Classic Cobb Salad

Sometimes you might just like a salad for dinner.  In fact, more often than not, you might just want a salad for dinner and that’s IT.  But perhaps you have a family to feed… a family who doesn’t think SALAD is DINNER… a family who thinks salad is just a starter or a side dish.  (I may be speaking from personal experience here!)  In that case, you’d better beef up your salad and prove to that family that salad should not be overlooked as a dinner option.  This Classic Cobb Salad will do the trick.

My your family couldn’t possibly look at this plate of goodies here and not see “dinner” written all over it, could they?  I mean… there’s ham in there!  And chicken!  And even BACON!

… especially if you plan to accompany it with a little bit of homemade blue cheese salad dressing!  Click over on the title to see how to make that (it’s very good). Let’s build this thing!

I like to mix red or green leaf lettuce with iceberg (for crunch!)

Sprinkle some chopped ham in there (just buy one of those small ham steaks in the same place you’d find pork/ham/bacon in your market) and cooked chicken too (I like to buy one breast and just sauté it in a skillet until it’s cooked through).

Add chopped tomatoes and chopped, cooked bacon.  Fancy bacon (Applewood Smoked variety) is recommended… and delicious.  For easy cooking and easy clean-up, BAKE your bacon- rather than fry it.  I included instructions for how to do that in the recipe below.

Add avocado, blue cheese or gorgonzola crumbles and hard boiled eggs.  If you’re interested in a method for making perfect hard-boiled eggs, I also included that tidbit in the recipe below.  Serve the salad with blue cheese dressing on the side (or balsamic vinaigrette).

This recipe makes two very generous main dish servings.  It’s likely to fill up even the grumpiest of family members who may lean toward griping about “salad for dinner.”  But if you’re concerned about the possibility of rolled eyes and complaints of an empty stomach, serve it up with a couple of hunks of French or sourdough bread too.

My husband ACTUALLY liked this salad for his “dinner.”  And it was served with no complaints or grumbling whatsoever.  Mission accompli!

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Classic Cobb Salad

Yield: 2 main dish salads (generous servings) or 4 to 6 side salads

Prep Time: 25 min


5 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
5 cups red or green leaf lettuce, chopped
1 cup chopped, cooked ham
1 cup chopped, cooked chicken
2/3 cup blue cheese or gorgonzola crumbles
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped


1. For pretty presentation, mix lettuces and divide them between two large plates or bowls. Layer the remaining ingredients into rows, dividing between the two plates. Serve with (classic) blue cheese dressing on the side. I like this balsamic dressing too.


*See recipe for Homemade Blue Cheese Salad Dressing here.

*To make perfect hard-boiled eggs: Fill a medium saucepan 3/4 full of water. Carefully drop eggs inside. Bring to a boil. Place the lid on top and turn off the burner. Let the eggs sit in the covered pot for 15 minutes, then rinse and let them cool before peeling and slicing.
*For easy clean-up, cook your bacon in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400[dg]F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. Lay the bacon slices on the rack. Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. Timing will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon.


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28 Responses to “Classic Cobb Salad”

  1. 1

    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 6, 2012 @ 6:11 AM

    Cobb Salad is one of my favorite dinners. Yes, I just admitted I like salad.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 6, 2012 @ 6:37 AM

    There’s a reason why I love the classics — this looks amazing!!! (And I have that plate too!) ;)

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    Suzanne — August 6, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    Yum this salad looks perfect for a hot Summer day when cooking isn’t on my list of things to do. Thanks for the blue-cheese dressing recipe too!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 6, 2012 @ 7:06 AM

    Sooo-oooo-ooooo in lurve.

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    Madeleine — August 6, 2012 @ 7:19 AM

    Yum, I love salad too! This one looks perfect.

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    Eliana — August 6, 2012 @ 8:21 AM

    Hearty salads are the best! And this one looks perfect.

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    Anneber — August 6, 2012 @ 8:21 AM

    Oh my gosh…this is a beautiful salad! And the dressing looks delicious. Adding to my recipe box immediately!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 6, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

    Sign me UP! I love a good salad and this is just the ticket!

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    EatLiveRun — August 6, 2012 @ 11:02 AM

    Yum! this looks so good and refreshing…perfect August salad!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 6, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

    I love cobb salads, I make them all the time for lunch!

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    Lauren — August 6, 2012 @ 12:55 PM

    I want this for lunch! Looks so good, Lori!

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    Andreja — August 6, 2012 @ 4:05 PM

    It looks great

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 6, 2012 @ 6:07 PM

    This looks awesome! I’d definitely eat it for dinner :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 6, 2012 @ 8:31 PM

    I have no problem eating a salad for dinner, especially when it’s packed like this one here!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 7, 2012 @ 3:15 AM

    Gorgeous salad! Love the pictures of seeing it all come together! I’m going to check out your blue cheese dressing. Have a great day!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 7, 2012 @ 6:08 AM

    Cobb Salad is just one of those classics that never, ever goes out of fashion. I often enjoy a smaller version for lunch.

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    Kristen — August 7, 2012 @ 6:21 AM

    I love big, hearty salads like this for dinner. Looks amazing, Lori!
    So glad you all made it home safely. Hopefully you are getting settled back in ok!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — August 7, 2012 @ 8:43 AM

    Yum, such a hearty, delicious, fresh salad, with so many good things, bacon being the best! By the way, I made ypur cookie dough brownies, and they were amazing, and the cookie dough is not grainy, its outstanding, I just doubled the cookie dough layer, and consider this the best decision ever!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 7, 2012 @ 9:15 AM

    That looks amazingly fresh! And I love the homemade dressing too. I am in need of some of this! I will be making it soon :)

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 7, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

    Cobb salad has a special place in my heart. As does homemade blue cheese dressing. And basically everything about this post and recipe. Thank you!

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    The Hungry Housewife — August 7, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

    gotta love a good cobb salad!!!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 7, 2012 @ 11:52 PM

    Cobb is a great salad and I’d like to nominate you for an Oscar for the most perfect boiled eggs evahhh!!!

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    kelley — August 8, 2012 @ 2:58 PM

    So gorgeous! I would happily gobble this up for lunch or dinner. I mean it has bacon after all. :)

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    RecipeGirl's Mom — August 9, 2012 @ 8:33 AM

    This looks so good I wish I could make it right now….for breakfast!

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    Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden — August 10, 2012 @ 11:57 PM

    I’ve been thinking about changing my daily dinner routine and this salad looks like great idea to make some changes. Really nice!

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    Judy — August 12, 2012 @ 3:51 PM

    This looks delicious!

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    Sarah Robinson — March 9, 2014 @ 9:54 AM

    This looks like a lot of calories though , won’t one or 2 meats do?

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    Lori Lange — March 10, 2014 @ 5:56 AM

    Sure- this is a classic cobb, so all are included here.