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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 24 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
Cuisine: American
Course: 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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  • Frenchie
    September 16, 2020

    Fabulous!
    A protein bomb…perfect for my family. I preferred to omit the dijon mustard for the dressing and thoroughly enjoyed it this way. We plan to enjoy this regularly because we loved it so much. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 16, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us Frenchie! I’m so glad you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Andrea
    September 15, 2020

    I love Cobb salad! This salad is gorgeous to look at. However, I prefer my salad to be tossed so it is all mixed together.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 15, 2020

      So great to hear that, we love this salad as well. We love it prepared this way and tossed too!

      Reply

  • Lisa
    August 19, 2020

    I used a white balsamic in the dressing. It is a bit sweeter than the dark and also leaves the salad looking lovely.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 19, 2020

      Yum! That sounds lovely! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Lisa!

      Reply

  • Kathy R
    August 5, 2020

    Yes, the dressing is wonderful and very easy to make!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Kathy! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    August 4, 2020

    I am OBSESSED with this salad! I’ve made it twice in two weeks. The dressing is AMAZING and I’m not normally a vinaigrette person! Thank you so much for this delicious salad and dressing recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2020

      You’re welcome, Jennifer! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Nyarai Humba
    August 3, 2020

    Thank you so much. Had a romantic picnic to prepare and the Cobb Salad is just the ticket. The picnic was a hit!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 3, 2020

      That’s just awesome Nyarai! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Sana
    July 31, 2020

    hello Mam. I Love your All recipes. These are so simple and so easy to make.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 31, 2020

      I’m so happy you’re enjoying our recipes!

      Reply

  • Jane Caldwell
    July 13, 2020

    I’m thrilled that I found your site. I LOVE every one of your recipes I’ve tried so far. This salad was amazing!! Beautiful presentation, great dressing and everyone loved it. So thankful for you! Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      So great to have you here too! Thanks for your wonderful comments and I hope you love every recipe that you try.

      Reply

  • Bethani Johansen
    July 8, 2020

    You have the absolute best salad recipes- I’ve made the caesar salad recipe several times and just tried this one yesterday. Instant hit

    Also, love the super easy vinaigrette recipes- my family of two cannot make it through an entire bottle of salad dressing before the expiration date, but you have also solved that issue!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Bethani!

      Reply

  • Dana
    June 29, 2020

    What garlic press do you use? I didn’t see it in your shop
    Love your videos!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 29, 2020

      Hello Dana, here’s the Garlic Press from our shop.

      Reply

  • Jackie Somers
    June 5, 2020

    I’m looking for the salad spinner link please

    Reply

  • Debbie
    May 27, 2020

    Made the Cobb Salad for dinner tonight. It was delicious. Such a nice change from a regular tossed salad or Caesar salad. Will definitely make this again and will try it with your Avocado Ranch dressing recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2020

      Sounds good, Debbie! Thank you for giving this recipe great feedback.

      Reply

  • Jill Walter
    May 26, 2020

    Love your video’s & recipes.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2020

      Thank you!

      Reply

  • Marissa
    May 26, 2020

    YUM!!! Thanks so much for this recipe Natasha! I am a lazy cook, so salads are not something that frequent my menu… That being said, I opted to make this with only the chicken, lettuce, bleu cheese, and avocado. The homemade dressing was honestly so good that I’m now inspired to put the extra effort into making bacon and egg to go into it next time! Thanks again for making such a yummy salad that even a lazy cook likes

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2020

      So wonderful to hear that loved this recipe! I hope you enjoye every new recipe that you will try.

      Reply

  • Nevart Barsamian
    May 23, 2020

    Thank you. Your recipes are special. And you have incredible artistic designing way .I like watching your kitchen

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Thanks for your good comments, I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Sara Y
    May 18, 2020

    This was such a pretty and tasty salad! We will definitely make it again. I’d totally make for a party, too.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 18, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Maria
    May 16, 2020

    This was so yummy! I could keep eating and eating it. I don’t usually do dressing but this dressing was perfect. My husband even was like hey you’re eating your salad with dressing. Haha. He even said this is one of your best meals in a while. I said thank Natasha. We are doing gluenten and dairy free so it’s been interesting. But this was a meal that gives us hope that we can do this diet. I just had to hold the blue cheese but it was still so yummy.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 16, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Maria!

      Reply

  • Chris
    May 15, 2020

    I love Cobb salad, but really need a great recipe for a blue cheese/buttermilk dressing. I like it with garlic and slightly sweet…any help?

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    • Natasha
      May 15, 2020

      Hi Chris, I don’t have anything like that.

      Reply

    • GrammaSue
      May 19, 2020

      CHRIS: That sounds like a winner with this salad. I love Blue Chz Dressing also. If you don’t have a recipe, try Ken”s Light Blue Cheese Dressing. It’s really good and lighter in fat than regular.

      Reply

  • Pat Weinstein
    April 28, 2020

    Great video
    You are a joy to watch. You make
    food prep fun and accessible to everyone.
    Can I get link to salad spinner? Mine is a dud
    Thank you
    Keep cooking!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 29, 2020

      Thank you for watching and for your compliment, Pat. Here’s the Salad Spinner that we used.

      Reply

    • Karen Sadowsky
      May 21, 2020

      Q

      Reply

  • Diana
    March 29, 2020

    Can’t find the link for the salad spinner.

    Reply

  • Tatiana
    March 27, 2020

    Best salad in my life!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2020

      Thank you for the wonderful review! Appreciate it.

      Reply

  • Xiomy
    March 9, 2020

    Love your recipes!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes.

      Reply

  • juline
    February 27, 2020

    Your salads look so yummy,Im wondering where I can get a salad spinner like urs,I need one badly and price please. Im in canada

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2020

      Thank you! Here’s the salad spinner that I always use.

      Reply

  • Gail Anderson
    February 24, 2020

    What is the size of the large platter you make this salad in? I need to purchase one and would like it to be large enough. Thanks

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    • Natasha
      February 25, 2020

      Hi Gail, that is a 15×10 platter. I hope you love the cobb salad!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    February 24, 2020

    Made this Cobb Salad a few times but yesterday had it for a dinner of 8. Rave reviews. So gave the recipe to all including your website.
    This recipe first caught my eye of the photo. I/we eat with our eyes. So glad and this dressing is a staple, so easy to shake, shake, shake. Thanks so much.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Lynn!

      Reply

  • Albert Abromitis
    February 24, 2020

    Natasha, you never disappoint. This Cobb salad is a winner for sure.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2020

      Thank you for your great feedback, Albert!

      Reply

  • Cara
    February 5, 2020

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

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    • 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.

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      • colleen
        March 16, 2020

        I think she meant the balsamic dressing for the Cobb salad…

        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

  • Peter Cardello
    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

    • Piepie
      June 29, 2020

      Love your recipes, just trying to clarify something tho……this is a Cobb salad, but yet no corn is in this Cobb salad. Very confused atm.

      Reply

      • Natasha
        June 29, 2020

        Hi, you can leave out the corn if you prefer. We enjoy it, so we added 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!

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    • 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!!

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    • 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.

        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!

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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 here.

      Reply

  • Shornett
    January 17, 2020

    Hello, where did you buy the splash guard?

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  • 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

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    • 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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