The Culinary Corner: Easy Cobb Salad Recipe

The Culinary Corner: Easy Cobb Salad Recipe | Positively Smitten

Here’s how to make a perfect Cobb salad!

Cobb Salad Ingredients

  • Roast chicken breast
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Sharp cheddar or blue cheese crumbles
  • Spring mix greens
  • Fresh ranch dressing
  • Optional, onions

Roast Chicken


  • Chicken breast (with skin and bone)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, oil the breast skin liberally in a shallow baking pan, salt and pepper liberally as well.
  2. Bake until breast reads 165 degrees internally. Allow to rest.
  3. Remove skin and bone, discard.
  4. Dice the meat and set aside.

Hard Boiled Eggs


  1. (Can be done days before.) Set several eggs in sauce or pasta pot, cover with cold water. Turn heat on to high on stove.
  2. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, allow to boil for 2 minutes, then allow to set for 7 minutes.
  3. Run cold water into the vessel, until all water is cold, drain. Allow eggs to chill.
  4. Peel eggs and slice. Set aside.



  1. At a low heat allow bacon to crisp in a pan.
  2. Cool completely and crumple. Set Aside.

Tomatoes and Avocado


  1. Dice both, separately.
  2. Sprinkle lemon or lime juice over the avocado.
  3. If using onion, slice into thin strands.
  4. Set aside.

Ranch Dressing


  • ½  cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely diced and then smashed with fork
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce, optional
  • Dash of vinegar, optional
  • Dash of hot sauce , optional


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Add more mayonnaise or buttermilk based on your desired consistency. I like a thinner dressing.
  2. Chill well.

To assemble

On a platter, lay a bed of the spring mix greens. In lines lay out the other items in the following order: cheese, tomatoes, eggs, chicken, avocado, bacon and if using onions. To serve: provide tongs and allow each person to serve their own, on each salad drizzle 1-2 tablespoon of the ranch.

For each person provide 1-2 cups of greens, 1 breast of chicken, an egg, 2 pieces of bacon, an ounce of cheese, and ¼ cup each of the other vegetables. This is kind of a free form salad, so no need to follow strict guidelines!


Photo credit David Huang


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