Unleash the Magic: Discover the Best Cobb Salad Recipes!
If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I’m all about salads. Making and sharing them with my favorite people is one of my love languages, and I, for one, could eat them daily! One of my favorite types of salads to make is a Cobb Salad. The versatility of this salad offers countless possibilities–the sky’s the limit! Feel free to unleash your creativity and make unique combinations using the ingredients you have on hand in your kitchen. Let’s go!
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Unleash the Magic: Discover the Best Cobb Salad Recipes!
I’ve got lots of different Cobb Salads on the blog. I even have a fabulous recipe for the Whole30 Cobb Salad Sandwich pictured above. I love that there are endless ways to make a delicious salad. Let’s start out with what might be arguably the best version: a Classic Cobb Salad.
Let’s kick things off with the epitome of Cobb salad perfection—the classic rendition. This version combines a symphony of flavors and textures. Gather your crispy lettuce, cucumbers, sizzling bacon, avocado, jammy eggs, chicken, Marinated Red Onions, and briny olives. Arrange these ingredients beautifully on a platter and drizzle them with a WholeSisters Ranch, or any of your favorite Magic Elixirs, like my Creamy Garlic Olive Dressing or even Green Goddess.
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One ingredient I love to add to almost every Cobb salad is my Jammy Eggs. They take a little finesse but are a great addition to any salad.
How to make a perfect jammy egg every time!
Fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs and bring them to a boil. While the water is heating, fill a medium bowl with ice and water.
Gently add the eggs and boil for 8 minutes and 40 seconds. Remove the eggs and put them into the ice water for 3 minutes.
When the eggs are cool to handle, peel and slice them into 1/4-inch slices—do this lengthwise as you want to be able to see the yolk in each slice. (I learned this method from Chris Kimball.)
Add your favorite toppings based on what you have in the fridge and what’s in season! Have some fun and make it your own. Top it off with your favorite Magic Elixir, like my Creamy Chive Dressing or Charred Scallion Dressing.
Need some inspiration to get yourself started? Here are a few of Teri’s favorite Cobb Salads:
I know a great Cobb Salad when I see one, and below are twelve variations to bookmark for making later!
Raspberry Summer Salad
What is so lovely about summer salads is that you can keep them low-cook. The only thing you need to cook for this recipe is the bacon. Besides that, you only have to worry about assembling a beautiful salad!
Whole30 Steak Cobb Salad
The wonderful thing about a Whole30 Cobb Salad is that it can be made in many ways. This Steak Cobb is great the day it’s assembled and even tastes better the next day as leftovers!
Strawberry Cobb Salad
Here, I changed up my traditional Cobb salad by adding strawberries, balsamic, and goat cheese. Plus, I added some strawberries to the dressing to create a lovely Creamy Strawberry Chive Dressing.
Rainbow Cobb Salad with Chicken & Bacon
Celebrate Pride with a colorful, creative feast that is full of flavor! My Rainbow Cobb Salad with Chicken & Bacon is hard to resist!
Whole30 Cobb Salad Sandwich
Here’s a really fun double twist on a Cobb Salad. First, we turned it into a sandwich, and for the second twist, we used a fried egg instead of hard-boiled. The best part? It is deliciously Whole30.
Get ready to hit a tropical note with this variation on the classic Cobb Salad filled with mango, avocado, and perfectly spiced chicken.
I love this Vegan Summer Cobb! My son Patrick and I have created lots of vegan dishes together and this is one of them. I’ve been so inspired by vegan and plant-based food during his visits, and this dish we created together was a total winner.
Panera Green Goddess Salad (Whole30, Keto, Paleo) from Nom Nom Paleo
If you’re looking for a hearty salad that tastes as good as it looks, make Michelle Tam’s version of Panera’s Green Goddess Salad! Packed with protein, fiber-rich vegetables, tangy pickled onions, and drizzled with a vibrant green herbaceous dressing, this salad is a run don’t walk situation.
An Iconic Cobb Salad from California Wines.
The iconic Cobb Salad was invented in 1937 at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, California, by Bob Cobb. The ingredients for Cobb Salad vary from recipe to recipe but they typically start with some sort of leafy green like Romaine lettuce. The greens are adorned with ingredients like hard-boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, chives, avocado, onion, and bacon. Once tossed together these simple ingredients become a sensational salad that has truly become a California legend!
Whole30 Smoky Steak Cobb Salad
I am always looking for great ideas for quick weeknight protein – and this one is a winner! I used an inexpensive cut of meat and dusted it with a combination of smoky paprika, garlic, and onion powder. Then, I pan-roasted the cubes of steak until they were crispy and delicious. The steak cubes are perfect in this Cobb salad or as the beginning of a weeknight dinner.
Whole30 Lobster Cobb Salad
I’m sure you are thinking Lobster Cobb, isn’t that going to cost a fortune? Not at all! I recently discovered that you can find small frozen lobster tails for around $6.00 a piece! I was absolutely stunned by this and couldn’t wait to treat myself to a Lobster Cobb Salad.
Salad fanatics keep scrolling for more of Teri’s fabulous tips and tricks to try next!
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Freshness matters. Personally, I’m not crazy about buying a bag of already-mixed, prepackaged greens, but I sure do love to mix my own or let my local farmer do it for me–a personal favorite is watercress mixed with arugula. Watercress is one of those greens you can often find in the grocery store actually attached to the dirt it was grown in. Other, softer favorites are green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, Boston, and Bibb. They all make an extraordinary, soft bed for your salad.
Salads are a fairly magnificent way to eat, if you like delicious food, brimming with life force. I love transforming a salad into a masterpiece, like this soul-satisfying Wedge Salad. A salad can be every bit as pleasurable as the rest of the meal, and I’m excited to share my secrets for this one! It’s a fabulously colorful version that all your favorite eaters will love. It will be a game-changer in your weekly meal plan rotation too! If you haven’t already made this one, what are you waiting for?
Sitting down to a shrimp salad feels like such an elevated experience. Even preparing one makes me feel like I’m cooking something very special. I have created a few uniquely spectacular salad recipes with shrimp, and I can unequivocally say that when entertaining a group, shrimp salad is indeed a showstopper!
Want to add a level of flavor and excitement to your salads while keeping it Whole30? My delicious Whole30 salad dressing recipes, AKA Magic Elixirs, are short cuts to deliciousness. They will absolutely take your Whole30 next level! And because everyone loves delicious, you’ll find yourself making them again and again throughout the year.
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