

Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World.  B and I typically will visit the Studios on the last day of our trip to get one last ride on the Tower of Terror and then have lunch at Brown Derby before heading to the airport.  My absolute favorite dish there is the Cobb Salad, a Brown Derby classic!

Cobb Salad_Brown Derby Sign

Legend has it that one night in the 1930s, the owner of the original Hollywood Brown Derby was hungry after a long dinner service.  So he went through the kitchen gathering leftovers, mixed it all with the house French dressing, and alas the Cobb Salad was born.  It is now a staple on the Brown Derby menu and consists of finely chopped greens, turkey breast, bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, avocado and chives, all tossed with Cobb Dressing.  YUM!

Cobb Salad Menu

The Cobb Dressing is like a slightly creamy red wine vinaigrette and gives a nice balance to some of the heavier ingredients like avocado and bacon.  The salad comes to the table in separate components and is then tossed by your server table-side.

Pre-Tossed Salad
Pre-Tossed Salad
Final Tossed Salad
Final Tossed Salad

As you can see, all of the ingredients (including the lettuce) are finely chopped so they all blend together perfectly.  Now I can’t eat eggs, so I leave that out, but all of the other components are some of my favorite foods, so it’s obvious I will love this.  It’s a great lunch or appetizer to one of the Brown Derby’s delicious entrees.

Have you had the Cobb Salad at the Hollywood Brown Derby?  Do you love it as much as I do? 

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  • Sarah, I love the Cobb Salad from Brown Derby! I haven’t eaten there in a long time now though:( And Scott has never eaten there! So it’s on the list for a future trip for sure!

      • Do they still serve it with the dressing on the side in a gravy boat? I haven’t been since 2002 and it was one of our favorite salad, and I make it at home often with the Disney recipe. I know that was the press photo, but it’s spot on what I remember for the presentation and dishware; and I love it, which is why I’m so passionate about what I see as changes. Even in other photos it looks like the new version uses a combo of carton scambled eggs and egg white instead of hard boiled eggs.

        Those do not look like chopped hard boiled eggs.

        Thanks for posting this: It’s the best salad on property; and a meal for two with shared appetizer.

        • I’m not sure about the dressing on the side, but I’m sure that you would be able to request it.
          Since I have a SERIOUS aversion to hard-boiled eggs, I’m not sure if they are real or not. I always order my salad without eggs. I’m sure you could contact dining services and get an answer from them.

  • I’m sure it tastes great. But the presentation and dishware have gone way down hill from the first time I fell in love with the Brown Derby’s Cobb salad.

    Take a look at this pic of what the cobb salad they used to serve.

    There’s a few things with new plating that visually make you go YUCK.
    The gray colors are in the rows next to each other, there’s very little avocado,
    There’s no diagonal stripe of chives.
    It’s sad because the original dish was a eye-popper with a WOW factor.
    This just makes me sad.

    Which all sounds super picky unless you look at the picture of Disney’s original Brown Derby Cobb salad on a Google image search.

    • The presentation is definitely lacking compared to that photos, but that was their press photo so of course it looks perfect. Once tossed, the salad still looks the same fortunately it is still delicious!

  • One of our favorite dishes in all of Disney, and the Brown Derby is a must do on every trip…it is by far the best in-park restaurant anywhere. They make a really nice Sidecar as well, and of course….the grapefruit cake.

    • I try to go there on most trips as well…it’s a great lunch! I’ll have to remember that about the sidecar 🙂

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