Nothin’ new & creative this time, folks… just my version of a classic entree salad. If prepared with a high ratio of fresh produce and lean protein to flavorful but high fat extras, a cobb salad can be a healthy and filling meal. In other words, mound your plate high with plenty of crisp romaine lettuce, sweet grape tomatoes and juicy poached chicken, and top it with a modest serving of creamy avocado, tender hard-boiled egg, a bit of crisp drained bacon if desired, and a lightened homemade blue cheese buttermilk dressing.
There’s so much to love in a cobb salad: the variety of flavors and textures, the spectrum of vibrant colors, and of course the plethora of nutrients from so many fresh & healthy ingredients.
|Chicken Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing|
|Name||Chicken Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing|
|Prep Time||20 minutes|
|Cooking Time||15 minutes|
|Total Time||35 minutes|
|Yield||1 salad per serving|
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 cups mixed salad greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup cucumber, sliced
- 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup boiled eggs, sliced
- 1 cup crispy bacon, crumbled
- 1 avocado, diced
- ½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup green onions, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Prepare the Chicken
a. Preheat the grill or a stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat. b. Season the chicken breasts with salt, black pepper, and olive oil. c. Grill the chicken breasts for about 6-7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. Allow them to rest for a few minutes, then slice into strips.
Make the Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing
a. In a medium bowl, combine crumbled blue cheese, buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. b. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Assemble the Salad
a. In a large salad bowl, arrange the mixed greens as the base. b. Arrange the grilled chicken strips, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, boiled eggs, crispy bacon, avocado, and blue cheese crumbles over the greens in neat sections. c. Drizzle the prepared Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing over the salad.
Garnish and Serve
a. Sprinkle chopped green onions and fresh parsley over the salad for a burst of color and flavor. b. Toss the salad gently just before serving to mix the flavors and dressing evenly. c. Serve immediately and enjoy this delightful Chicken Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing!
Estimated Nutrition Per Serving:
- Calories: 550 kcal
- Protein: 32g
- Carbohydrates: 17g
- Fat: 40g
- Fiber: 6g
- Sugar: 6g
- Sodium: 1200mg
Please note that the nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. Always refer to the actual product packaging or consult a nutritionist for precise nutritional information.
Another great characteristic of this salad is that it is easily customizable to suit each individuals’ preferences. For instance, John can’t stand hard-boiled eggs and I’m not a big bacon fan, so I only used 1 egg and 2 slices of bacon in total when I prepared this salad. As the recipe is written, there are enough eggs and bacon for both servings, but you can certainly change the amounts according to what you and your dining partner prefer.
Chicken Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing
- 4-6 cups chopped romaine lettuce or mixed greens, preferably organic
- 1 large cooked organic chicken breast, (I poached my chicken)*, cooled, and chopped
- 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, preferably organic
- 1/2 large avocado, diced
- 2 peeled & chopped hard-boiled eggs**
- 4 slices cooked & drained center-cut bacon, chopped
- Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing***
Directions for the salad:
- Lay chopped lettuce out onto two plates.
- In side-by-side rows, divide the chicken, tomatoes, avocado, eggs, and bacon evenly between the two beds of lettuce.
- Either drizzle dressing over the top, or serve alongside the salad.
*Directions for the poached chicken:
- Bring a small pot of cold water to a boil over high heat. Slide chicken into the hot water, reduce heat to low, and cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of chicken breast.
- Remove cooked chicken breast from water, let cool a few minutes, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Chill until ready to use.
**Directions for the hard-boiled eggs:
- Place eggs into a small pot and completely cover eggs with cold water. Bring water to a boil over high heat.
- As soon as water comes to a rolling boil, cover pot tightly and remove from heat. Let eggs sit in hot water, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Drain hot water from pot and gently shake to lightly crack the shells. Cover cooked eggs with cold water and let sit until cool, a few minutes.
- Dry eggs, peel, and refrigerate until ready to use.
***Ingredients & Directions for Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing:
yields about 1 1/2 cups, more than you will need for the Chicken Cobb Salad
- 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 3/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 3/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese
- Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, yogurt, and vinegar until smooth.
- Stir in the crumbled blue cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Keep leftover dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.