Classic Cobb Salad

This easy Cobb Salad recipe takes just 10 minutes to make. It’s filled with simple ingredients like lettuce, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado and crumbled blue cheese. As far as salads go, it truly is a masterpiece. This salad offers a delightful variety of flavors and textures and to top it all off: a smooth, creamy dressing.

This protein-packed salad is a meal in itself, it’s also one of my all-time favorite salads. When you’re looking for a hearty yet light dinner, this can easily become your favorite go-to. It’s perfect because it’s both hearty and satisfying.

In the world of salads, the Classic Cob Salad has consistently captivated our taste buds, for nearly a century.

Join us as we explore the history, ingredients, and preparation of this beloved salad.

The History of the Cobb Salad

The Cobb Salad’s origins go back almost 100 years. Its beginnings go back to the Hollywood of the 1930s. Various stories recount how the salad was invented. One says that it came about in 1938 at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, where it became a signature dish. It is named after the restaurant’s owner, Robert Howard Cobb.

Some say that late one evening in 1937, Cobb, after searching the restaurant’s kitchen, used leftovers to create this salad. This made from scratch creation, we now call the Cobb Salad, was an instant hit.

Cobb Salad can be prepared ahead of time. Dice or slice the chicken, fry and chop the bacon, wash and chop the veggies. Then, you’re ready to whip up the dressing. Just keep all the ingredients in airtight containers in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the salad.

Cobb salad is a full meal by itself. Because it’s chock-full of proteins—bacon, eggs, chicken, and blue cheese—you really don’t need to serve anything else with it.

Whether you use grilled or roasted chicken, rotisserie chicken or leftovers from cooked chicken breast, this salad will be delicious.


  • Romaine Lettuce: The foundation of the Cobb Salad is a bed of crisp, fresh Romaine lettuce, which provides a satisfying crunch and a refreshing base.
  • Grilled Chicken Breast: A Cobb Salad typically features grilled chicken breast, seasoned to perfection and sliced into thin strips. The tender chicken adds a hearty and protein-rich element to the salad.
  • Bacon: Crispy, smoky bacon is a quintessential component of the Cobb Salad, contributing both a delightful crunch and a burst of savory flavor.
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: Sliced hard-boiled eggs provide a creamy texture and a rich, satisfying taste to the salad.
  • Avocado: Creamy avocado slices lend a luscious and buttery quality, balancing the saltiness of the bacon and the sharpness of the blue cheese.
  • Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes add juiciness and a burst of acidity to the salad, cutting through the richness of the other ingredients.
  • Blue Cheese: Blue cheese crumbles provide a sharp and tangy flavor that complements the other ingredients and gives the salad a distinctive zing.
  • Sliced Red Onions: Thinly sliced red onions offer a subtle oniony bite and a touch of freshness to the salad.
  • Cobb Salad Dressing: The traditional dressing for a Cobb Salad is a vinaigrette that combines red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and seasoning. This dressing ties the various elements of the salad together.
platter of cobb salad with chicken bacon egg tomato and onion

Preparation of the Cobb Salad

To make the Classic Cobb Salad, follow these simple steps:

  • Start with a bed of fresh Romaine lettuce as the base on a large serving platter.
  • Arrange the grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and tomato in distinct rows on top of the lettuce.
  • Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles and sliced red onions evenly over the salad.
  • Serve this salad with the dressing on the side, allowing each diner to drizzle the desired amount.


The Cobb Salad is a testament to the beauty of simplicity in cuisine. Its combination of fresh ingredients, contrasting textures, and bold flavors has earned it a place of honor in the culinary world.

Whether enjoyed as a light lunch, a hearty dinner, or even as an appetizer, this delicious salad continues to be a favorite for those seeking a satisfying, delicious, and well-balanced meal. Some prefer to eat their Cobb Salad Chopped, which is also delicious.

So, the next time you’re in the mood for a timeless classic that celebrates the art of salad making, give the Cobb Salad a try.

And for all you salad lovers, don’t forget to try our Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad.

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platter of cobb salad with chicken bacon egg tomato and onion

Classic Cobb Salad

The Classic Cobb Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. This hearty salad recipe easily serves as a breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 3


  • 1 large salad bowl or platter



  • 2 cooked chicken breasts sliced
  • 6 slices cooked bacon diced

For the Dressing

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard regular mustard is also ok
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • sweetener to taste stevia, honey

For the Salad

  • 6 cups chopped lettuce of choice
  • 3 hard boiled eggs sliced or cut
  • 11/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • avocado



  • Used Cooked Chicken or Grill your chicken on indoor, outdoor grill or cook on hot skillet in 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • 6 slices cooked bacon diced.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar, along with all dressing ingredients until well combined. It's ok to blend this in a blender too.


  • Assemble salad ingredients in a large bowl. You can top the lettuce with ingredients displayed separately on top or toss to combine.
  • Pour dressing over salad or serve dressing on the side.


Nutrition Estimates
Per Serving   439 calories  12g carbs  50g protein  41g fat
Keyword clasic cobb salad, salad

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