This Chicken Cobb Salad recipe is an easy and healthy dinner option that can be thrown together in under 30 minutes. Made with grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, and eggs, it’s got classic flavors but is gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant.
Cobb salads are fantastic for leftovers and great to use up ingredients that need to be eaten soon. I love to use my grilled dijon chicken in a cobb salad because adds an extra bit of flavor.
To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients for the base of the salad:
- cooked chicken
- cooked bacon (make sure it’s compliant if doing a Whole30!)
- hard boiled eggs
- cherry tomatoes
Really it’s just a matter of combining all the ingredients with some salad dressing (see my recommendations below), but read on for a little more detailed instructions,
How to make a Chicken Cobb Salad
Step 1: Prep the ingredients
Using a cutting board and sharp knife, chop the lettuce into pieces, halve the tomatoes, slice (or dice) the avocados, and cut the hard boiled eggs into halves or quarters. Be sure and wash and dry your produce first!
*prep tip* cut the lettuce into medium to small pieces! You want to make sure they aren’t so big that they’re difficult to fit in your mouth. Same goes for the tomato – depending on the size of the cherry tomatoes cut them into quarters or halves.
Next prep the meat ingredients. Crumble the bacon with your hands or cut it up using the knife and cutting board. Cut the chicken thighs into roughly half inch slices with the knife as well.
Step 2: Assemble to salad
Place the chopped lettuce in the bottom of a large bowl and pile the other ingredients on top of the lettuce. Pour the dressing on top, or leave it undressed if people would like to pour it on themselves. Use salad tongs or other utensils to toss the salad and serve!
You may have a couple of questions about cobb salads – let’s get to those now.
Wait, what does cobb stand for in cobb salad?
The common theory is that the cobb salad was invented in the 1930s by Robert Cobb, an LA restaurant owner.
Are cobb salads healthy?
They can be! This cobb salad recipe uses protein, vegetables, and healthy fat to make a complete meal.
What do you eat with cobb salad?
A cobb salad is a complete meal on it’s own. If you’d like something with it, a roasted veggie side dish would be good. – try this turmeric roasted cauliflower!
What dressing should I use for cobb salad?
- Switch up the meat! You can use whichever (Whole30 compliant) meat you have on hand. If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, great! Or if you’ve got some deli meat, use that!
- Add in more veggies! If there are veggies you want to use up – shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, etc. – feel free to add them in. The more the merrier!
- Try poached eggs instead of hard boiled ones! I love a good poached egg, and it would be great in this salad.
PIN THIS CHICKEN COBB SALAD FOR LATER!
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR MORE GRILLING IDEAS, CHECK THESE OUT!
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken (Whole30, Paleo, GF)
- Greek Lamb Skewers (Whole30, Paleo, GF)
- Asian Steak Marinade (GF)
- Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs (Whole30, Paleo, GF)
- Carne Asada (Whole30, Paleo, GF)
OR IF YOU NEED SOME EASY WHOLE30 DINNER IDEAS, TAKE A LOOK AT THESE!
- Mexican Ground Beef Skillet
- Paleo Ground Beef Stroganoff
- Instant Pot Greek Chicken
- Paleo Ground Beef & Broccoli
- Paleo Meatloaf Muffins
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RECIPE FOR CHICKEN COBB SALAD
Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe (GF, Paleo, Whole30)
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 avocado
- 4 slices thick cut bacon compliant if on a Whole30
- 2 grilled chicken thighs boneless & skinless - like my Grilled Dijon Chicken Thighs https://www.hotpankitchen.com/grilled-dijon-chicken/
- Salad dressing compliant if on a Whole30
- Using a cutting board and sharp knife, chop the lettuce into pieces, halve the tomatoes, slice (or dice) the avocados, and cut the hard boiled eggs into halves or quarters. Be sure and wash and dry your produce first!
- Next prep the meat ingredients. Crumble the bacon with your hands or cut it up using the knife and cutting board. Cut the chicken thighs into roughly half inch slices with the knife as well.
- Place the chopped lettuce in the bottom of a large bowl and pile the other ingredients on top of the lettuce. Pour the dressing on top, or leave it undressed if people would like to pour it on themselves. Use salad tongs or other utensils to toss the salad and serve!