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Chicken Cobb Salad {with Homemade Vinaigrette}

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Chicken Cobb Salad is perfect for the main course – full of veggies, protein and topped with a delicious homemade vinaigrette dressing.

During the summer I love a good main course salad because I will do anything (anything!) to avoid heating up my house. But as a salad lover, I enjoy salads year round, like this easy Big Mac in a bowl salad.

What’s not to love?! They are light, refreshing and really simple to make. The unlimited ingredient combinations guarantee you’ll never get bored.

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One of my favorite salads is the Cobb salad. It has all of my favorite ingredients combined into one bowl. And the homemade dressing is amazing!

Chicken Cobb Salad is also a great option when you need to feed a lot of people or if you’re hosting a shower or potluck. And the presentation is beautiful when prepared on a decorative bowl or platter.

Why Do They Call It Cobb Salad?

Long story short, a restaurant owner with the last name of Cobb was starving at the end of his night shift. He decided to take all of the leftover ingredients he had on hand and toss them into a bowl.

Robert Cobb soon shared his salad with a friend who owned the Chinese theater. The next day his friend came back wanting a “Cobb Salad”.

And so the kitchen sink salad turned into the classic Cobb salad. I love recipes with a good story!

More Chicken Recipes: Try our Italian Chicken Green Beans and Potatoes sheet pan dinner, Easy Weeknight Chicken Spaghetti or Slow Cooker Honey Chicken for busy nights. If you’re in a pinch try 15 Easy Recipes to use with Canned Chicken.

All ingredients for Chicken Cobb Salad sitting on white counter and labeled

What’s In a Chicken Cobb Salad?

Lettuce – You can use your favorite, but I like a mixture of romaine, leaf, and endive greens. Rinse and use a salad spinner to dry the lettuce so you get that super crispy taste!

Chicken – Cook it your favorite way, slice, and layer on top.

Avocado – To choose the perfect avocado, peel back the stem on the bottom. If it’s dark, it’s no good. A ripe avocado will have a green or light color under the stem.

Hard-Boiled Eggs – I love using my Instant Pot to make hard-boiled eggs!

Bacon – I prefer thick-cut bacon for this recipe. You can also make bacon in the oven by cooking it at 400 degrees for 8-12 minutes.

Blue Cheese crumbles – You can swap out for feta cheese or your favorite crumbly cheese if you’re not a fan of this pungent cheese.

Other ingredients: cherry tomatoes, red onion, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

How to Make Cobb Salad Dressing?

I have included full ingredients and detailed instructions for the homemade vinaigrette in the recipe card below. This simple dressing is easy to prepare and a MUST when eating Cobb salad.

Combine the vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Use a whisk or an immersion blender to mix well. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while mixing until the dressing starts forming.

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What Kind Of Chicken Should I Use?

Originally the Cobb Salad is known for having some type of grilled chicken. You can use your favorite chicken recipe (I highly recommend the Italian Grilled Chicken). If you’re in a pinch you can also use rotisserie chicken.

What’s the Difference Between Cobb Salad and a Chef Salad?

Chef Salads usually have ham and turkey for their meats with only one kind of lettuce and no avocado.

Can I Make This Dish in Advance?

Yes! Prepare all the ingredients ahead of time and store separately in the refrigerator. Simply assemble the salad and top with dressing right before serving.

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Chicken Cobb Salad {with Homemade Vinaigrette)

Chicken Cobb Salad is perfect for the main course, full of veggies, and topped off with a delicious homemade vinaigrette dressing. 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dish, Main Dish Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom



  • 6-8 cups lettuce – romaine, leaf, endive or your favorite, rinsed, dried & chopped
  • 2-3 chicken breasts , cooked and sliced (Use the Italian Grilled Chicken Recipe)
  • 1 8 oz. package cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (or quarters if large)
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 4 large eggs, hard boiled, rough chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 container blue cheese crumbles
  • chives or parsley for garnish, optional

Vinaigrette Dressing

  • cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Vinaigrette Dressing

  • In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients except olive oil. Blend with an immersion blender until combined.
  • Slowly drizzle in olive oil, blending until dressing comes together.


  • Layer on a large serving platter or bowl.
  • Arrange the chicken, tomatoes, onion, avocado, eggs, bacon and blue cheese in decorative rows on top of the lettuce.
  • Top with the vinaigrette dressing and serve immediately.


  • Make Ahead: if preparing ahead of time, store the ingredients separately in the refrigerator. Assemble immediately before serving. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference using an online calculator. We recommend verifying this information independently.
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Nutritional Estimate

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 259mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 945mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6518IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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