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Healthy Cobb Salad

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April 4, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

This healthy Cobb salad is packed with protein, veggies, & the ultimate homemade ranch dressing. An easy, 30-minute meal for the whole family! Keto option included.

overhead shot of a healthy cobb salad that hasn't been tossed, with wooden salad spoon and fork next to it with a small cup of ranch dressing on the other side

Nothing says welcome to warmer weather than a big, refreshing, & delicious salad! This healthy Cobb salad is packed with protein, veggies, feta, blueberries, and the ultimate dressing- homemade ranch. An easy, 30 minutes lunch or dinner for the whole family! This tasty recipe also includes a keto Cobb salad option.

upclose shot of a Cobb salad with corn, red onions, chicken, tomatoes, feta cheese, blueberries and mixed greens

What Makes This Recipe Work

It’s salad season! Of course, you can eat a salad all year long, but I love when the weather gets warmer and crisp, refreshing greens are topped with fresh ingredients and delicious dressing for a quick & easy lunch or dinner. This spring, I’m obsessed with this new healthy Cobb salad recipe.

Featuring mixed greens, grilled chicken breast, corn, red onions, fresh blueberries, sliced tomatoes, avocado, and crumbly feta cheese, this salad is the ultimate meal. Finished off with my favorite dressing on Cobb salad, homemade Whole30 ranch!

How to Make This Recipe

Prepped and ready in just 30 minutes, this easy, healthy meal will be your new favorite in no time!

recipe ingredients labeled in small bowls around a big bowl of mixed salad greens

Ingredient Notes

Chicken Breast: I use skinless, boneless chicken breast and cook it on the stovetop or grill. It’s super easy and takes about 8 minutes to cook.

Hard-boiled Eggs: I have the BEST Air Fryer easy-peel hard-boiled egg recipe. You will love it!

Cooked Corn: This is easy to use straight from the can, or use frozen corn if that’s what you have on hand. Make sure it’s cooked before you add it to the salad.

Mixed Greens: For this healthy Cobb salad I like to use spring mix, but you can use whichever greens are your favorite.

Blueberries: This adds a hint of sweetness, and blueberries are low carb & keto-friendly!

Feta Cheese: Some prefer blue cheese, but I prefer crumbled feta. Use whichever you like best.

Cherry Tomatoes: Slice in half or keep whole, whichever you prefer.

Red Onion: I slice my onions into thin matchsticks, however, you can also dice them.

Avocado: Full of healthy fat, this adds an extra bit of creaminess to this salad.

Homemade Ranch Dressing: I personally love my homemade ranch dressing on Cobb salad. Feel free to use your favorite or try making it homemade with my recipe!

a close up of half of a cobb salad in a bowl with tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, red onions, blueberries, and feta cheese over mixed greens

Step by Step

  1. Grill the chicken breasts on the stovetop or the grill for about 7 minutes on each side. Use 1 tablespoon of olive or avocado oil
  2. Boil the eggs while the chicken is cooking. Place water into a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, lower the heat and let simmer for about 10-11 minutes. Place the eggs into an ice bath for 3-4 minutes. Peel and slice into quarters. 
  3. Place the greens in a platter or large bowl of choice. Begin building the salad, by adding all the ingredients in groups. Start with the chicken in the middle, then on the outside add the cheese, tomatoes, corn, blueberries, eggs, avocado, and red onion. 
  4. Drizzle the ranch dressing over the entire salad and give it a good toss until mixed together. 
  5. You can also build this like a buffet and have all the ingredients out and build individual salads based on preference.
overhead shot of a healthy cobb salad that hasn't been tossed, with wooden salad spoon and fork next to it with a small cup of ranch dressing on the other side

The BEST Dressing on Cobb Salad

Homemade Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Super creamy with tons of flavor, my homemade Whole30 Ranch dressing is the ultimate dressing on Cobb salad! it’s tangy, dairy-free, and easy to whip up!

Ranch Seasoning for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

If you’re looking for a more classic ranch that is made with buttermilk, my ranch seasoning recipe is the perfect mix to make all your ranch dreams come true! Another perfect dressing option!

a close up shot of a hand pouring homemade ranch dressing over a bowl of cobb salad

Keto Cobb Salad Option

This salad is full of keto-friendly ingredients that make it naturally low carb & keto. However, eliminating the corn is your best bet for keeping the carbs even lower.

For one serving of this salad (without the corn), it’s just under 7 net carbs! That includes 2 tbsp of ranch dressing. Keto Cobb salad for the win!

Mac’s Pro Tips

Make-Ahead: This salad is an easy recipe to make and bring with you to your next family gathering or to have on hand for quick lunches. Simply keep the dressing aside and toss it in when you’re ready to serve!

Meal Prep: For easy meal prep, add the components of the salad into individual containers and store them in the fridge. Put the dressing into small Ziploc baggies or dressing containers for easy grab & go options. Take one for a quick lunch on the go or pack one in your lunchbox!

Leftovers: If you’ve tossed the salad with the dressing, it won’t keep for very long. However, if you’ve kept the dressing separate, store leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge and use it within 72 hours.

Lemon Juice/Salt To Your Greens: For additional flavor, I add the juice of half a large lemon and 1/2 tsp kosher salt over the top of my greens. It makes such a difference.

a salad in a white bowl drizzled with ranch dressing on top

FAQs

Healthy Cobb Salad: FAQs

Can this be tailored to keto?

Yes, just remove the corn and this would be considered a low-carb keto Cobb salad with just 7 net carbs per serving!

Why is it called a Cobb Salad?

It’s actually named after a famed restaurant owner! Hungry, Robert Cobb combined a bunch of ingredients he had on hand, and this famous was born.

What’s the best lettuce to use for a Cobb Salad?

I always prefer to use a really green mix such as spinach and arugula or a spring mix. It adds a bit of bitterness that makes a salad taste super crisp.

Can this be saved in the fridge for later?

Yes! You can store individual ingredients in separate containers or store the un-dressed salad in an airtight container for up to 72 hours. If you’ve tossed this healthy cobb salad with the dressing, it won’t keep for very long, so it’s best to keep the dressing on the side if you plan to have leftovers.

How many calories are in Cobb salad?

For one serving of this healthy Cobb salad, with 2 tbsp of dressing, it’s 391 calories, 9 carbs, and 25 grams of protein. A delicious, nutritious, and filling meal!

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Healthy Cobb Salad

This healthy Cobb salad is packed with protein, veggies, & the ultimate homemade ranch dressing. An easy, 30-minute meal for the whole family! Keto option included.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 45 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 23 grilled chicken breast
  • 4 large eggs, quartered
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn
  • 56 cups mixed greens of choice
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  1. Grill the chicken breasts on the stovetop or the grill for about 7 minutes on each side. Use 1 tablespoon of olive or avocado oil
  2. Boil the eggs while the chicken is cooking. Place water into a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, lower the heat and let simmer for about 10-11 minutes. Place the eggs into an ice bath for 3-4 minutes. Peel and slice into quarters. 
  3. Place the greens in a platter or large bowl of choice. Begin building the salad, by adding all the ingredients in groups. Start with the chicken in the middle, then on the outside add the cheese, tomatoes, corn, blueberries, eggs, avocado, and red onion. 
  4. Drizzle the ranch dressing over the entire salad and give it a good toss until mixed together. 
  5. You can also build this like a buffet and have all the ingredients out and build individual salads based on preference

Notes

 Ranch Recipe Homemade Whole30 Ranch and Ranch Seasoning Recipe

Make-Ahead: This salad is an easy recipe to make and bring with you to your next family gathering or to have on hand for quick lunches. Simply keep the dressing aside and toss it in when you’re ready to serve!
Meal Prep: For easy meal prep, add the components of the salad into individual containers and store them in the fridge. Put the dressing into small Ziploc baggies or dressing containers for easy grab & go options. Take one for a quick lunch on the go or pack one in your lunchbox!

Leftovers: If you’ve tossed the salad with the dressing, it won’t keep for very long. However, if you’ve kept the dressing separate, store leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge and use it within 72 hours.

Lemon Juice/Salt To Your Greens: For additional flavor, I add the juice of half a large lemon and 1/2 tsp kosher salt over the top of my greens. It makes such a difference.

Keto-Friendly Option: This salad is full of keto-friendly ingredients that make it naturally low carb & keto. However, eliminating the corn is your best bet for keeping the carbs even lower.

For one serving of this salad (without the corn), it’s just under 7 net carbs! That includes 2 tbsp of ranch dressing. Keto Cobb salad for the win!

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish/Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: healthy Cobb salad, keto Cobb salad, dressing on Cobb salad

One thought on "Healthy Cobb Salad"

  1. Ashley McCrary says:

    Such a great salad for spring. So much flavor and crunch!


 

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