This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!
Its not every day when you already have all the ingredients ready to go in your refrigerator to make a delicious cobb salad. But, given the fact that I’m always the one the grocery store clerk asks “stocking up?” while I’m going through the checkout line, and my answer is always “sort of, but I’ll buy this same amount next week, and this is how much I bought the week before.” Yeah, so to say that I already had all of these ingredients in my frig isn’t that shocking.
First, I must tell you that this was the best damn cobb salad I’ve ever had. Hands down. You can pretty much see how to make it based on the first photo, but I figured I’d better walk you through the process in case you’ve never done it before. Most salads start with lettuce. I used both romaine and baby red lettuce. The romaine is hidden under the red lettuce because 1) it was getting old and was no longer photo worthy and 2) don’t you just want to make an art project out of those baby red leaves? They’re just so darn pretty.
Next, you have a wide variety of toppings. Tomato – I prefer cherry and I like them to be quartered. They’re easiest to stab and shove in my mouth that way. Avocado – go with a California avocado if possible. I grew up on these and they are hands down the best. Shredded chicken – do yourself a favor and make a whole chicken in the crockpot. It will be the most flavorful and moist shredded breast meat you will ever use. Hard boiled egg – these are my true nemesis, although I’m finally getting the hang of it after decades of trying. Green onion, or scallion – whatever, they’re the same thing. And cooked bacon ends and pieces. I pretty much always have some on hand.
I decided to make my own bleu cheese dressing for my salad because I knew it would taste best and, well, I have a food blog. Oh yes, it was good.
One mustn’t forget the additional crumbled bleu cheese on top. Present your salad like this, but be sure to give it a good toss before serving. I crave this salad. If you make one salad this summer, please oh please let it be this one!
- 1 small head read leaf lettuce
- 2 cups romaine
- 1 hard boiled egg
- 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup shredded chicken breast
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon ends and pieces
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 2 ounces crumbled blue (bleu) cheese
- buttermilk bleu cheese dressing
- salt and pepper to taste
- On large plate or platter, arrange romaine and dark red lettuce. Top with separate piles of all chopped ingredients as shown in photos. Pour buttermilk bleu cheese dressing over salad. Toss well before serving.