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Classic Cobb Salad Recipe

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The Classic Cobb Salad Recipe is one of my all-time favorite salads. It’s the perfect salad for dinner because beyond the greens it’s got so much more; cheese, crispy bacon, creamy avocado, hard-cooked eggs, juicy tomatoes, crispy fried chicken breast, and corn. There’s something for everyone in this main dish salad.

TOO HOT TO COOK??

Everything for this loaded salad recipe can be bought ready to use from the grocery store, which means you can pull together a gorgeous salad in no time at all. It’s handy if you need dinner in a hurry and it’s too hot to cook. This delicious cobb salad recipe is a family favorite because there’s something for everyone!

large platter of salad photographed from above

A good cobb salad recipe is a family favorite because there’s something for everyone! Plus it’s handy if you need dinner in a hurry and it’s too hot to cook.

For my salad, I layered everything on top of the lettuce base in a single layer on a platter. I love the way it looks served like that. But you can also just make this on 4 separate plates OR in a big salad bowl.

ingredients in lines

What you need:

  • cooked crisp bacon
  • blue cheese or use sharp cheddar cheese
  • corn
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • chicken breast
  • ripe avocado
  • tomatoes
  • romaine lettuce or mixed greens
  • chopped or shredded cabbage
  • PLUS dressing
  • large serving platter to layer the salad on
  • OR a large bowl to toss the salad in

WHAT KIND OF LETTUCE IS IN COBB SALAD?

Usually, it’s Romaine OR Iceberg lettuce. But you can use ANY lettuce OR greens you like. green leaf lettuce, red leaf, butter lettuce, microgreens, baby lettuce greens, and so on. I added shredded or chopped cabbage, it gives the salad a little more oomph.

And as ALWAYS change this up to suit you. Love croutons ADD THEM. Want grilled chicken? DO IT. This is cobb salad recipe is what I call inspiration, now make it yours.

over head shot of a large cobb salad

WHAT KIND OF DRESSING TO USE?

Whatever your FAVORITE dressing happens to be. I think the classic cobb salad dressing is a creamy vinaigrette style. I personally think a creamy-style homemade dressing suits this big hearty salad much better. Use a homemade ranch dressing, my bacon ranch or jalapeno ranch are delish recipes to try out here. Or go for a big and bold creamy blue cheese dressing.

The only thing I don’t think would work well on salad might be a runny vinaigrette. In my opinion, it would be too runny, and that’s no fun.

all ready for dinner

And as ALWAYS change this up to suit you. Love croutons ADD THEM. Want grilled chicken? DO IT. This is what I call inspiration, now make it yours.


WHAT KIND OF DRESSING TO USE?

Whatever your FAVORITE dressing happens to be. I think the classic cobb salad dressing is a creamy vinaigrette style. I personally think a creamy-style homemade dressing suits this big hearty salad much better.

Use a homemade ranch dressing, my bacon ranch or jalapeno ranch are delish recipes to try out here. Or go for a big and bold creamy blue cheese dressing.

The only thing I don’t think would work well on salad might be a runny vinaigrette. In my opinion, it would be too runny, and that’s no fun.

LOVE A GOOD SALAD?

Try my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Club Sandwich Salad! Everything from a club sandwich in a SALAD! Or try my Reuben Sandwich Salad, again everything from the sandwich but in a salad, perfect for hot summer days! Try this Crispy Chicken Salad or its Buffalo Chicken Salad counterpart.

To Store Leftovers

If you have leftover salad store it in an airtight container. Don’t add salad dressing until you’re ready to eat the salad. To send for lunch send the salad and dressing in separate containers.

Yield: 4 people

Classic Cobb Salad

Classic Cobb Salad

The Classic Cobb Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. It's the perfect salad for dinner because beyond the greens it's got so much more; cheese, bacon, avocado, eggs, chicken, and corn. 

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces chopped romaine
  • 8 ounces shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken , fried or grilled, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 avocado, chopped, don't cut until you're ready to serve
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits, fresh cooked or premade
  • 4 hardboiled eggs , peeled and chopped

Instructions

  1. layer the romaine and the cabbage on a large platter
  2. arrange the rest of the ingredients over the top, you can sprinkle it on or made neat rows, it's up to you
  3. if you're going to chill until ready to serve you might want to wait to cut the avocados
  4. optionally you can make individual salads for each person
  5. serve with your favorite dressing

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 481Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 252mgSodium 561mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 9gSugar 6gProtein 32g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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