Cobb Salad is a classic tossed salad loaded with chopped chicken, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and dressed with a homemade vinaigrette. It is every salad lovers dream, and a favorite quick and easy lunch!

Overhead view of a classic cobb salad with avocado, chicken, cheese, bacon, and tomatoes.

Cobb, chef, caesar, garden, phew! We love that there is never a lack of salad options. Mostly, we just want our salads to be super flavorful and filling. While we’re known to add a small salad to the side of dinner here and there, we mostly love that they are a healthy, quick and easy lunch that never disappoints. We are always a bit surprised to see the sheer amount of topping that go on this Cobb Salad. It is seriously packed with as many toppings as possible, and we absolutely love it. Feel free to customize your toppings to your own taste preferences, and definitely go heavy handed on the bacon.

What is the difference between chef salad and Cobb salad? 

Chef salad and Cobb salad are very similar. They both typically include, meat, cheese, hardboiled eggs, and bacon. We typically base our decision of which salad to make on our current stash of ripe avocados! Cobb salad calls for different meat and cheese, and includes those avocados. Rather than a creamy dressing, you are most likely to find a vinaigrette dressing on your Cobb salad. Really, we love them both!


Watercress is from the same family as kale. It has a bright, peppery taste, and is packed full of nutrients. We love the addition of watercress in a Cobb Salad. 

If you don’t like watercress or have a hard time finding it, you can substitute with iceberg lettuce.

Meat Options: 

You have a ton of options when it comes to adding meat into this salad. If you want to stick with chicken, you can keep it simple and buy pre-cooked chicken or even use leftover rotisserie chicken. In the mood for something different? Try turkey breast, steak, or even shrimp! 

Can I make Cobb Salad vegetarian?

You absolutely can! There are so many toppings on this salad that you won’t even miss the meat! Feel free to go heavier on the blue cheese crumbles, avocados, and egg to make it filling enough.

Salad Dressing:

We can’t get enough of this homemade vinaigrette! If you don’t love vinaigrette dressings, feel free to use your favorite store-bought salad dressing. 

Serving Suggestions: 

Is it a side salad or the main course? You decide! We love to use this as a side salad at dinner, but we have also been known to make it a full mean on its own. You do you!

Make Ahead Instructions: 

There is so much going on in this salad, it makes it too easy to get soggy or spoil quickly. You can always prepare your salad and toppings and wait to add the dressing until ready to serve. We like to keep individual ingredients prepped at the beginning of the week to assemble individual cobb salads for lunches. 

If you love this dressing as much as we do, you will want to always keep some in your fridge! Dressing stored on its own should last up to 1 week.

Classic Cobb Salad in a large white bowl with a bowl of vinaigrette in the background.

Storage Instructions: 

Store your salad in the fridge in an airtight container. Without avocado or dressing, it will last for up to 4 days. Simply add these items when you’re ready to serve.

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