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How To Prepare Chicken Cobb Salad



Easy Chicken Cobb Salad with the best homemade Cobb Salad Dressing! This protein-packed salad is a meal in itself loaded with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, chicken, bacon, boiled eggs, creamy avocado and crumbled blue cheese.

How To Prepare Chicken Cobb Salad

What is a Cobb Salad?

The original Cobb Salad was developed by Bob Cobb in 1937 for his Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles. It has become a famous American dish and is similar to a Chef’s Salad. It starts with a bed of green lettuce with rows of ingredients arranged over the top and it is served with a vinaigrette.


Cobb Salad Ingredients

We love using cooked Chicken Breast from our Juicy Instant Pot Whole Chicken but a store-bought rotisserie chicken works great to save time and the only thing you have to cook is the bacon and hard-boiled eggs. This is one super satisfying salad. Since it has so much protein, you can eat it as a main course or as a side salad.

Cobb salad ingredients with chicken, lettuce, bacon, avocado, cheese and dressing.


What is the Best Cobb Salad Dressing?

A vinaigrette is the classic dressing for Cobb Salad. We use a homemade balsamic vinaigrette here. If you wanted to substitute the dressing, our Avocado Ranch or Jalapeno Ranch would work well. If using a creamy ranch-based dressing, I would recommend using feta cheese.
You will want the easy Balsamic Vinaigrette on all of your salads.

Cobb salad on a platter with chicken, bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese and dressing in a mason jar

How To Prepare Chicken Cobb Salad

Can I Substitute the Blue Cheese?

The cheese of choice for the original Cobb Salad is blue cheese. We used a gorgonzola blue cheese but a Roquefort or other blue cheese would work as well. If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese, a crumbled feta would work here also.

Cobb salad served on a plate with chicken and cobb salad dressing drizzled over the top

Can I Make Cobb Salad A Long Time Before Dinner?

You can make the salad and the dressing 2-3 hours ahead of your dinner. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Keep the salad and dressing separate until ready to serve.


Here are some make-ahead tips:

*Dressing* – make this in a mason jar so you can shake it well just before serving in case it separates. Serve it right out of the mason jar.

*Lettuce* can be rinsed and dried ahead (a salad Spinner works best), then refrigerate until ready to use.

*Avocado* should be sliced shortly before serving since avocado tends to discolor when it comes in contact with air.

*Chicken Breast* can be pre-cooked and chilled (or use meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time).

*Bacon* can be browned ahead. Drain on paper towels and refrigerate until ready to use.

*Eggs* can be made several days in advance. Cook hard-boiled eggs and refrigerate until ready to use.


This Chicken Cobb Salad is easy to assemble but sure looks stunning when served. Everything about this salad is good!



1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

8 cups mixed greens
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
⅓ cup diced peeled avocado
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
⅓ cup fat-free Italian dressing
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1 bacon slice, cooked and crumbled





How To Prepare The Chicken Cobb Salad

Step 1

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.

Step 2

Combine greens, tomatoes, avocado, and onions in a large bowl. Drizzle greens mixture with dressing; toss gently to coat. Arrange about 2 cups greens mixture on each of 4 salad plates. Top each serving with 4 ounces chicken, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, and about 1/2 teaspoon bacon.


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