The sun is out in Rochester, NY and this time of year, I love a good salad. I begin craving less carb heavy meals and just want something that remind me of summer time. Up to this point in time, I have not had a good cobb salad eating out. Usually, dressings used in restaurants are very heavy and ruin a fresh salad for me so that's why I like to make my own.
If you have any suggestions of a good Cobb Salad in Rochester, NY- please comment them below! I would love to try them out.
In the meantime, here is my Cobb Salad Recipe that I absolutley love!
A salad does not have to be boring. If you don’t believe me, try this Cobb Salad recipe. The fresh crisp romaine lettuce topped with American’s favorite ingredients make up the ever so famous Cobb Salad. It’s so filling, it can be more than just a side. A Cobb Salad makes for a great meal!
What is a Cobb Salad?
I made my Cobb Salad starting with fresh chopped romaine lettuce. Then, I top it with a variety of flavorful ingredients and finally, and finish off with a balsamic vinaigrette. The Cobb Salad was first made up in 1937 by the owner of Brown Derby, Bob Cobb. Brown Derby was a restaurant in Los Angeles, CA where the Cobb Salad was born. The creative Mr. Cobb made a salad and included ingredients he had in the kitchen. He named the salad after himself and it became known as one of America’s favorite salads.
What ingredients are in the Cobb Salad Recipe?
I start the Cobb salad with chopped romaine lettuce. Then, I top it with chicken, avocado, red onions, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese crumbs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, and vinaigrette. I make this salad whenever I have leftover chicken because any chicken can be used. This salad is great in the summer when there is left over grilled chicken left. However, a rotisserie chicken can be used as well.
What is the best dressing for this salad?
The original Cobb Salad dressing is a vinaigrette which I have included in this recipe.
What kind of chicken is used?
I don’t have a rule when it comes to what kind of chicken I use for this Cobb Salad recipe. You can use any grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, or any left over chicken of choice.
Can Blue Cheese be substituted?
Blue Cheese is probably the least common ingredient in this recipe. It is also the most questioned if it can be substituted. The best substitute for blue cheese is feta cheese crumbs.
Making a Cobb Salad more nutritious.
There are e few things that I do to make this salad more healthy. I am all for what makes you feel good. Come days I like it original and other days, I want a leaner version and both are great options. Below are some suggestions of how I change it up sometimes.
- spring mix instead of romain lettuce, to include more darker leafy greens
- 2 egg whites, and 1 egg yolk, to cut down on saturated fat
- remove bacon
- green onions instaed of red onions, no reason. I love green onions and always have them on hand!
- feta cheese or blue cheese stays! I'm not ready to give up cheese in my life 😃
You can view my grilled chicken recipe here!
- 4 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 medium head romaine lettuce rinsed and chopped
- 1-2 chicken breasts cooked
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- ½ red onion sliced
- ⅓ cup feta or blue cheese crumbs
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- In a medium skillet, sauté chopped bacon until browned and crispy. When cooked, remove from heat.
- Wash and chop romaine lettuce and spread over the bottom of a salad bowl. Top salad with chicken sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, sliced red onions, hard boiled eggs, and blue cheese crumbs.
- For the dressing, add all of the ingredients for the dressing in a jar, close with a lid and shake to mix.
- Drizzle salad dressing over salad and enjoy.