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Cobb Salad

Total Time

Prep: 40 min.


6 servings (1-1/4 cups dressing)

Updated: Jan. 12, 2023
Made on the fly by Hollywood restaurateur Bob Cobb in 1937, the Cobb salad is a world-famous American dish. Here's a fresh take, with all the original appeal and an extra special presentation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Cobb Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 6-1/2 cups torn romaine
  • 2-1/2 cups torn curly endive
  • 1 bunch watercress (4 ounces), trimmed, divided
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue or Roquefort cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives


  1. In a blender, combine the first 8 ingredients. While processing, gradually add canola and olive oils in a steady stream.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, endive and half of the watercress; toss lightly. Transfer to a serving platter. Arrange the chicken, tomatoes, avocado, eggs, cheese and bacon over the greens; sprinkle with chives. Top with remaining watercress. Cover and chill until serving.
  3. To serve, drizzle 1 cup dressing over salad. Serve with remaining dressing if desired.
Cobb Salad Tips

How should you cook the chicken for Cobb salad?

Any method of cooking chicken, including poaching, roasting or grilling, would work for this salad recipe.

Can you make Cobb salad ahead of time?

For best results, assemble the salad just before serving. Much of the prep, though, such as cooking the eggs and chicken, and chopping the vegetables, could be done in advance. Main-dish salads are good and good for you—dig in to these 75 healthy recipes.

What can you serve with Cobb salad?

You can never go wrong with an easy homemade bread. Or pick your favorite restaurant copycat soup to serve alongside.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 575 calories, 52g fat (8g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 1171mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein.

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