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This Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad recipe is easy to put together, very filling, tasty, and perfect for lunch or dinner. Topped with homemade ranch dressing and loaded with protein and all sorts of goodness.

top view of a bowl of chicken cobb salad with a jar of dressing next to it
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This Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe was a huge winner at my house. It is easy to make, loaded with protein, and packed with flavor. Made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs, avocado, onions, and grilled chicken. For the dressing, I kept it simple using Greek yogurt for a healthier option. We don’t consume bacon but if you are a bacon fan you can go ahead and add some!

If you’re looking for other delicious salad recipes, why not also try my Healthy Steak Salad Recipe or my Shrimp Avocado Salad?

why you’ll love this salad

  • A mouthwatering homemade ranch dressing. This chicken cobb salad is anointed with the lushest healthy ranch dressing, made with Greek yogurt, garlic, and chives, it’s perfect over vegetables, chicken, eggs – everything!
  • A hearty salad. Loaded with protein and vibrant veggies, this delicious cobb salad is a balanced and super filling meal.
  • An easy cobb salad recipe. This satisfying salad comes together easily, great for lunch or dinner.
top view of half a bowl of chicken cobb salad

ingredients you’ll need

  • Chicken Tenders: or you may use chicken breasts or boneless and skinless chicken thighs.
  • Olive Oil: or avocado oil will also work
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: If you do not like eggs, skip. But it is recommended.
  • Veggies: Cherry tomatoes, avocado, onion, cucumber, and lettuce.
  • Blue Cheese: You can use crumbled feta cheese if you do not like blue cheese.
  • For the Homemade Ranch Dressing: Yogurt, chives, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
top close up view of chicken cobb salad with sliced boiled eggs and chopped veggies

how to make chicken cobb salad

  • Cook the chicken – Grill the seasoned chicken for 3-4 mins each side, then slice.
  • Make the dressing – In a small bowl add all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Assemble the salad – In a bowl, add the lettuce first, then arrange chicken, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and onions in a row.
  • Garnish, serve, and enjoy!
hand holding dressing jar and pouring it over salad

recipe notes and tips

  • Boil your eggs in advance to speed things up. It would be best to use hard-boiled eggs.
  • Leave out the chicken for a vegetarian option, it’s still really hearty and delicious!
  • To make this recipe even quicker use rotisserie chicken.
  • Chop your veggies into medium/small pieces. You want to be sure they aren’t so big that they’re difficult to fit in your mouth.
  • You can swap in your favorite veggies and cheese, great for veggies languishing in the fridge.
  • If you have a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, it’s the perfect container for making salad dressing. This is such a delicious dressing, you can make extra and store what you don’t use in the jar in the fridge, making life even easier for the next salad! You will never get store-bought dressing again.
  • If you consume bacon, by all means, add some!

Storing Cobb Salad

If you have leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. We do not recommend freezing or reheating. Leftover cobb salad is best served cold. You may pick out the chicken and reheat them in the microwave if preferred.

close up view of Cobb salad recipe with sliced grilled chicken and boiled eggs

frequently asked questions

What is the cobb in cobb salad?

Where the name Cobb in a Cobb salad came from is quite the debate. Some say that it originated at a restaurant called Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant in 1937 and it was named after the owner Robert Howard Cobb. It isn’t known for sure whether Cobb invented the salad himself or his chef did.

What’s the best cheese for a Cobb salad?

The traditional cheese for the original Cobb Salad is blue cheese. You can also use Gorgonzola blue cheese, Roquefort, or other blue cheese. If you are not a fan of blue cheese, a crumbled feta or shredded cheddar would work here too.

Can I make chicken cobb salad ahead of time?

You can certainly rinse the veggies, cook the chicken, and boil the eggs ahead of time. The same goes for the homemade ranch dressing. It’s best to add the avocado just before serving, so it doesn’t brown.

What type of greens do you use in Cobb Salad?

Traditional Cobb Salad recipe is prepared using four varieties of greens: iceberg lettuce, watercress, endive, and romaine lettuce. Either one you go with will taste great. I love using either Iceberg or Romaine lettuce.

close up view of chicken cobb salad in a dish

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5 from 7 votes

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
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Total: 25 minutes
top view of a round bowl with chicken cobb salad and wooden serving spoon next to it
Easy and delicious Cobb salad topped with grilled chicken and homemade ranch dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Tenders
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 Small Red Onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 1/2 English Cucumber, chopped
  • 4 Cups Chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1/3 Cup Blue Cheese, crumbled

Homemade Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/2 Cup Plain full-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Chives, plus more to garnish
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • In a shallow dish place chicken tenders and season with salt and pepper to your taste
  • Drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil and mix well to coat.
  • Grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the inside. Let it rest for a few minutes on a chopping board, then slice it.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl add all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • To assemble the salad add the lettuce first, then arrange chicken, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and onions in a row.
  • Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and chives, then drizzle with dressing and enjoy!

Notes

  • Boil your eggs in advance to speed things up.
  • Leave out the chicken for a vegetarian option, it’s still really hearty and delicious!
  • To make this recipe even quicker use rotisserie chicken.
  • Try swapping hard-boiled eggs for poached eggs – it’s delicious and gives the salad a brunch vibe!
  • Chop your veggies into medium/small pieces. You want to be sure they aren’t so big that they’re difficult to fit in your mouth.
  • You can swap in your favorite veggies and cheese, great for veggies languishing in the fridge.
  • If you have a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, it’s the perfect container for making salad dressing. This is such a delicious dressing, you can make extra and store what you don’t use in the jar in the fridge, making life even easier for the next salad!
  • If you have any leftover chicken, serve it with some grilled veggies the next night.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 37gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 268mgSodium: 373mgPotassium: 1082mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4800IUVitamin C: 20.5mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

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  1. Hi Rena,

    Im not much of a fan of blue cheese can you substitute it with another type of cheese and if so what would be a good combination for this salad.

    Thanks