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Cobb Salad

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Nothing is more satisfying than a classic Cobb salad smothered in the perfect dressing. Packed with crisp lettuce, eggs, blue cheese, and bacon, this salad is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mouth. 

how to assemble a cobb salad.

 Why you will love making this Salad Recipe

It is a hearty and satisfying salad. The Cobb salad is an excellent main course or light meal option. It is packed with protein and nutrients and will keep you feeling full until your next meal. It is a great way to get your daily servings of vegetables, protein, and healthy fats in one dish.

It is a versatile salad. There are many variations of the Cobb salad so you can customize it to your taste. Add or remove ingredients or change the dressing to suit your preferences.

It is a delicious salad. The Cobb salad is a classic American salad that is loved by many. It combines savory and sweet flavors, sure to please your taste buds. Plus, it’s a great way to use any leftover produce in your fridge!

Cobb Salad Ingredients

  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • avocado, chopped
  • bacon, cooked and chopped
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • hard-boiled eggs 
  • Roma tomato, chopped
  • chicken
  • green onions, chopped

Best Way to Cut Lettuce for Cobb Salad

Cut romaine is to cut long vertical strips and then cut the end to create small, much more manageable pieces.

romaine lettuce being cut.

How to make Cobb Salad

  1. Place the romaine lettuce into a large, shallow serving dish.
  2. Working with one ingredient at a time and layering from one side of the plate to the next, add avocado, bacon, cheese, egg slices, tomato, chicken, and green onions.
  3. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
how to layer cobb salad ingredients.

Cobb Salad Dressing

Here are some of the best dressings for a classic Cobb salad:

  • Ranch dressing: Ranch dressing is a classic choice for a Cobb salad. It is creamy and flavorful, and it pairs well with all of the ingredients in the salad. Almost any ranch dip recipe can be turned into dressing as well.
  • Caesar dressing: Caesar dressing is another popular choice for a Cobb salad. It is light and refreshing and has a slightly tangy flavor that complements the other ingredients in the salad.

  • Balsamic vinaigrette: Balsamic vinaigrette is a great choice for a Cobb salad if you want something a little lighter. It is made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and herbs and has a slightly sweet and tangy flavor. I also love this homemade honey balsamic dressing.
  • Honey mustard dressing: Honey mustard dressing is a good choice for a Cobb salad if you want something sweeter. It is made with honey, mustard, and mayonnaise, and it has a delicious flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients in the salad. This is also commonly served at Outback Steakhouse, and we use it with our Alice springs chicken copycat recipe.
  • Blue cheese dressing: Blue cheese dressing is a good choice for a Cobb salad if you want something with a little more flavor. It is made with blue cheese, mayonnaise, and herbs and has a strong, distinctive taste that pairs well with the other ingredients in the salad.

Ultimately, the best dressing for a Cobb salad is a matter of personal preference. Many options are available, so you can experiment until you find one you love.

Making Salad in Advance

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a Cobb salad in advance:

Cook the chicken. You can either grill, bake, or pan-fry the chicken. If you are grilling the chicken, season it with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs.

You can also use pre-made Rotisserie chicken, or a common change is to purchase Chick-Fil-A chicken for Cobb salad.

cooking chicken ahead.

Cook the bacon. You can either cook the bacon in the oven or a pan. Here is a great recipe to cook bacon in the oven or, alternatively, cook bacon in the air fryer.

Hard boil the eggs. Place eggs in a pot and cover them with water to hard-boil eggs. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pot, and remove it from the heat. Let the eggs sit in hot water for 10-12 minutes. Drain the water and rinse the eggs with cold water. Peel the eggs and set them aside. I also love to make hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker.

Prepare the vegetables. Chop the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado.

hard boiled egg in cobb salad.

Cobb Salad Variations

Cobb salad is a classic American salad that typically includes romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing. However, this recipe has many variations, and you can use your creativity to come up with a version you love.

Here are a few ideas for Cobb salad recipe variations:

  • Switch up the protein. Instead of chicken, you could use grilled salmon, shrimp, or tofu.
  • Add some extra vegetables. Try adding some roasted red peppers, cucumbers, or radishes.
  • Change the dressing. Instead of a vinaigrette, try using a ranch dressing, Caesar dressing, or balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Make it a vegetarian salad. Omit the chicken and bacon and add some extra vegetables, such as grilled vegetables, roasted chickpeas, or black beans. 

The story behind Traditional Cobb Salad

The Cobb salad is a classic American salad that was invented in 1937 at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, California. 

Robert Cobb, the restaurant’s owner, created the salad when he was in need of a late-night snack.

He gathered various ingredients in the kitchen, including romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.

The salad was an instant hit with Cobb’s friends, and it soon became a popular menu item at the Brown Derby.

The Cobb salad has since become a staple of American cuisine, and it is often served as a main course or a light meal. It is a hearty and satisfying salad that is packed with nutrients. The salad is also a great way to use up leftover ingredients, making it a perfect option for busy weeknights.

classic cobb salad recipe.

There are many different variations of the Cobb salad, but the classic version includes the following ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grilled chicken
  • Bacon
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Blue cheese
  • Vinaigrette dressing

The salad is typically assembled in layers, with the lettuce at the bottom and the other ingredients arranged on top. The salad is then drizzled with dressing and served immediately.

Common Lunch Salad Recipes

There are so many ways to enjoy a fantastic lunch! There’s no need to settle for Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets.

Try our Santa Fe Salad, one of our amazing Caprese recipe ideas, or this easy Mexican chicken salad that tastes wonderful inside a lettuce wrap.

cobb salad ingredients.
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Cobb Salad (Classic Original Recipe)

Prep Time 10 minutes
This delicious Cobb Salad is a classic American dish with a mix of crisp lettuce, savory bacon, juicy tomatoes, boiled eggs, blue cheese, and grilled chicken. Enjoy this healthy and satisfying salad for lunch or dinner!


  • 1 head Romain Lettuce chopped
  • ½ avocado chopped
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 eggs hard boiled and sliced
  • 1 Roma Tomato chopped
  • ½ cup chicken cooked and cubed
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • dressing of choice


  • This recipe assumes chicken is cooked, cooled, and cubed and vegetables are properly prepared for assembly.
  • Place romaine into a large and shallow serving dish.
  • Working with one ingredient at a time and layering from one side of the plate to the next, add avocado, bacon, cheese, egg slices, tomato, chicken and green onions. 
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 


The best way to prepare Romain lettuce is to cut vertically and then cut from side to side horizontally, resulting in perfect bites. Please see the article for an image demonstration. 


Serving: 2 | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 1340mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 28115IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 5mg

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