Cobb salad is a classic salad recipe for good reason!

Crisp romaine lettuce and veggies are tossed with chicken, bacon, and cheese and drizzled with a creamy vinaigrette.

This dish isn’t just a side salad, but it’s perfect for a healthy and satisfying full meal deal!

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What is Cobb Salad?

This dish, originally created by Robert Cobb of the famous Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, is found on menus everywhere, and it’s easy to make at home.

  • It combines healthy and hearty ingredients for a satisfying meal.
  • It’s flavor-packed and naturally low carb, making it perfect for dinner or lunch.
  • Cobb salad stands on its own as a full meal.
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Ingredients for Cobb Salad

An easy trick to remember cobb salad ingredients is to use the acronym E.A.T. C.O.B.B. – Eggs, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, and Blue Cheese!

Lettuce Romaine lettuce is crisp is dark green, crunchy, and crinkly so it holds all the dressing. Butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce are great options too!

Chicken Chicken on a cobb salad can be warm or chilled, I personally prefer the chicken to be hot. In the recipe below, I pan-fry the chicken and slice it for serving.

Chicken breasts can be grilled and sliced in this recipe, or simply use shredded rotisserie or roasted chicken for cobb salad meal prep! Almost any chicken (including breaded chicken strips) will work!

CheeseDry crumbled cheeses like blue cheese (or feta if you’re not a blue cheese fan) are great in this salad. If you don’t have blue or feta, try shredded cheddar cheese.

Other Additions – Avocados, grape tomatoes, and onions round out this salad, but feel free to add any fresh (or leftover) veggies like corn. Use hard-boiled eggs (we make them in the air fryer).

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Dressing for Cobb Salad

Cobb salad dressing can be either creamy or a vinaigrette. My favorites are ranch or blue cheese.

How to Make Cobb Salad

  1. Prepare and refrigerate salad dressing.
  2. Cook seasoned chicken cutlets in oil, per the recipe below. Remove from pan to rest.
  3. Place chopped romaine lettuce in the bottom of a large bowl and arrange the remaining ingredients.
  4. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

How to Prep Ahead

Wash, chop and prepare all of the ingredients (except the avocado) can be prepared a few days ahead and stored in the fridge. Put it all together just before serving.

Avocado can be sliced and tossed in a bit of lemon juice a couple of hours before serving.

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Storing Cobb Salad

To store, keep leftover cobb salad separate from the dressing, if possible. Toss before serving or add fresh lettuce, cheese, bacon, or tomatoes to freshen up the salad.

Store dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 1 week.

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Cobb Salad

Enjoy a delicious and refreshing salad all year round, packed with chicken, bacon, cheese, and boiled eggs!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce washed and chopped
  • 4 hard boiled eggs peeled and quartered
  • 1 large avocado pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ small red onion sliced
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 4 ounces blue cheese or feta cheese

Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts 6-7 ounces each
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning or your favorite seasoning blend

Dressing

  • cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley or 1 ½ teaspoons fresh
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill or 1 ½ teaspoons fresh
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • milk as needed salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • For the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, dried parsley, dried dill, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Gradually add milk to reach the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, then refrigerate.
  • To hard boil eggs, place in a saucepan and cover with cold water 1-inch above the eggs. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, then remove from heat. Let stand for 15-17 minutes. Cool in ice water for 5 minutes, then peel and quarter.
  • To make the chicken, cut the breasts horizontally to make 4 cutlets. Toss the chicken with oil and seasoning. Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes and then slice into strips.
  • Assembly: Place lettuce in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Top with eggs, avocado, tomatoes, onion, blue cheese, bacon, and, sliced chicken.
  • Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

Notes

Chicken: This recipe can also be made with rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken. The chicken can be served either hot or cold. Slice the avocado right before serving.
Dressing: To lighten up the dressing, replace the sour cream with non fat Greek yogurt. Add 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar or Dijon mustard to the dressing if desired.
Air Fryer Eggs: Cooking eggs in the air fryer is the easiest way to cook them. Place eggs in the air fryer (no water needed) at 250°F for 16-18 minutes. Place in a cold water bath for 5 minutes before peeling.
Nutrition information accounts for 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving. You may have extra dressing, which can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 643 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 1249mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9276IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
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  1. We love this salad! I have made it multiple times. My roommate doesn’t like avocado or eggs so I add cucumbers to his. Perfect for summer time…or any time.5 stars

  2. I love a good Cobb salad. I used to get one at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. as a meal when I would go there. The arrangement of the the ingredients were place in strip formation like it was originally service at the famous Brown Derby Restaurant. It was delicious instead of a creamy vinaigrette I like the sweetness of a ready good balsamic vinaigrette. For me it seems to balance the bold favors of the blue cheese, bacon and chicken. I also like that Penny has a selection for serving sizes on her site. Sometimes I will also use a home made honey lemon Dijon vinaigrette too. I would never suggest using a ranch or blue cheese dressing though….the taste of elements of the salad would be lost.5 stars

    1. I just noticed that Penny has a choice for the various serving listed before printing. You may choose whatever servings you would like there. By clicking on the servings it changes the entire amount of the ingrediencies. Give it a try Suzanne.5 stars