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Cobb Salad with the Best Dressing (VIDEO)

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.

You will want the easy Balsamic Vinaigrette on all of your salads. Watch the video tutorial below and you will be craving it.

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

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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 just like we did in our Salmon Cobb Salad, 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

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.

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 instead of blue cheese.

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

Can I Make Cobb Salad Ahead?

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.

Cobb Salad and dressing made ahead and arranged on a platter

This Chicken Cobb Salad is easy to assemble but sure looks stunning when served. Everything about this salad is good! This homemade version blows the Chick Fil a Cobb Salad and Cheesecake Factory’s salad out of the water.

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Cobb Salad with the Best Cobb Salad Dressing

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chicken Cobb Salad on a platter with salad dressing in a mason jar

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.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $15-$20
Keyword: Cobb Salad
Calories: 711 kcal
Servings: 4 people as a side salad

Ingredients

Chicken Cobb Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 oz bacon (6 slices) chopped and browned
  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce 5 cups chopped, rinsed and dried
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts from a cooked chicken
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 large avocado sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled (or feta cheese)
  • 2 Tbsp parsley finely chopped

Cobb Salad Dressing:

Instructions

  1. Sautee chopped bacon on a skillet until browned and crisp (5 min), then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool. Cook 2 hard-boiled eggs then peel and quarter.

  2. Chop, rinse and spin dry romaine lettuce and arrange on a platter. Arrange remaining salad ingredients (chicken, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, onion, blue cheese, and bacon) in rows over salad then sprinkle the finely chopped parsley over the salad.

  3. Transfer dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shake like crazy. Drizzle over salad just before serving or let guests add their own dressing to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Cobb Salad with the Best Cobb Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 1261mg55%
Potassium 905mg26%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 1326IU27%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Cara
    February 5, 2020

    Can you make the dressing and keep in the fridge? If so, how long does it last? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 5, 2020

      Hi Cara, our dressing hasn’t lasted more than a day to advise but I imagine it will last a few days. Reply

  • Liliya
    February 3, 2020

    Such a great salad! I grabbed a rotisserie chicken and Costco yesterday and made it for dinner, so easy and the dressing got so many compliments! Thanks for another great recipe! Q:how would you store left over dressing? I think I want to make this dressing for other salads too, not just this Cobb salad. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      Thanks for your great feedback! To maximize the shelf life of leftover stuffing, refrigerate in covered airtight containers. When reheating stuffing, heat to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F before serving. To further extend the shelf life of stuffing, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Reply

    • Lynn
      February 3, 2020

      Balsamic vinegar gives it that oomph! I use it on Spinach Salad and almost everything. Thanks Natasha. Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 3, 2020

        You’re welcome Lynn! Thank you for that wonderful review! Reply

  • Angelea Brown
    January 28, 2020

    What is the name of the salad spinner and where can I get it Reply

  • Sarah Green
    January 27, 2020

    Hi! I love this salad! All your recipes are delicious. I have a question, what are your favorite knives? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes, Sarah! Our shop here has our favorite tools listed. I hope that helps. Reply

  • Miriam
    January 26, 2020

    This salad is delicious. Please post more Russian and Ukrainian recipes though! It has been a while! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2020

      I’m so glad you liked that! Thank you for visiting our blog! Reply

  • Lana M
    January 24, 2020

    Hi, Natasha, I love this salad and all of your other recipes, I also watch all your videos and enjoy all of them. (all of the ones I try to make taste amazing) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 24, 2020

      That’s so great. Thanks so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • January 22, 2020

    Hi Natasha,

    I love watching you on YouTube. You are my favorite chef. You make cooking fun and that is what it should be. Most of my kitchen tools are Oxo brand. They are sturdy and seem to last forever. I will have to try this salad ASAP. Thanks again. Peter Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2020

      Hi Peter! We do have quite of few of those ourselves! I’m so glad you like videos. Thank you for that great feedback & I hope you enjoy this salad. Reply

  • Janice Parrish
    January 20, 2020

    Could not find the link for the salad spinner that you used. Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    January 19, 2020

    I just love a good cobb salad. This one was great and that dressing was perfection! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Betsy
    January 19, 2020

    I am such a huge fan of Cobb Salad. I love how versatile it is. Great for me… I just omit the tomatoes. Great for my kiddo… I just omit the cheese… Great for my hubby… he eats it as is and we all LOVE it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you were able to get this to work for the entire family! Thank you for sharing your amazing review with us! Reply

  • Roz Hicks
    January 19, 2020

    This salad is so beautiful, and the dressing is yummy! (I ordered the splatter screen from your link last month, and although it’s counter-intuitive, I believe you are using it upside down in the video!). :). I have so enjoyed using your recipes over the past couple of years. Thanks!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad, Roz! Reply

    • Anna
      January 29, 2020

      Hello, I like your recipe you mentioned about link for pan to cover when you frying. Can you please give me link. Thank you. Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        January 29, 2020

        Hi Anna. Glad you liked this recipe. You must be referring to the splatter guard. Here’s where you can purchase this https://amzn.to/37F7AI4 (affiliate) Reply

  • Dave
    January 19, 2020

    That salad is as beautiful as the chef. A keeper and work of art. Your hubby is an excellent videographer and your animations are hilarious especially your catching the tomato!

    Well done! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Dave! Reply

      • Judy
        January 27, 2020

        Thank you so much for your wonderful & entertains recipes – pls advise which garlic press to buy. Mine never work Reply

  • Cindy
    January 19, 2020

    Mine wasn’t as gorgeous as yours, but it was totally delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 19, 2020

      I’m so glad you loved it!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. Reply

  • Sarah Skaggs
    January 18, 2020

    This was so good! You are the queen of amazing salads! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you! Reply

  • Mary Folks
    January 18, 2020

    Good looking food thanks your great )bless your kitchen and u Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      You’re welcome, Mary! I’m glad you liked this recipe. Reply

  • Robin
    January 18, 2020

    Hi Natasha!
    I ha e a question for ya
    I love the salad that you are showing (cob salad).. I want to make this for my family, but what can I substitute the avocado with, and still make the salad yummy?( we dont like avacodos)
    I also want to thank you for all your recipes..I’ve tried alot of them and they are a big success at my house!
    Have a wonderful day…Robin Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Robin, the good thing is salads are very versatile. You can omit or add any favorite vegetables. Cucumber can be a good option too. Reply

  • Cheryl B
    January 18, 2020

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. The dressing sounds delicious and could be used on so many salads! Thank you!
    One quick tip (and maybe you already know this)…I just learned from Jacques Pepin that you can keep avocados from turning brown by dipping the peeled avocado in cold water. I still need to try this to “prove” it, but if Jacques says it, I tend to trust it. If you try it soon, please let me know how well (or not) it works. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing that tip with me. Reply

  • Gail Rivera
    January 18, 2020

    Nutritional information for the dressing Only please Reply

    • Natasha
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Gail, there is no easy way to break that out with our nutrition label, unfortunately. It’s not advanced enough to separate those two out. Reply

  • Polly Gibble
    January 18, 2020

    Which garlic press did you use in this recipe? Thanks Reply

  • Lauren
    January 17, 2020

    What is you favorite garlic press you use? Reply

  • Renee Price
    January 17, 2020

    Do you have a link for your wooden salad servers?

    Thank you,

    Renee Price Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      Hi Renee, our favorite tools can be found hereReply

  • Shornett
    January 17, 2020

    Hello, where did you buy the splash guard? Reply

  • Alena
    January 17, 2020

    Natasha, silly question, but may I ask, where is your favorite place to shop for avocados? Let’s say you need several readily ripe avocados for a recipe, to use them altogether instead of waiting for them to ripen one by one  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2020

      Hi Alena, we purchase them at our local grocery store or Costco in bulk. Reply

    • Ashley
      January 17, 2020

      Hello! For the nutrition facts, is that for the entire salad or for a serving size? Thank you! Reply

      • Natasha
        January 17, 2020

        Hi Ashley, the nutrition and calorie counts are per serving and there are 4 generous servings as a side salad. Reply

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