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I have to admit, I am having a real moment with Cobb salad these days. Which probably sounds silly but I can’t get enough. I think the Cobb is one of THE most underrated salads and I am here to advocate for the classic. Maybe it’s because I’m from California… maybe it’s because I’m a bacon lover… whatever it is the Cobb-love is real.
A traditional Cobb salad usually always has a base of chopped greens, bacon, hard boiled eggs, avocado, and some kind of cheese! If you’ve got these ingredients you're on your way to a "traditional" cobb salad. Around The College Housewife headquarters, we love switching up a classic so of course we added a few more ingredients for some pizzazz.
You can honestly use whatever protein base you prefer (grilled salmon is one of my favs!) but the house favorite always seems to be some kind of grilled chicken. Whether you’re making this on the grill (or using a grill pan during the winter) just be sure to get a nice golden brown on the outside of your chicken breast.
For extra flavor, I love serving up the chicken on a salt block. It adds a bit of extra flavor and makes you look like a salad maven in the kitchen.
We’ve covered the foundation of the Cobb salad but you can totally put your own flavor spin on the classic!
Greens: Most people use crisp romaine but you could do iceberg, spinach, field greens or even a blend of all of them. Whenever I use a blend of greens I love breaking out my salad spinner. It’s an extremely fun gadget (talk about getting your adult kicks) and incorporates everything together.
Cheese: My go to is ALWAYS blue cheese but feel free to try some cheddar for a classic flavor, or smoked gouda if you love to pack in the flavor!
Dressing: This is totally up to your preference! I think a creamy blue cheese or ranch is the perfect accompaniment for a Cobb but balsamic or Italian are great options for something a bit tangier!
Veggie-Friendly: If you’re a vegetarian or cutting down on meat there are a couple alternatives for the Cobb salad. Crispy roasted chickpeas or sundried tomatoes are great bacon replacements, and grilled tofu or a veggie pattie work well to replace the chicken.
If you are big on meal prepping you can certainly gather all the ingredients for this Loaded Chicken Cobb Salad at the beginning of the week and prep a salad the night before. I do a few easy things for optimum freshness…
Makes 2 salads