Cobb Salad is make with crispy lettuce, juice tomatoes, avocados, hearty olives and bacon bites. Wait until you taste the Cobb Salad dressing – it is a classic dressing that is made from olive oil, vinegar and mustard, stirred together and you are ready to eat in no time.
Feel like in a restaurant and make everything, cheap, delicious and easy at home. Who doesn’t love or want this? I guess we are all ready for this Cobb Salad recipe.
What I do love about Cobb Salad is that it is so versatile: you can simply use whatever ingredients you want and have on hand. Just think of because you can do tomatoes, avocados, bacon or chicken bits (I use plant based and totally up to your gusto). As long everything is delicious, it is a great meal that you will always come back to.
All that’s left for me is a Cobb Salad dressing and friends I can tell you I keep it really simple and easy.
Here is what’s in the dressing
Olive oil as a base adds a hearty and savory flavor. Any other oil will work, but the flavor will be less robust and intense.
I also like to use red vinegar, because it has a fruity and intense aroma that is really incomparable to the other dressing ingredients.
Garlic and oregano add a lot of flavor and freshness. Really good and a great pair of flavor.
Mustard and sugar: You can tell we have a little bit of acid in our vinaigrette from mustard and vinegar. Sugar is great because it adds a touch of sweetness that balances our acidity amazingly. Of course any other sweetener can be used.
What you need for this Cobb Salad recipe
Besides the ingredients for the dressing, this recipe needs the following.
First, of course some lettuce: romaine or iceberg lettuce is great here or you can use a mix.
As I mentioned above, I really like the combination of vegan chicken and bacon bites. Taken together these are great and have a really savory, meaty flavor just as you find in a classic Cobb Salad.
Tomatoes, cucumber, avocados: these are a great addition to any salad and for real a great combination of flavors. You know everything is better with avocados.
Many people love onions, and so do I, but here I decide to go with shallots. Because they are milder than onions, but still add a great crunch to our Cobb salad.
A hearty Blue cheese adds a lot of heartiness and I use a vegan one, but you can use whatever you prefer.
Finally something that might not be a typical ingredient that you expected to find here. But I couldn’t resist adding sliced olives just as I do in my Taco Salad, the Easy Pasta Salad, or Chickpea Salad.
How to make Cobb Salad
Cook bacon and chicken: Start with heating oil in a skillet. Add the bacon bites and chicken and cook both for about 3 minutes until they get browned.
Prepare the dressing: Grab a mason jar and give the oil, mustard, sugar, vinegar, oregano, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper to it. Shake until well combined. As an alternative, simply add everything to a bowl and mix until well combined.
Assemble: Rinse lettuce and dry it in a salad spinner or as I do use a clean kitchen towel and rub your salad dry carefully.
Next, take a large plate and add the salad. Arrange other toppings like chicken, bacon, olives, tomatoes cucumbers, avocados, shallots, olives, and blue cheese.
For the dressing I would suggest you give just 1/2 of it over the Cobb Salad. Use the other half just before serving.
Tips and tricks
You can enjoy leftovers, but I can tell they won’t any last for 3 days.
It is such a versatile recipe that you can easily add any dressing you can think of.
For the Salad
- 5 oz bacon bites
- 6 oz vegan chicken, chopped
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 4 cups romaine lettuce
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 1/2 cucumber or 1 English cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup olives, sliced
- 3/4 cup vegan blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 shallots, diced
For the Cobb Salad Dressing
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp mustard
- salt, pepper to taste
- Start by cooking bacon and chicken: In a skillet heat oil. When hot, add bacon and chicken and cook for 3 minutes.
- Make dressing: Grab a mason jar and give oil, mustard, sugar, vinegar, oregano, garlic and a pinch salt and pepper to it. Shake until well combined, or simply add everything to a bowl and mix.
- Clean the lettuce: Rinse your lettuce and dry it. You can use a clean kitchen towel and rub the salad dry and clean, or use a salad spinner.
- Assemble the salad: Add lettuce to a large plate or bowl. Place other toppings like blue cheese, chicken, bacon, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, shallots, olives on top the way you like.
- Give just of the dressing 1/2 of it over the salad and use the other half just before serving.
- Leftovers are great for 3 days and delicious.
- I use romaine lettuce, but iceberg or a mix is wonderful as well.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 930mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g