Salads don’t get more satisfying than this Chicken Cobb Salad! It’s packed with juicy chicken breast, crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs, avocado and blue cheese, and it’s tossed in a flavorful red wine vinaigrette. It’s gluten-free and low carb, and it makes a great meal prep lunch or dinner!

Chicken cobb salad in a big bowl

I have a thing for loaded salads, and I almost always choose them over an entree when I eat out at a restaurant. They’re extremely satisfying, and they’re full of delicious ingredients, textures and flavors.

I’ve recreated some of my all time favorites at home, including my salmon nicoise, shrimp louie, and finally this Chicken Cobb Salad.

It’s so easy to make at home, and it’s one of the most satisfying salads because it’s packed with protein and it doesn’t skimp on flavor in the slightest.

The ingredients work so well together that I can’t pick one as my favorite. They each play a role, and the salad wouldn’t be the same without one of them.

I’m not even a big fan of blue cheese, but it pairs so well with the other ingredients that I’ve never thought to sub it with anything else.

It’s one of the most perfect salads, and I don’t believe in messing with perfection. 🙂

Cobb salad with chicken in a white bowl

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This cobb salad is fresh, flavorful and high in protein with chicken breast, hard boiled egg and bacon.
  • It has a few components, but most may be prepared in advance to make salad prep even easier.
  • It makes a satisfying dinner or meal prep lunch.
  • It’s low carb, gluten-free and may be made dairy-free by omitting the blue cheese.

Recipe ingredients

These cobb salad ingredients are all included in the classic recipe. It may seem like a lot of different components, but they all work together to create one of the best salad recipes ever!

Chicken cobb salad ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Chicken breast. I love preparing my air fryer chicken breast in this recipe because it’s so juicy, but you can also use Instant Pot shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken as well.
  • Hard boiled egg. Prepare a batch of hard boiled eggs or use your favorite store bought brand.
  • Bacon. I make my air fryer bacon for this recipe because it’s the easiest way to prepare it! You can certainly cook it using your favorite method.
  • Blue cheese. I’m not normally a big fan of blue cheese, but I can’t imagine any other cheese in this salad. It pairs perfectly with the chicken, smoky bacon, hard boiled egg and avocado! If you really don’t like it, try substituting it with feta or your favorite cheese.
  • Greens and veggies. I used spring greens, cherry tomatoes and cucumber in this cobb salad, but you can change it up with your favorite lettuce or whatever veggies that you have on hand.
  • Dressing. Classic cobb salad typically includes red wine vinaigrette, which is what I’ve used here. Greek yogurt ranch dressing, balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing would work as well.

How to make this recipe

This cobb salad recipe has a few components, but a few of them may be made in advance to make prep go very quickly on busy nights.

Pro tip: Grill or air fry the chicken breast, boil the eggs, cook the bacon and make the dressing in advance to make salad prep a breeze!

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

How to make cobb salad collage
  1. Gather and prep the salad ingredients.
  2. Place the greens on a platter or plates. Top with sliced chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado and blue cheese, then drizzle the dressing over the top.
Chicken cobb salad in a white bowl with a fork

FAQs

What is a Cobb salad?

The Cobb salad was created by Bob Cobb, the owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, in 1937. It includes salad greens, chicken breast, bacon, hard boiled eggs, blue cheese, avocado, tomato and red wine vinaigrette.

Are Cobb salads good for you?

This Chicken Cobb Salad is a healthy meal. It’s low carb, packed with protein, and full of nutritious ingredients such as avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and spring lettuce. It’s tossed in a sugar free red wine vinegar dressing for the perfect healthy dinner or meal prep lunch.

What dressing goes on a Cobb salad?

This chicken Cobb salad includes a tangy, flavorful red wine vinaigrette. It’s also often served with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip:  Prepare the chicken breast, bacon and hard boiled eggs in advance to make salad prep go very quickly! To save on time, use leftover or rotisserie chicken and store bought hard boiled eggs.
  • Nutrition information does not include the dressing as it is included in a separate post.
  • Chicken cobb salad makes a great meal prep lunch or dinner!  Portion into containers and drizzle with dressing when you’re ready to eat.
Cobb salad with chicken in large white bowl

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Chicken cobb salad in a big bowl

Chicken Cobb Salad

This Chicken Cobb Salad is loaded with juicy chicken breast, crisp bacon, blue cheese and creamy avocado. It makes a satisfying low carb dinner or meal prep lunch!
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Ingredients

  • 2 air fryer chicken breasts sliced (or use leftover or rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 slices air fryer bacon chopped (or prepare according to package instructions)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs peeled and halved
  • 5 ounces spring lettuce mix or your favorite greens
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 medium cucumber chopped
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • red wine vinaigrette

Instructions 

  • Divide the greens between (4) large plates and top with the chicken, bacon, hard boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and bleu cheese.
    2 air fryer chicken breasts, 4 slices air fryer bacon, 4 hard boiled eggs, 5 ounces spring lettuce mix, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 1 medium cucumber, 1 large avocado, 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • Drizzle each salad with red wine vinaigrette and serve immediately. Enjoy!
    red wine vinaigrette

Notes

  • Pro tip:  Prepare the chicken breast, bacon and hard boiled eggs in advance to make salad prep go very quickly!  To save on time, use leftover or rotisserie chicken and store bought hard boiled eggs.
  • Nutrition information does not include the dressing as it is included in a separate post.
  • Chicken cobb salad makes a great meal prep lunch or dinner!  Portion into containers and drizzle with dressing when you’re ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 280mg, Sodium: 480mg, Potassium: 1002mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 3753IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 166mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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