How To Make the Best And Simple Cobb Salad

What is a Cobb Salad

Cobb salad is best made with homemade dressing. It’s so simple, there is no reason to not use homemade dressing. Simply combine red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil in a mason container and shake it up. You don’t have to worry about the vinaigrette mixing – the mason jar handles all that.

There are many ways to make Cobb salad. This recipe includes crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and chicken breasts, as well as creamy avocado. You can either grill, poach, roast, bake, or use an Instant Pot to cook the chicken. You can also substitute the chicken with grilled steaks or sauteed shrimp. There are many options for protein. Blue cheese, however, is non-negotiable.

We have included a quick recipe to make a simple vinaigrette, but there are many other options! We love adding creamy ingredients like homemade ranch or Caesar. Honey mustard can be used to sweeten it up.

Why is it called Cobb lettuce?

Origin. There are many stories about how the salad was created. It was invented at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in 1938 and became a popular dish. Robert Howard Cobb, the restaurant’s founder, gave it its name.

Cobb salad is the ultimate American salad. It was first created by Robert Cobb, a former Los Angeles landmark Brown Derby restaurant, to feed Sid Grauman at night (1937).

Cobb Salad

It was so popular that movie stars began to request “Cobb’s Salad” and it quickly became a household name.

The original Brown Derby restaurant was located on Wilshire Blvd. In the 1980s, the original Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. was demolished.

How to Make Cobb Salad

Although the origins of Cobb salad are still debated, it is pretty clear what goes into a Cobb salad: tender chicken breasts, perfectly hard-boiled eggs, and crispy bacon. The classic Cobb salad uses crumbled blue cheese, ripe avocado, and buttermilk-based dressings for creaminess. This leaves room for mustardy shallot vinaigrette. Personal preference will dictate how each ingredient is prepared. Do you prefer your tomatoes and lettuce sliced? The torn and sliced method is used here for a more elegant look, but you can make it your way. If you are cooking for two, it can be easily halved.

Easy Chicken Cobb Salad with the best Cobb Salad Dressing! This protein-packed salad can be eaten as a meal by itself, with crispy lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, chicken, eggs, boiled eggs, and creamy avocado.

The easy Balsamic Vinaigrette will be a favorite on all your salads. You will love the video tutorial.

Cobb Salad Ingredients

Although we love the Juicy Instant Pot Whole Chicken Chicken Breast, we also love the convenience of a store-bought rotisserie bird. This saves time and you don’t have to cook the bacon or hard-boiled eggs. This salad is a delicious and satisfying one. This salad is great as a side or main dish because it’s high in protein.

Can I Substitute the Blue Cheese?

Blue cheese is the preferred cheese for the original Cobb Salad. Blue cheese was used in the original Cobb Salad. However, you could also use Roquefort or another blue cheese. A crumbled feta or other blue cheese would also work well.

What is the Best Cobb Salad Dressing?

Cobb Salad is best served with vinaigrette. Here, we use homemade balsamic vinegar vinaigrette. Our Avocado Ranch or Jalapeno Ranch dressings would be great alternatives. I recommend that you use feta cheese if you are using a creamy ranch-based sauce.

Cobb Salad

Do I have to Make Cobb Salad ahead?

The dressing and salad can be made up to two hours before your meal. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. The dressing and salad should be kept separate until you are ready to serve. These are some tips to help you prepare ahead:

  • Dressing: Place the dressing in a mason container so that you can shake it before serving to prevent it from separating. Serve straight from the mason container.
  • Lettuce can also be washed ahead of time (a salad Spinner is the best). Once it’s dried, refrigerate until you are ready to use.
  • Avocados should be cut quickly before being served, as they can discolor if it comes into contact with air.
  • You can either pre-cook and chill chicken breasts or use store-bought rotisserie chicken meat to save time.
  • You can brown bacon ahead of time. Drain on paper towels, and then refrigerate until you are ready to use them.
  • You can make eggs several days ahead. Hard-boiled eggs can be prepared in advance and kept cold until you are ready to use them.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 head romaine
  • 1/2 head of Boston lettuce
  • 1 small bunch of free (curly Endive)
  • 1/2 bunch watercress, discard the coarse stems
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 ripe avocados. Remove the seed, peel, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 whole skinless, boneless chicken breast, approximately 3/4 pound in total, halved and cooked (see How to Poach Chicken).
  • 1 tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs, separated, yolk finely chopped, and white finely chopped. (See How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs).
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oils
  • 1/2 cup finely ground Roquefort


We hope you enjoyed our article about how to make the best Cobb salad. With this knowledge, we know that you can make the most of your Cobb salad and enjoy it even more than you already do. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking and make the best Cobb salad you’ve ever tasted by following these simple steps!

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