Cobb salad is an American Classic salad that’s easy to make and is rich in proteins, meats, vegetables and healthy fats. Cobb salad is like no other salad you have tried it’s a salad that’s a complete meal and not just a side dish.
A serving of this heathy keto Cobb salad is so filling and be enjoyed with a cream based salad dressing or a vinaigrette dressing. I used Balsamic vinaigrette for this keto Cobb salad recipes and it was delish.
Cobb salad has a lot going on, the mix of flavors is the reason everyone should try it at least once. I dare you to stop at one try.
With the savory crispy bacon, juicy chicken breasts, creamy avocados slices, juicy tomatoes trust you are going to be hooked.
The good news is that it’s super easy to make and I am here to shoe you how. By the time we are done, you will have the easiest and tastiest Keto Cobb Salad Recipe under your belt.
Before that, let’s delve into a little bit of history. What is Cobb Salad? Where did it come from.
Origin of Cobb Salad
There are many versions as to how Cobb Salad came to be. Some say Cobb Salad was created in 1937 by Chef Paul J. Posti in the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant for Robert H. Cobb the owner.
Another version was that Robert Cobb created the recipe himself one night when he was very hungry. Whichever it is, thanks to them we have an amazing salad to enjoy.
Is Cobb Salad Keto, is it healthy?
This salad is a balanced meal. It has green veggies, bacon, hard boiled eggs, avocado, chicken, tomatoes, onions and blue cheese.
With the aforementioned ingredients, we can see that Cobb salad is healthy, keto friendly, and low carb. But wait!
If you are on a strict keto diet We have to be a bit more careful with the quantity of certain ingredients in the salad so that we don’t go over our daily carb limit if you are strict keto make Cobb salad with variations like less tomatoes and less or onions
What is the Difference between a Cobb Salad and a Chef Salad?
Sometimes people tend to confuse Cobb Salad an a Chef salad (I used to) because they are similar with almost the same ingredients. But here is the difference.
I googled my eyes out literally 😂. These two salads are American Classics and are very filling. Both Salads have greens ( a mix of two types of green or a single green, think ice berg lettuce and Romaine lettuce.)
Both also have a mix of meats but the meats in a Chef salads are usually deli like cuts of meat like ham and turkey breast slices. Chef salad and Cobb salad also contain tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and some kind of cheese.
Have you ever boiled eggs in your instant pot? The instant pot makes the best easy peel eggs.
From my research, it appears that the major difference is avocado and type of Cheese. There is no avocado in Chef salad. Crumbled blue cheese is used in Cobb salad, while cubed or sliced cheddar cheese is used in Chef salad.
Ingredients needed for this easy Cobb salad recipe
This is an overview of the recipe. Full recipe with ingredients quantity and instructions
- Romain or Iceberg lettuce
- Hard Boiled eggs
- Chicken breast
- Crumbled blue cheese
How to make Keto Cobb salad
Prepare your meats and it’s easy peasy chop, mix and toss. For chicken breast, you can either use the breasts from a store bought rotisserie chicken or you cook yours.
Cook the bacon slices on the stove top, in the oven, or in the air fryer and chop it up. Alternatively you can use crumbled bacon.
Wash and chop other salad ingredients, make sure to use a salad spinner* to dry your lettuce so that it doesn’t leave extra water in your salad then layer all ingredients toss and enjoy.
If you don’t have a salad spinner, you can leave the lettuce for about 20mins in a colander lined with paper towel to dry it up. You can change the paper towel if it’s too wet.
Original Cobb Salad dressing VS best Keto dressing for Cobb salad
What is Cobb salad dressing? This is simply the dressing used for your Cobb salad. The original Cobb salad dressing was mayonnaise based but it’s up to you to use any keto friendly/ sugar free dressing you love to use on salads.
You can use the dressing I used in my healthy low carb coleslaw recipe, you can use a ranch based dressing or a vinaigrette based one like I did here.
Whatever keto friendly dressing that works for you would definitely be the best for your salad. If you love creamy dressing, definitely go for it. If vinaigrette is your fave go ahead and enjoy your Cobb salad.
How to tell if an avocado is ripe and ready.
The avocado in this recipe adds great flavor to the salad therefore choosing the right avocado matters. To know if your avocado is ripe and ready for use, look at the color, if it’s green and firm, it probably isn’t ready. If it’s brown and too soft, it’s probably overripe and might have brown spots all over.
If it’s brown or darker green and a little soft to touch, it’s just right and ready.
How to cut an avocado.
There is a method to cut avocado right.
- First with a sharp knife, cut the avocado lengthwise till you hit the pit.
- Rotate the avocado while the knife is steady to make a cut all round the pit until you get to where you made the first cut.
- Twist and separate the two halves.
- Hit the pit with the sharp edge of the knife, twist and remove pit.
- Score the avocado flesh and gently scoop out to make your Cobb salad.
Make ahead instructions for keto Cobb Salad.
Cobb salad is best eaten fresh but you can prep the salad ingredients up to 3 days ahead, except the avocado. Put them in separate bowls that are tightly covered.
Mix the ingredients together on the day you would serve it. Add the avocado slices and dressing just before serving, toss and serve immediately.
How to store Cobb salad
Keto Cobb salad is best served fresh. If for any reason you can’t follow the make ahead instruction above, a mixed salad without the dressing can stay fresh for a day in the refrigerator I won’t recommend keeping it for longer than that.
Also don’t cut the avocado until you are ready to serve. If you do, the avocado will begin to discolor and won’t look appetizing when you serve your salad.
Love salads? I’ve got more low carb salad recipes with the most amazing keto dressings, Check them out.
- Keto Cucumber Salad
- Low carb Coleslaw
- Keto Cucumber tomato salad
- Keto Chef Salad
Hope you get to try this keto Cobb salad recipe and that you get to enjoy it with your family and friends all year round.
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Keto Cobb Salad.
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil or avocado oil
- ⅛ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 medium head Romaine lettuce
- 6 slices of bacon cooked and chopped or ¾ cup crumbled bacon
- 2 cooked chicken breasts you can use rotisserie chicken as well.
- 3 hard boiled eggs
- ½ medium sized red onions
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 avocado cubed.
- ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
- Make the dressing Pour all dressing ingredients into a mason jar, shake to combine then set aside to prepare salad .
- Layer the salads or place ingredients side by side in this order some lettuce, some bacon, some boiled eggs, some cherry tomatoes, some cooked chicken, some onions, some avocado cubes and some blue cheese.
- Repeat process till all ingredients are used up.
- Cobb salad is best eaten fresh but if need to make this ahead, prepare the ingredients and store in separate bowls in the refrigerator. Prepare the dressing and refrigerate. Layer salad ingredients on day you need to eat it. Mix in the dressing just before serving.
- With this salad can be made up to 2 days ahead
To a healthy life,
This is the BEST salad. So refreshing!
This salad looks so delicious and perfect for summer!
This salad recipe looks so filling and delicious! Will give this hearty meal a try!
Thank you for your kind words. Hope you give it a try. Enjoy!