Classic Cobb Salad

Classic Cobb Salad

The Spruce / Nyssa Tanner

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
913 Calories
66g Fat
31g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 913
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66g 85%
Saturated Fat 17g 86%
Cholesterol 286mg 95%
Sodium 597mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Protein 53g
Calcium 328mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Learn to make a traditional American cobb salad that's chock-full of crispy bacon, seasoned chicken, mounds of blue cheese, avocado, and hard-boiled egg. This is a "composed" salad, meaning the ingredients are arranged on the salad as opposed to all the components being tossed together. 

Cobb salad is a full meal by itself. With four different proteins—bacon, eggs, chicken, and blue cheese—it is very nourishing and you don’t need to serve anything with it. 

Whether you use grilled or roasted chicken, or any other leftovers from cooked chicken breast is up to your personal taste. If you don’t want to roast chicken yourself, a great shortcut is to use a  rotisserie chicken

For the dressing, this recipe uses red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard, which is the classic version. Some recipes use buttermilk in the dressing to add creaminess. The avocados should be very ripe because, in combination with the blue cheese, they give the salad its creamy consistency. 

Cobb salad is named after Robert Howard Cobb, the owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby, a chain restaurant in Los Angeles. Originally it was a way for the restaurant to use up leftovers, but it soon became the restaurant’s most famous dish. 

Cobb salad can be prepared ahead of time: fry the bacon, wash and chop the veggies, dice the chicken, and whip up the dressing. Keep all the ingredients in airtight containers in the fridge to prevent them from drying out (if you are short on containers, you can store two ingredients in the same container, just keep them separate). Assemble or layer the salad just before serving and make sure that you use a very large dinner plate because it needs to fit a lot. 

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce (torn into bite-size pieces)
  • 4 cups cooked chicken (diced)
  • 2 ripe avocados (peeled, pitted, and diced)
  • 2 ripe medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 4 ounces Roquefort cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Cobb Salad ingredients

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  2. Fry the bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels, and when cool enough to handle, crumble and set aside.

    bacon pieces in a bowl

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  3. Arrange a bed of lettuce on the serving plates. Arrange the eggs, bacon, chicken, avocados, tomatoes, and Roquefort cheese in straight rows on top of the lettuce, covering the surface completely.

    lettuce, chicken, tomatoes and bacon on a plate

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  4. In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil continually whisking to form the dressing.

    olive oil, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl

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  5. Drizzle the dressing evenly over the salad, and serve immediately.

    Classic Cobb Salad on a large plate

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