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Classic Cobb Salad

May 23, 2024

There’s a layer of flavor for everyone in a classic cobb salad. Crunchy, creamy, and rich, it is the best of all worlds.

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classic cobb salad made with romaine, chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, avocado & shallot vinaigrette
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Make This Classic Cobb Salad The Center Of Your Next Meal

Could a salad that is attributed to a man named Bob Cobb really be this good? The classic cobb salad origin story is as good as any. The year was 1938, and it was the golden age of Hollywood. Legend has it that the owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, a fella by the name of Robert Cobb (we couldn’t make this up), was hungry around midnight one night, and made a salad out of what he could find in the kitchen. This happens all the time to folks in the restaurant industry, but very infrequently is the result an epic cobb salad that people make decades after it was invented. It’s so good that we wanted to offer this easy cobb salad recipe so you can try it for yourself. For even more Cobb goodness, try our Spring Cobb Salad.

romaine, chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, avocado tomatoes, blue cheese and shallot vinaigrette ingredients in prep bowls

What Are The Traditional Ingredients Of A Cobb Salad?

It’s all about the layers. Here’s how to build a traditional cobb salad:

  • Greens, traditionally a combination of iceberg lettuce, watercress, endive and romaine lettuce. We call for roughly chopped romaine lettuce for texture.

  • Tomatoes

  • Bacon

  • Cooked and shredded chicken (a rotisserie works perfectly!)

  • Boiled eggs

  • Blue cheese

  • Vinaigrette dressing

  • Avocados (this is a very common addition for an extra layer of creaminess)

olive oil being poured into a bowl with sliced shallots, stone-ground mustard, honey, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper
sliced shallots, stone-ground mustard, honey, olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt & pepper being stirred together in a bowl

How To Make A Restaurant Style Cobb Salad At Home

  • Gather all of your cobb salad ingredients - your mise en place will make this salad come together with a snap! When you’re chopping and cutting, be sure to make bite-sized pieces of all of the various ingredients for ease of getting the perfect bite every time.

  • Boil the eggs - cook for 13 minutes for hard boiled eggs or 7 minutes for a soft boil. Immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water. Once cooled, carefully peel the eggs and cut in half.

  • Make the dressing - In a medium sized bowl combine the shallots, mustard, honey, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Some recipes call for a red wine vinegar, but we prefer the lighter taste of white wine vinegar in our dressing.

  • Arrange the salad - on a large plate, layer the romaine with eggs, chicken, tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon and avocado. Drizzle everything with that classic cobb salad dressing and serve! Alternatively, equally divide all ingredients between serving plates and drizzle with dressing. With everything already prepared, you could easily make a cobb salad for one when you need to throw lunch together on a busy day. And if you want to get wild, try serving it with Caesar Dressing instead!

classic cobb salad made with romaine, chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, avocado & shallot vinaigrette

What To Serve With Cobb Salad

A traditional cobb salad is often served as a main course dish, with its layers of protein and cheese, but we think that a soup and salad combo is a good way to go too. Here’s a few of our favorite soup recipes to check out: Creamy Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, Split Pea Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and Tomato Bisque would all pair nicely when you make this homemade cobb salad recipe. You could also kick things off with Fried Cheese, Stuffed Mushrooms, or Coconut Shrimp. And a side of Grilled Sweet Potatoes never hurt anyone!

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classic cobb salad made with romaine, chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, avocado & shallot vinaigrette

Sprinkle Some Bacon On It, And Call It A Cobb

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Classic Cobb Salad

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 692

Ingredients

For the Shallot Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ⅓ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

For the salad

Method

  1. Make the vinaigrette. In a medium bowl, combine the shallot, mustard, honey, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

  2. Make the salad. Place the romaine on a large platter. Top with the eggs, chicken, tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon and avocado. Remove shallots from vinaigrette and scatter over the salad. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve family style.


Note: You can also evenly divide all ingredients between 6 plates to serve individually.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories692
  • Protein39 g
  • Carbohydrates21 g
  • Total Fat54 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol219 mg
  • sodium956 mg
  • Total Sugars12 g

Classic Cobb Salad

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  • Carole

    So simple, but packs a ton of flavor!! This will be going on repeat in my house.

    YAY! So great to hear, thank you Carole!

  • Tresa

    Loved this! The shallot vinaigrette is so delicious and makes the salad less heavy than with typical ranch or blue cheese dressing. The vinaigrette is also so simple with just a few ingredients. I cooked my bacon in the oven and cooked the chicken in a skillet on the stove top so everything was able to be cooked at the same time. Will definitely be making this on repeat all spring and summer!

    Thanks Tresa, glad you loved it!

  • kay

    Fabulous. The dressing was delicious and I had rotisserie chicken left over which made it super easy and simple.

    Thanks Kay, glad you love it!