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This Cobb salad is not just a classic, it’s a satisfying meal packed to the brim with chicken, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and a whole lot more.

Cobb Salad

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

I love salads that have a lot of “stuff” in them, and the classic Cobb salad certainly fits the bill. It has everything you could want—lettuce, chicken, bacon, avocados, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and blue cheese, all tossed in tangy red wine vinaigrette. The origin of the salad has different accounts, but the most popular story dates back to 1937 when Robert Cobb, the owner of the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, CA, found himself hungry after closing time. He scavenged the fridge and stumbled upon a mix of leftovers—lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, and hard-boiled eggs. Adding some bacon, he tossed it all together with dressing, creating the iconic Cobb salad, which quickly became a signature dish of the restaurant.

What makes this Cobb salad really special is that, instead of using plain poached or grilled chicken, which can be a bit boring, the chicken is cooked in the rendered fat from the bacon — a technique I borrowed from a New York Times recipe by Alison Roman. Not only does it add a surprising amount of flavor to the salad, but it also makes full use of all of the ingredients. Go ahead and cook some extra bacon; it’s impossible to resist the temptation to sneak a few bites while you put the rest of the salad together.

What You’ll Need To Make Cobb Salad

ingredients for cobb salad

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the Dressing

Combine the shallot, vinegar, oil, mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar in a medium jar with a tight-fitting lid.

vinaigrette ingredients in glass jar

Screw on the lid and shake vigorously to emulsify. (Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl.)

emulsified vinaigrette in jar

Step 2: Cook the Bacon & Chicken

In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon.

raw bacon in nonstick skillet

Stir occasionally until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.

sizzling crispy bacon in skillet

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, leaving the fat in the pan.

transferring bacon to a paper towel lined plate

Season the chicken with the salt and add to the bacon fat in a single layer.

raw chicken pieces in skillet with bacon fat

Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Using the slotted spoon, remove the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.

cooked chicken pieces in skillet

Step 3: Assemble the Salad

Put the romaine, chicken, and the tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Give the dressing a shake to re-emulsify, then add three-quarters of it to the bowl; toss gently to combine. Add more dressing, little by little, until the greens are dressed to your liking. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

tossing the greens, chicken, and tomatoes with the dressing

Arrange the salad mixture on a serving platter or plates. Sprinkle the hard-boiled eggs, avocado, blue cheese (if using), and reserved bacon over the salad. Pass the pepper mill at the table.

Photo by Johnny Miller (Clarkson Potter, 2021)

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Classic Cobb

This Cobb salad is not just a classic, it’s a satisfying meal packed to the brim with chicken, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and a whole lot more.

Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (from 1 medium shallot)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar

For the Salad

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 romaine hearts, (from one 22-ounce bag), roughly chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved if desired
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 avocados, pitted and diced
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the Vinaigrette: Combine the shallot, vinegar, oil, mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar in a medium jar with a tight-fitting lid; screw on the lid and shake vigorously to emulsify. (Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl.)
  2. Make the salad: In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, leaving the fat in the pan. Season the chicken with the salt and add to the bacon fat in a single layer; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Using the slotted spoon, remove the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.
  3. Put the romaine, chicken, and the tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Give the dressing a shake to re-emulsify, then add three-quarters of it to the bowl; toss gently to combine. Add more dressing, little by little, until the greens are dressed to your liking. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Arrange the salad mixture on a serving platter or plates.
  4. Sprinkle the hard-boiled eggs, avocado, blue cheese (if using), and reserved bacon over the salad. Pass the pepper mill at the table.
  5. Make-Ahead Instructions: The vinaigrette can be made 2 days ahead and refrigerated.
  6. Note: You can save yourself a step by purchasing packaged hard-boiled eggs at the grocery store (usually found near the fresh eggs). If you’d like to cook the eggs at home, use this proven method.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 425
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Sodium: 614 mg
  • Cholesterol: 118 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • Perfection…I’ve made it twice in one week! One guest commented on how juicy my chicken was!

    • — Yolanda on July 22, 2023
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  • Another Jenn Segal synchronicity….I saw this recipe only yesterday, on a 110° Sherman Oaks, California heat wave. It felt SO right to be serving this as our entrees, and I did just that. It was absolutely fantastic. My only tweak for next time will be for final presentation. I found my inner Jenn, by arranging the toppings over the salad and then serving. As I was eating, I found that when the topping ingredients ended up mixing together with the salad, I enjoyed even more. Next time my Cobb won’t be as beautiful as last night, but I’m going to toss everything together before serving. We loved this like all get out, and all that Jenn mentioned regarding the cooking of the chicken in the bacon fat was on the money.

    • — Jeff Winett on July 16, 2023
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  • I just had to comment that I was glad to see that someone else makes use of the Bonne Maman preserves’ jars lol! I have been using them for salad dressings as well. Looking forward to making the salad!

    • — Glen on July 13, 2023
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  • What a great salad for summer!! So delicious and I know I’ll be making that wonderful vinaigrette often. Only change was subbing smoked turkey for the chicken. Do not like chicken at all.

    Another great recipe. Thank You Jenn!

    Lynne

    • — Lynne on July 11, 2023
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  • I love making this salad for dinner. It’s is so easy and delicious. Thanks !!

    • — Taline on June 8, 2023
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  • I have a favourite Cobb Salad recipe, but I was intrigued by this one, so I tried. Delicious, will definitely be on the favourite list from now on.

    • — Louise Neveu on May 19, 2023
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  • Oh Jenn!
    What a brilliant and simple way to make chicken taste so special!! I just did the bacon then the chicken thighs cut in bite size pieces in the bacon fat, and it’s delicious!
    Thank you again for these little hints that make such a difference!

    • — Joy on May 13, 2023
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  • Oh Jenn, bless you! I fell in love with Cobb Salad several years ago when I went to LA to visit a friend from college. I’ve been stumbling along, trying to duplicate that wonderful salad ever since. I’ve come pretty close, but your recipe seals the deal! Cooking the chicken in the bacon fat and using a simple vinaigrette made all the difference.. Thank you !

    • — Heather Lampman on May 13, 2023
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  • First let me say that this is an excellent recipe. Im not trying to take anything away from it. However ive eaten the cobb salad at the brown derby many times. (hollywood & vine). However the best cobb salads ive ever had didnt come from the brown derby. Has been closed for many decades. This recipe isnt the same. The derbys salad was a bit more rustic. I feel the recipe has evolved a bit from there. Can something be a ‘classic’ without being original? Idk. Is it good? Heck, Yes! Thats all that matters. When u say ‘classic egg salad’ i think you can get away with that. Egg salad wasnt invented and made famous by one restaurant. However there IS an original recipe for cobb. (just like green goddess, Caesar, etc…) This is one of the bajillion variations. Can one of these variations be the ‘classic’? I think thats a bit of a stretch. However i will say i love this ladys recipes and i think shes got an excellent palate! Great Salad!

    • — joe on April 18, 2023
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  • Loved it. The dressing was sensational. Tore up the romaine with my hands and prepped everything in the AM: added some whole pitted kalamata olives that were languishing in the frig. The eggs were jammy. A warm roll, a glass of white wine, perfect dinner

    • — Carol J Winkelman on September 5, 2022
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  • Another winning recipe! The dressing along with the chicken sautéed in bacon fat really take this Cobb salad to the next level!

    • — Melissa panaggio on September 1, 2022
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  • I seem to have an aversion to chicken breast when it it cut and then cooked. I would be inclined to flatten chicken breasts and cook and then slice. I realise your re ipe calls for tenders. It does look good and I would value your opinion.
    🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

    • — Marjory on August 30, 2022
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    • Hi Marjory, Your way will work just as well. Please LMK how it turns out! 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 30, 2022
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    • breasts are not my favorite part of the chicken, but for some reason, I do like tenders
      You might want to give them a try

      • — Carol J Winkelman on September 3, 2022
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  • Fantastic! The dressing is just wonderful. My husband kept nodding and saying this is great. When I see a nod, I know it’s a winner because he does that everytime he is really enjoying a meal then says great job. LOL.

    • — Rochelle on August 28, 2022
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  • REALLY good and REALLY filling. Made eggs, chicken, bacon and dressing ahead and assembly was easy. Adjusted amounts for two people.

    • — Shia on August 26, 2022
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  • This was delicious!!!! Perfect for a warm summer evening!!! The dressing was out of this world. Thanks for another winner, Jenn!!!! 🤗

    • — Lori on August 25, 2022
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  • My husband always tells me “put lots of stuff in the salad.” I do, and you are both right! Will put this one together next week for a light supper. We like those crispy onion pieces on top.

    • — Dorothea on August 25, 2022
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