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Healthy Cobb Salad with The Best Vinaigrette

Easy and Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad with the best homemade Vinaigrette is not just your classic Cobb salad. Loaded with protein, crispy mixed greens, cooked chicken, crispy bacon, boiled eggs, creamy ripe avocado, juicy tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. It’s a meal in itself.

Cobb salad, drizzling dressing over the top with a spoon.

What is a Cobb Salad?

The first Cobb Salad came about by Robert Howard Cobb back in 1938 for his Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. It is unclear whether Robert invented the signature dish himself or his chef Paul J Posti.

A Cobb salad is typically made with chopped salad greens, crisp bacon, cooked or fried chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, and a red wine vinaigrette.

So, what makes this a Healthier Cobb Salad?

This Healthier Cobb Salad takes your regular Cobb salad and includes ingredients that will benefit your body more. When in doubt, go for a well-rounded Healthy Cobb Salad!

The fact that it’s full of protein, vitamins, fiber, and nutrition! Cobb salads are great as a complete one-bowl meal. This is a healthier Cobb salad with fewer calories than a traditional Cobb salad, but with great taste.

Cobb salad on a white plate and a wooden board.

So many ingredients contain benefits in this amazing salad recipe!

If you haven’t tried turkey bacon before, you’re in for an excellent substitute for traditional bacon! Make sure not to skip out on any of the healthy toppings because tomatoes, for example, promote healthy skin. They purify the blood and are filled with vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, and many more nutrients.

Eggs add protein to this salad (6 whole grams!). Full of healthy fat, eggs are a cheap and easy food to cook. As for feta cheese, it’s a good source of calcium and vitamin B2 and makes a healthier substitute for blue cheese.

Chicken Cobb salad is one of my favorite salad options to order for lunch at a restaurant. This is an easy recipe to achieve at home with fresh ingredients and your own homemade dressing.

Key Ingredients

healthy cobb salad ingredients- turkey bacon, avocado, chicken breast, feta cheese, eggs, mustard, garlic, worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, mixed greens, pepper, salt, olive oil, and tomatoes.

Turkey bacon replaces regular bacon, reducing calories and saturated fat.

Chicken breast, especially organic chicken, contains heart-healthy omega-3.

Mixed greens are always a great and beneficial base for salads. They contain vitamins A & C, as well as fiber.

Hard-boiled eggs are filled with high-quality protein and calcium.

Plum tomatoes have potassium and vitamin K, but you can also use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.

Feta cheese also contains protein. It adds phosphorus to the benefits list, keeping your bones strong. You could also use goat cheese.

Avocado also contains potassium and adds heart-healthy fats to this fantastic list!

Best Cobb Salad Vinaigrette: 

A Red Wine Vinaigrette is the classic dressing for Cobb Salad. Vinaigrette is made with garlic cloves, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and extra-virgin olive oil. A homemade ranch dressing would work well as a substitute to the dressing. 

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make a Healthy Cobb Salad

Step 1: Sauté the bacon

Sauté turkey bacon until golden brown, pat dry with a paper towel, and chop into small pieces.

Cooked turkey bacon on a skillet.

Step 2: Boil the chicken

Boil the chicken breast and chop into small pieces. (Don’t add salt to the water).

Cooked chicken breast on an oval plate.

Step 3: Cook the eggs

Boil, peel, and chop eggs.

Chopped hard boiled eggs on a white plate with a brown rim.

Step 4: Chop veggies

Chop the tomatoes and avocado.

Chopped avocados and tomatoes in two white bowls.

Step 5: Combine

Combine ingredients with mixed greens and crumbled feta cheese.

For the Red Wine Vinaigrette:

Whisk together garlic, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and extra virgin olive oil. Add to the salad and mix when ready to serve!

Cobb salad vinaigrette in a center bowl mixed with a spoon with empty ingredient dishes on the sides.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t mix the salad until you’re ready to serve.
  • Make the dressing in a mason jar to shake it well before serving.
  • Salad greens can be rinsed and dried ahead of time.
  • Chicken can be pre-cooked and chilled ahead of time. Feel free to substitute rotisserie chicken if you’d like.
  • Cook and chop the crispy bacon ahead of time if you’d like. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Boil the eggs up to 2 days in advance and keep in the fridge until ready to use!
  • Keep salad in airtight containers to take to work or school for lunch the next day. This classic Cobb salad is perfect as a make-ahead recipe!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make Cobb salad ahead of time?

Make the vinaigrette 1-2 days before serving. Make sure to place it in a covered container in the refrigerator. As for the salad, you can make it 2-3 hours before serving. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Can I use a different dressing for Cobb salad?

Certainly! While the classic choice is a vinaigrette, you can use ranch, blue cheese, or any dressing of your choice.

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Healthy Cobb Salad with The Best Vinaigrette

What makes it healthier? Full of protein, vitamins, fiber, and nutrition. Cobb salads are great as a complete on bowl meal. This is a healthier Cobb salad with less the calories than a traditional Cobb salad, but with the same great taste.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings4
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 strips turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 chicken breast, boneless & skinless
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Sauté turkey bacon until golden brown, pat dry with a paper towel, and chop into small pieces.
    3 strips turkey bacon,
    cooked turkey bacon in skillet.
  • Boil the chicken breast and chop into small pieces. (Don't add salt to the water).
    1 chicken breast,
    cooked chicken breast on a sage colored plate.
  • Boil, peel, and chop eggs.
    2 eggs,
    cooked and chopped boiled eggs on a white and brown salad plate.
  • Chop the tomatoes and avocado.
    2 plum tomatoes,, 1 ripe avocado,
    chopped avocado in a white plate and red chopped tomato.
  • Combine ingredients with mixed greens and crumbled feta cheese.
    1 cup mixed greens, ¼ cup feta cheese

For the Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • Whisk together garlic, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and extra virgin olive oil. Add to the salad and mix when ready to serve!
    1 clove garlic,, 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 pinch salt, 1 pinch black pepper, ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    cobb salad vinaigrette in a white bowl and spoon.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 549IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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