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Best Cobb Salad Recipe

Best Cobb Salad Recipe

This is simply the Best Cobb Salad Recipe. It is the perfect summer salad. Tender, juicy chicken, smokey ham and bacon, avocado, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, blue cheese crumbles, olives, mushrooms, and red onions, all arranged on a bed of romaine lettuce and then tossed with Avocado Ranch Dressing.

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Ingredients in Keto Cobb Salad

Ingredient laid out to make a keto Cobb salad - lettuce, ham, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and dressing.

Ingredients Notes

  • Romaine lettuce: Romaine lettuce is traditionally used on a Cobb salad, but you can use any lettuce you prefer – iceberg, mixed baby greens, frisée, arugula.

  • Chicken: How to cook chicken for a classic Cobb salad – pan-sear, poach, air fry, saute, roast, instant pot, baked… you name it. Prepare it however you prefer. I like to pan-sear it in butter and then cube it.

  • Ham: I like to use a pre-cooked ham steak as they are easy and delicious. Just make sure that there are no funky added ingredients.

  • Eggs: It wouldn’t be the best Cobb salad recipe without hardboiled eggs. Check out my notes below about how to make the perfect hardboiled eggs.

  • Blue cheese crumbles: If you are not a fan of blue cheese, as many are not, you can substitute any cheese you prefer. Some of my favorites are feta, goat cheese, mozzarella, or sharp cheddar cheese.

  • Tomatoes: You can use cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, vine-ripened tomatoes or even Roma tomatoes.

How to Make the Best Cobb Salad Recipe

a large serving platter full of shredded romaine lettuce.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1: On a large serving platter, spread the lettuce out in an even layer. 

A Cobb salad with chicken, bacon, ham, olives, red onion, tomatoes, olives, avocado, blue cheese crumbles and eggs.

STEP 2: Arrange the rest of the ingredients in even rows across the top of the lettuce. While the presentation is beautiful on a large platter, this is definitely easy to toss and mix together when served in a bowl.

A Cobb salad with chicken, bacon, ham, olives, red onion, tomatoes, olives, avocado, blue cheese crumbles and eggs.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Make ahead: If you want to make this ahead of time I recommend storing all ingredients separately and then building the salad right before you are ready to serve it.

  • Storage: Store leftover keto Cobb salad undressed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • Salt and pepper: This dish doesn’t really need any added salt as the ham and bacon add a nice salty element, but it is delicious topped with a generous amount of cracked black pepper.

  • Chicken: To make this recipe even quicker, you can use shredded rotisserie chicken.

  • Try my Lemon Herb Vinaigrette Recipe: ¾ cup avocado oil, ¼ cup red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 cloves garlic, ½ small shallot – minced, 10 fresh basil leaves – chopped, 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped, salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl, or put them in jar, cap and shake to emulsify.

  • The best way to hard boil eggs: Place the eggs in a large sauce pan with cold water.  Add enough water that the eggs are fully submerged. Over high heat bring water to a rolling boil.  Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let sit for 12 minutes. Run each egg under cold water and peel immediately. (More low carb recipes using hardboiled eggs)

  • Cobb salad dressing: Traditionally a Cobb salad is served with a homemade red wine vinaigrette. I prefer a creamier dressing so I like to serve it with my Dairy Free Homemade Ranch Dressing, Creamy Chive Blue Cheese Dressing, or Avocado Ranch Dressing. (Check out all my homemade salad dressing recipes)

Frequently Asked Questions

A Cobb salad with chicken, bacon, ham, olives, red onion, tomatoes, olives, avocado, blue cheese crumbles and eggs.
What is a Cobb salad?

The traditional American Cobb salad is comprised of chopped or shredded salad greens (usually iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce), tomato, bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, and red-wine vinaigrette.

What dressing goes on a Cobb salad?

Traditionally a classic Cobb salad is served with red wine vinaigrette, made with red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs like oregano. But you will also commonly see it served with blue cheese dressing.

Where did the Cobb salad originate?

The Cobb salad was born in the Original Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, California in 1937 by the owner, Robert Cobb. It became such a hit that people started asking for it and the Cobb salad was born?

a serving bowl with a salad with chicken, mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes, bacon, ham, blue cheese and red onions.

Dressing to Serve with Cobb Salad

  • Avocado Ranch Dressing

  • Chive Blue Cheese Dressing

  • Keto Honey Mustard Dressing

  • Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette

  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

More Low Carb Salad Recipes

  • Best Cobb Salad Recipe
  • Creamy Dill Egg Salad
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Salad
  • Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

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A Cobb salad with chicken, bacon, ham, olives, red onion, tomatoes, olives, avocado, blue cheese crumbles and eggs.

The Best Cobb Salad



  • Author:
    Kyndra Holley

  • Total Time:
    30 minutes

  • Yield:
    6 servings

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free


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This is simply the Best Cobb Salad Recipe. It is the perfect summer salad. Tender, juicy chicken, smokey ham and bacon, avocado, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, blue cheese crumbles, olives, mushrooms, and red onions, all arranged on a bed of romaine lettuce and then tossed with Avocado Ranch Dressing. 


Ingredients


Units
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • ½ pound chicken breast, cooked and cubed small
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • 4 small button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • Avocado Ranch dressing, for serving

Instructions

  1. On a large serving platter, spread the lettuce out in an even layer. 
  2. Arrange the rest of the ingredients in even rows across the top of the lettuce. 

Notes

  • Make ahead: If you want to make this ahead of time I recommend storing all ingredients separately and then building the salad right before you are ready to serve it. 
  • Storage: Store leftover keto Cobb salad undressed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
  • How to cook the perfect hard-boiled egg: Place the eggs in a large sauce pan with cold water.  Add enough water that the eggs are fully submerged. Over high heat bring water to a rolling boil.  Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let sit for 12 minutes. Run each egg under cold water and peel immediately. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad Recipes
  • Method: Tossing
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 542

Keywords: The best Cobb salad recipe, low carb Cobb salad, keto Cobb salad, summer salad recipes, low carb salads, keto salad recipes, gluten free Cobb salad

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