Easy Cobb Salad

Easy Chicken Cobb Salad loaded with Chicken, Cherry Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Eggs, Romaine Lettuce, Mozzarella Cheese, and delicious croutons.

This is probably tastier than chick-fil-a, but i'm not the one to say! This protein-packed salad is a meal in itself, and with the creamy ranch dressing, you'd definitely want to add this to your family's menu!

What is Cobb Salad

A Cobb Salad is salad that is basically loaded with all the goodies, like chicken, tomatoes, eggs, lettuce, bacon, cheese, and just about anything else you want!

They say that the Cobb Salad came to be somewhere in California in 1937 by the man named Bob Cobb. Who happened to be rummaging through the Brown Derby Restaurant and pulling out various ingredients, including lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, chives, and avocado.

Smelling the bacon being cooked nearby, he grabbed a few slices to add to his dish. After a few bites, he shared his outcome with a his friend Sid Grauman. Being so impressed that he nicknamed the salad "Cobb Salad" and hense the classic was born!

Imagine having a salad named after you! It's our family favorite and a favorite of so many Americans today! But nobody is a bigger fan than my husband! Who happens to order a Cobb Salad pretty much every time we go to Chick-fil-a.

Cobb Salad Ingredients

This is seriously one satisfying salad, since it has so much protein. You can eat it as a main course, or as a side salad! Here are some of the ingredients I used for this legendary salad.

  • Greens. Like most salads, you start with greens. A traditional Cobb Salad uses a variety of greens, such as Romaine, Iceberg, Watercress, and Endives. But I only used Romaine Lettuce, since it was what I had on hand. But you are welcome to try a variety!
  • Chicken Breast. You could simply buy rotisserie chicken from the deli at Walmart. It will actually save you quite a bit of time! But if you'd like, you can also season and make your own chicken. If you aren't a fan of chicken, turkey is also a good option. Especially if you have leftover holiday turkey to use up.
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs. Make you hard boiled eggs and cut them in quarters lengthwise, half them, or chop them up.
  • Tomatoes. I really like using grape or cherry tomatoes. You can simply cut them in half and add to your salad. But you are more than welcome to use regular tomatoes too.
  • Cheese. I used shredded mozzarella cheese, but you can use a variety. There's Blue Cheese, American Cheese, Roquefort Cheese, or Fresh Cheese. Possibilities are endless.
  • Croutons. I love adding croutons to just about any salad, especially the garlic/parmesan ones.

And like any salad, you can add in anything else that looks or sounds delicious in your Cobb Salad. Such as Avocados, Bacon, Chives, Onions, maybe even some saltine crackers.

Dressing Options

I personally like regular Ranch, or Avocado Ranch in my salads. But really, the salad already will have a lot of flavor, so you don't need a whole lot of dressing.

You can mix it up by using a homemade dressing, or a store-bought dressing. Here are a few ideas.

  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Italian Dressing
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Basil Vinaigrette
  • Avocado Ranch
  • Buttermilk Ranch
  • Lemon Vinaigrette

Can I Made Cobb Salad Ahead

You can make this salad ahead, but be sure to leave the dressing and meat out of it until you're ready to serve. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Here are some tips.

  • Dressing. Make or buy your dressing. Don't add into your salad until you're ready to serve. Or just leave the dressing on the table so your family or guests can add how much they'd want.
  • Lettuce and Greens. Rinse and dry. Use a salad spinner if you have one. If not, pat them dry. Cut and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Chicken Breast. You can make this ahead and re-heat later, or buy store bought rotisserie chicken to save some time.
  • Eggs. Eggs are totally okay to make two or three days ahead. Cook hard-boiled eggs and refrigerate until ready to use.

This Cobb Salad is absolutely stunning once assembled, and believe me, it will blow chick-fil-a's Cobb Salad and Cheesecake Factory's salad out of this world!

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Prep time:
20 minutes
Cook time:
20 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
40 minutes
2 Servings


  • 1 Romain Lettuce Head
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Croutons
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Cooking Chicken

  1. Start by prepping you chicken.
  2. Rinse and pat dry your chicken. Seasoning you chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, as well as any other seasonings you'd like to put on.
  3. Heat your skillet on medium/high heat with 2 tbsp of oil. Once it's hot, reduce heat to medium/low and place your two chicken breasts onto the skillet. Cook about 6-7 minutes on each side until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  4. Once your chicken is cooked through, remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel in a plate to rest.

Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Cook your hard boiled eggs. You can also this step along side the chicken.
  2. Place six to seven eggs into your sauce pan and pour cold water over your eggs, until it's about an inch above the eggs.
  3. Put the skillet on the stove on medium/high heat. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once it starts to boil, set a timer for six minutes.
  5. Prepare your ice bath. In a large bowl, fill it with water and ice.
  6. After six minutes, remove eggs from the heat, and place them in the ice bath to stop the cooking process.

Assemble the Salad

  1. In a large bowl, add in your chopped romaine lettuce. Lightly add salt and pepper.
  2. Cut your cooled chicken and two of your peeled eggs. Add to the salad.
  3. Add in your cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, croutons, and your favorite salad dressing.
  4. Enjoy!

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