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Buckle up, Cobb Salad is FULLY loaded, ready to fill you up and make you crave (yes, crave!) a salad for your next lunch or dinner. Juicy chunks of chicken, creamy hard boiled eggs and avocado, crispy bacon, sweetly popping tomatoes, and tangy cheese, top greens mixed with a zippy lemon vinaigrette. 

cobb salad recipe with toppings and dressing

Why You’ll Love This Classic Cobb Salad Recipe

  • A Salad You’ll Crave. Having a salad for a meal should NOT feel like a punishment. Like this mouth-watering BLT Chopped Salad, a Cobb salad is the kind of salad you’ll look forward to eating all day long!
  • Eats Like a Meal. Rather than leaving you hangry one hour later, Cobb salad will sustain and satisfy! It’s loaded with protein thanks to the chicken, bacon, cheese, and hard-boiled eggs.
  • Light, Zippy Dressing. Because the cheese, avocado, and eggs add creaminess and richness, a buttermilk or blue cheese dressing is not necessary. I keep it light with a simple homemade dressing made with lemon juice, olive oil, and Dijon. This dressing is perfect for a Cobb salad, or really any other green salad like Arugula Salad and Steak Salad.
cobb salad dressing and large topped salad

5 Star Review

“This is delicious and so easy to prep all ingredients in advance. Great dressing. My husband and I both loved this and will definitely make it again!”

— Michelle —

How to Make Cobb Salad

The Ingredients

  • Chicken. Cook chicken according to your preferred method, and then shred or dice it for the salad. I like to make Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts for salads or Baked Bone-In Chicken, but skinless chicken thighs would also be good. Store-bought rotisserie chicken is also a great shortcut!
  • Bacon. Making Baked Bacon in the Oven is less mess than frying on the stove. Air Fryer Bacon is also easy.
  • Eggs. I like my hard boiled eggs slightly underdone so the yolks are jam-like in the middle and smear into the salad. This Instant Pot Boiled Eggs recipe is a foolproof way to make them.
  • Romaine. Fresh romaine adds a nice crunch and is an essential ingredient to a chopped salad. Pass on flavorless iceberg lettuce.
  • Arugula. While romaine is the traditional green for Cobb salad, mixing in some arugula adds a nice peppery flavor. Also a delicious base for my Green Goddess Salad.
  • Tomatoes. Use cherry or grape, or other diced tomatoes of your choice.
  • Avocado. The avocado makes the salad satisfying and adds some creaminess.
  • Cheese. While blue cheese is the classic choice for a Cobb salad, if you are in the “I loathe blue cheese” camp, feta also pairs nicely.
  • Chives. Chopped, fresh herbs are an easy way to elevate a salad and add flavor.

The Directions

baked bacon on sheet for cobb salad
  1. Cook the Chicken and Bacon. Tasty protein!
peeling hard boiled eggs for cobb salad
  1. Hard Boil the Eggs. Or make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs.
cobb salad dressing
  1. Make the Dressing. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
hard boiled eggs and cherry tomatoes for cobb salad toppings
  1. Cut. Slice the tomatoes and eggs, and dice the avocado.
cobb salad dressing on top of greens
  1. Dress. Toss the greens with some of the dressing.
cobb salad toppings on greens
  1. Plate. Arrange toppings and spoon over additional dressing. ENJOY!

Meal Prep Tips

  • The bacon, eggs, and chicken can be prepared up to 2 days in advance, and the dressing can be prepared up to 5 days in advance. Store the components separately in the refrigerator.
  • Wait to add the tomato and avocado until right before serving to keep them fresh.
the best cobb salad on a large platter

What to Serve with Cobb Salad

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Crumble Your Own Cheese. Rather than buying crumbled feta or blue cheese, try crumbling your own off the block. The results are much fresher and more flavorful.
  • Easy Peasy Peeling. After hard boiling your eggs, plunge them into a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes. This will make peeling easier.
  • Shake It Up. One easy way to whisk up homemade salad dressing is to use a mason jar. Simply add all the ingredients to the jar, put on the lid, and shake away.
  • More Options for Cooking the Chicken. Cook the chicken with the method that is easiest for you, whether that is Pan Fried Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Chicken Breast, Baked Chicken Breast or Grilled Chicken Breast. The smokey flavor of the grilled chicken breast is fantastic. You may also use cooked, shredded chicken on your Cobb salad, such as Crock Pot Shredded Chicken, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, or see How to Cook Shredded Chicken on the stovetop in a skillet.
  • Make It Fancy or Not. If you are all about the presentation, feel free to get fancy and arrange the Cobb salad ingredients in a striped fashion atop the greens. Or, chop, toss, grab your fork, and GO!
cobb salad traditional recipe on a large platter

Cobb Salad

5 from 5 votes
A light, zippy dressing brings together the juicy chicken, crispy bacon, boiled eggs, avocado, cheese and tomato in this classic Cobb salad!

Prep: 25 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:

  • 2 medium chicken breasts cooked and diced*
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon cooked and diced**
  • 4 large eggs***
  • 1 head romaine lettuce coarsely chopped into bite-sized pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 3 cups baby arugula about 3 ounces
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes or diced tomatoes of choice
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 ounces mild blue cheese or feta cheese crumbled, about 1/3 cup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

For the Dressing:


Instructions
 

  • Prepare the chicken and bacon (see recipe notes). Set aside.
  • Hard boil the eggs: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a low boil. Gently lower the eggs into the boiling water. Let the eggs simmer at this low, gentle boil, adjusting the heat as needed, for 8 minutes for slightly jammy yolks or up to 9 minutes for fully set yolks. While the eggs cook, prepare an ice bath. As soon as the eggs’ cooking time has elapsed, use the slotted spoon to carefully plunge the eggs into the ice bath. With the back of the spoon, gently crack each shell, then return them to the water (this makes the eggs easier to peel). Peel the eggs and thinly slice or dice.
  • Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup with a spout, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Shortly before serving, slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Cut the avocado into 3/4-inch dice.
  • Assemble the salad: On a very large serving platter, place the romaine and arugula. Drizzle lightly the dressing, then toss to moisten and combine the greens evenly. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken down the center in straight line. In rows, line egg slices on one side and the bacon on the other. Place the avocado next to the bacon, and the tomatoes next to the eggs. Sprinkle the blue cheese and chives all over the top. Spoon on a little additional dressing. Enjoy immediately, with additional dressing as desired. (You also can skip the fancy block presentation, toss everything together in a giant bowl and dive in.)

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Notes

*Chicken can be prepared according to any cooking method (grilled is preferable) and then diced or shredded. See the following: Pan Fried Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Chicken Breast, Baked Chicken Breast, Grilled Chicken BreastCrock Pot Shredded Chicken, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, or How to Cook Shredded Chicken.
**See Baked Bacon in the Oven or Air Fryer Bacon.
***See Instant Pot Boiled Eggs or boil on stovetop per recipe directions.
 
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover cobb salad in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4Calories: 594kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 29gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 246mgPotassium: 838mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1673IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 2mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. I love Cobb salads and this one is excellent. Great mix of ingredients and delicious flavors plus it’s easy to make it look nice when it’s served. Brilliant. This one is on my make-again list5 stars

  2. This is delicious and so easy to prep all ingredients in advance. Great dressing. My husband and I both loved this and will definitely make it again!!5 stars

  3. Love this idea so much that I made these for lunch today without the bacon. The flavors are bright and fresh and you’re filled up without feeling heavy. My kids enjoyed it and I look forward to making this again. I will do it with bacon next time. Delish!5 stars

  4. My kids love salad so I was looking for different salad recipes. I happened to come across this recipe and decided to try it since I have all the ingredients needed. I’m so happy to give it a try. It was awesome, simply delicious. Dressing is good too. Love it!5 stars

  5. I made this salad last night and it was unbelievably good! All the best things going on in there! I followed everything in the recipe except I added grilled corn then sliced it and it tastes good. Spot on! Thank you, Erin.5 stars