How to Make Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad
This healthy chicken cobb salad recipe is nothing short of incredible! With traditional cobb salad ingredients, this healthy version leaves out unhealthy oils and over-sugared dressings, but keeps all of the delicious flavors. I’ll show you how to make cobb salad for meal prep, too!
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This delicious Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad is the ultimate healthy lunch option!
Is your lunch getting a little boring? I’m looking at you, turkey sandwich! Maybe you’re hitting the fast-food drive thru a little too often, and might want to start bringing your lunch to work. This chicken cobb salad recipe is a fantastic option. Made with simple ingredients and none of those over-sugared salad dressings, this Healthy chicken cobb salad is filling and perfect for packing for work!
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What are the cobb salad ingredients?
Traditionally, cobb salad includes lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and Roquefort cheese.
I’m not a fan of Roquefort cheese, so I left out the cheese all together to cut down on the calories. If you would like to add cheese, many people prefer Blue cheese crumbles in their cobb salad.
Assembling your cobb salad as one large entree salad
For a large entree salad (this recipe makes four servings), start with a large platter or bowl. Tear up medium-sized head of romaine lettuce, then, simply add the rest of your ingredients. To make things really easy, I tend to use a store-bought rotisserie chicken for this salad. It saves me the work and time of cooking chicken in advance.
I like to top this healthy chicken cobb salad with a good amount of fresh ground pepper.
Other add-in’s to this chicken cobb salad recipe:
- diced red onion
- pickled red onions (one of my very favorites and super easy to make!)
- diced green onions or scallions
- minced parsley
- cheese: Roquefort, blue cheese crumbles or goat cheese
How do I meal prep cobb salad?
Meal prepping this healthy chicken cobb salad is very simple, and makes for a fantastic lunch option for your work week. Here’s how I assembled these individual salads:
- Start with the lettuce on the bottom of a meal prep container,
- Add 4 oz. of the pre-cooked chicken,
- next, 1 slice of thick-cut bacon, cooked crisply,
- then add, 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced or quartered
- next, cherry tomatoes, I halved mine,
- lastly, 1/2 avocado, sliced or cut into chunks.
Refrigerate your salads for up to 5 days. Yes, your avocado will likely brown a bit, but it will still be edible and delicious!
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How do I make creamy cobb salad dressing?
My Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing is absolutely PERFECT on this salad. Not only is this dressing a clean option, (no oils, sugar or garbage ingredients), it’s just 44 calories per serving. Forget the store-bought bottled dressings, this dressing is WAY better! This healthy ranch dressing is made with just 6 simple ingredients: plain Greek yogurt, vinegar, garlic salt, dried parsley, onion powder and pepper. It is also the base for my Healthy Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip.
This dressing is amazing and tastes exactly like Ranch dressing WITHOUT all of the added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and toxic oils. FYI – almost all store-bought salad dressing have this unhealthy ingredients. Making your own salad dressing is not only much healthier, it’s more economical as well!
FAQ’s about chicken cobb salad:
Do cobb salads have corn?
- Not necessarily. Corn is not a traditional cobb salad ingredient, however, if you’re looking to add some great flavor and texture to your chicken cobb salad recipe, grilled corn is an amazing add-in!
Can I add cheese to a cobb salad?
- Yes. Traditionally, Roquefort is what is added to cobb salad, however many people opt for Blue cheese instead.
What is the difference between a cobb salad and a chef salad?
- The difference between cobb salad and chef salad is just a variation of ingredients. Both salads include lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, bacon and hard-boiled egg. Cobb salad includes chicken and avocado. Chef salad includes ham.
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Here’s the recipe for my delicious Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad:
- 1 medium-large head of romaine lettuce, torn into pieces (about 6-8 cups)
- 1 lb. cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken works well), chopped
- 4 slices, thick-cut bacon, cooked crisply, crumbled
- 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- On a large platter or bowl, add the torn lettuce pieces. Be sure to rinse the lettuce before adding to your salad. To the lettuce, add the chopped chicken, bacon crumbles, sliced eggs, avocado slices, and tomatoes. Top with fresh ground pepper.
Feel free to use your salad greens of choice. Other options would include baby spinach, red or green leaf lettuce or spring mix.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 4 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 612mgCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 32g