This classic Cobb salad has everything we love about the iconic mix of greens and veggies. Crisp lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, chicken, bacon, eggs, and more come together to create a salad that’s loaded with flavors and textures. It’s a great meal when you want a dish that’s flavorful but still relatively light.
I’ve been making Cobb salad for decades, now. It’s one of those iconic recipes that always impress family and guests, but that’s also super easy to make. I don’t know about you, but I avoid extra cooking time as much as I can. And that’s okay! Just because I love to cook doesn’t mean I want to spend an entire afternoon in the kitchen for one meal. With this delicious Cobb salad, I can have a satisfying, relatively healthy meal on the table quickly and easily.
Classic Cobb Salad
This delicious salad starts with your favorite lettuce. I usually use iceberg, romaine, or a combination of the two. Then, I add chopped, cooked chicken breast, chopped tomatoes, green onions, diced avocado, bacon, eggs, and blue cheese. Finally, I make a pretty presentation by adding the ingredients in rows in large bowls and top with ranch dressing. In the end, I have a hearty, delicious salad packed with protein and veggies that everyone always loves.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It only uses a few simple ingredients that you can find easily at your local grocery store.
- It’s a classic salad that’s full of flavor and texture.
- It’s not a fancy salad, and even picky eaters tend to enjoy it.
- It makes a great meal for those days when you want something a little lighter.
This super easy salad is full of flavor, but it’s not full of fancy ingredients. You’ll find everything you need in just one quick trip to your local grocery store. Everything you need is listed here, but you’ll find the exact quantities in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Chicken breast – cooked and chopped
- Tomatoes – seeded and chopped
- Blue cheese – crumbled
- Green onions – chopped
- Avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
- Ranch dressing, or dressing of choice, like a red wine vinaigrette
Like most salads, this classic Cobb salad is very easy to make. It only takes a little stovetop work and some chopping. That’s it! You’ll have a delicious salad on the table in no time.
Step 1: Boil the Eggs
Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover them completely with water. Then, bring the water to a boil, cover the pot, and remove it from the heat. Let the eggs sit for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool, peel, and chop.
Step 2: Cook the Bacon
While the eggs cook, place the bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned and crispy – about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
Step 3: Shred the Lettuce
Using a sharp knife, cut the lettuce into shreds.
Step 4: Plate
Place the shredded lettuce in the bottom of large bowls, then add rows of bacon, eggs, chicken, tomatoes, blue cheese, green onions, and avocado. Top with ranch dressing and enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
- Use your favorite lettuce or a combination of lettuces.
- Try adding your other favorite greens like spinach and kale.
- I love ranch dressing with this salad, but you can use your favorite dressing.
- Saucepan Best new one with lid
- Skillet, love this one so much!
- Knife Chef and Paring, the best!
- Cutting board My new favorites
Like any salad, this classic Cobb salad doesn’t do well when stored after it’s constructed. Instead, store the ingredients individually if you have more than you need. The chicken will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. The bacon will last for up to a week, and the eggs will last for up to 4 days. If storing the avocado in the refrigerator, be sure to toss it with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
What to Serve with Classic Cobb Salad
This delicious salad is an entire meal all by itself. I recommend a simple pairing like garlic bread, breadsticks, or bread and butter and a simple dessert. Check out these great ideas.
- To get perfect hard-boiled eggs, bring the water to a boil after adding the eggs. Then, cover and let the eggs sit in the water off of the heat. This makes them cook evenly.
- Flip your bacon frequently to get even color and crispy texture.
- The easiest way to remove the seeds and goo from tomatoes is to simply use your fingertips to scoop it out.
More Salad Recipes
If you love serving salads, then you’ll enjoy these other great recipes.
- Classic Cucumber Salad
- Arugula Almond Pecan Salad with Simple Balsamic Dressing
- Shortcut Chickpea Salad
What is Cobb salad?
Cobb salad is an American garden salad that’s usually made with chopped greens, tomato, bacon, turkey or chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives or green onions, and blue cheese.
Why is it called Cobb salad?
Cobb salad gets its name from its creator, Bob Cobb, the owner of Brown Derby restaurant. While rifling through the kitchen refrigerator, Cobb ended up with all the ingredients for a salad that we now know as the Cobb salad.
How do you keep avocados from getting brown?
Cut up your avocado right before you want to use it. If storing your avocado, toss it with lemon juice to prevent browning.
Print recipe below
Classic Cobb Salad
This classic Cobb salad has everything we love about the iconic mix of greens and veggies. Crisp lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, chicken, bacon, eggs, and more come together to create a salad that's loaded with flavors and textures. It's a great meal when you want a dish that's flavorful but still relatively light.
- 3 cups Iceberg or Romaine lettuce
- 1 to 2 white meat chicken breasts
- 4 slices well cooked bacon
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 cubed avocado
- 2 ounces Blue cheese or Roquefort cheese
- 2 scallions/green onions, green part only cut into small pieces
- dressing of choice
1. Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover them completely with water. Then, bring the water to a boil, cover the pot, and remove it from the heat. Let the eggs sit for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool, peel, and chop.
2. While the eggs cook, place the bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned and crispy - about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
3. Using a sharp knife, cut the lettuce into shreds.
4. Place the shredded lettuce in the bottom of large bowls, then add rows of bacon, eggs, chicken, tomatoes, blue cheese, green onions, and avocado. Top with dressing of choice and enjoy!
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