Cobb Salad
Main Course,  Poultry,  Salads & Side Dishes

The Classic Cobb Salad

The Classic Cobb Salad from Lemony Thyme

The Classic Cobb Salad.

The quintessential Eat Out of the Fridge/Pantry recipe just might be The Cobb Salad.  After all, as the story goes, that’s exactly how this world-famous salad came to be back in 1934.  Bob Cobb, owner of the legendary Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, got a midnight hankering for something to eat.  Midnight snacks can be some of the best meals.  Anyway, he went pilfering through his restaurant’s industrial sized refrigerator pulling out a variety of leftover ingredients (hard-boiled eggs, lettuce, avocado, tomato, cooked chicken, blue cheese…) and proceeded to chop them into a massive salad.  He snagged a few slices of crispy bacon from a line-cook on his way out.  The Cobb Salad literally became an overnight sensation.

I’ll present it to you like I did earlier tonight.

How about a salad for dinner?  A great big Cobb Salad.  A bed of crisp iceberg & romaine lettuce topped with rows of juicy herb grilled chicken, perfectly cooked chopped hard-boiled eggs, diced creamy ripe avocado, thinly sliced scallions, blue cheese crumbles, diced garden tomatoes, and deliciously crispy crumbled bacon.

Or if you prefer we could have….  I was interrupted, “No! Nope. No need for more options, you had me at great big.”  Do I know how to sell a salad or what?! :)

Cobb Salad

The classic Cobb Salad Dressing is a Red Wine Vinaigrette.  However, when your recipe calls for cooked bacon, a Warm Bacon Dressing is just minutes away from FABULOUS.  You choose.

Remember this acronym when thinking of this fabulous salad:

EAT COBBEggs, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, Blue Cheese.

And make no mistake about it.  This Cobb ‘Salad’ is a meal.  The perfect summertime supper.  Preparing ingredients ahead of time, will make this salad the best thing you’ve come home to in a long time.  Just wait to dice eggs and avocado until just before serving.  Enjoy.

Cobb Salad
Cobb Salad

The Classic Cobb Salad

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Entree, Salad
Servings 4


  • 6 strips bacon cooked until crispy
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast cubed
  • 3 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 med. tomatoes diced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 4 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles


  • Spread chopped lettuces on a large platter. Top with rows of remaining ingredients.
  • Serve with favorite dressing.
Cobb Salad


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