Dive into this deliciously satisfying, high-protein and high-fibre Healthy Cobb Salad recipe. Crisp romaine lettuce is topped with juice tomatoes, buttery avocado, sliced red onion, and the Cobb salad classics: hard-boiled egg, tender chicken breast, and blue cheese. Bacon is swapped out for crunchy BBQ roasted chickpeas for a nutrition boost and it’s all drizzled with a creamy Greek-yogurt based Blue Cheese Dressing.

bowl of cobb salad dressed with blue cheese dressing

Goodbye, sucky salads. Hello, fresh, flavourful, FUN salads!

Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it needs to be bland, boring, or not very enjoyable to eat. My mission as a Registered Dietitian and healthy recipe developer is demonstrate the opposite.

This is why I’ve been creating a series of healthy AND satisfying salad recipes (alongside healthy dressing recipes) for you to enjoy.

So far, I’ve shared salad recipes like Healthy Southwest Chicken Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing which is full of texture and a little kick. There’s also my Crispy Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch which is one of my personal favourites. It will remind you of a loaded restaurant salad!

And now, we’re adding a dietitian’s nutritious twist to a classic Cobb Salad.

overhead image of a cobb salad drizzled with blue cheese dressing

What Makes a Cobb Salad Anyways?

If you’re not familiar with Cobb salad, it’s a type of American garden salad. Typically, the ingredients include chopped greens like lettuce, fresh tomato, avocado, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, chicken breast, and blue cheese. Often times the ingredients are arranged in rows on top of the bed of greens.

As for the dressing, many Cobb salads are served with either a red wine vinaigrette, a honey-mustard style dressing, or a creamy blue cheese salad dressing. Personally, I love blue cheese so I went with crumbled blue cheese on top of my salad and a Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing.

Are Cobb Salads Healthy?

I think that Cobb salads have a bit of a controversial reputation. Some might say that a salad loaded with eggs, chicken, bacon, and cheese is too high in calories and saturated fat to be considered healthy. Others who follow a low-carb, higher protein and higher fat diet would consider a Cobb salad a great choice.

And this is why as a dietitian, I’m frequently reminding my online community about the nuances that exist in nutrition and how ‘healthy’ is often a fairly subjective term. What is healthy for one individual may not be the healthiest choice for another.

That all being said, despite being a generally higher calorie salad, Cobb salads are full of beneficial nutrients, filling protein, and fats to keep you satiated. This Cobb salad recipe in particular has a more nutritious twist!

I’ve loaded it up with veggies, used only one hard-boiled egg per serving (we definitely get plenty of protein with this, the chicken, and the chickpeas), and swapped out bacon for BBQ roasted chickpeas.

healthy cobb salad ingredients measured out into bowls

Ways to Make it:

There are a variety of ways that this Cobb salad recipe can come together for you. Here are some options:

  • Hard-boiled egg: Purchase pre-packaged hard-boiled eggs and use one of these, or hard-boil an egg on your own at home. I make mine by covering the egg with water in a pot, bringing it to a boil, and then continuing to boil it for 7 minutes. Then I just peel it and slice.
  • Cooked chicken breast: Again, you can purchase pre-cooked chicken breast (sliced or shredded), or even use the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken. I just bake my chicken breast at home in a baking dish at 425F for 20-25 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Before baking, I rub it with some olive oil and season with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Blue cheese crumbles: Buy a package of crumbled blue cheese, or use a block of blue cheese and crumble it yourself!
  • BBQ roasted chickpeas: I take the easy route on this one and use packaged roasted and flavoured chickpeas in BBQ flavour. Feel free to use another flavour if you prefer, or roast them yourself.

The Healthy Cobb Salad Dressing:

If you’re a blue cheese lover like me, you’ll love the Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing with Greek Yogurt that I created just for this Cobb salad recipe.

To make this healthy Cobb salad dressing, you just blend plain greek yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, blue cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, dried chives, and salt and pepper in a small blender or food processor.

Substitution Suggestions:

Here are some adjustments and/or swaps you can make according to your personal preferences:

  • Use another dressing! You can skip the homemade dressing and use store-bought if this is easier for you. If you don’t love blue cheese dressing, you can use another dressing like honey mustard or red wine vinaigrette.
  • Use a different cheese. Again, if blue cheese isn’t your thing, swap it out for a shredded cheddar or marble cheese instead. Goat cheese or feta would also be an interesting addition!
  • Stick with bacon. If you prefer to go the traditional route and add bacon to your Cobb salad, that’s fine by me! Swap out the roasted chickpeas for chopped cooked bacon and enjoy.
  • Mix up the veg! Use a mix of spinach or other leafy greens. Add chopped cucumber! Instead of red onion, use chopped green onion. The world is your oyster so add whatever veggies sound best to you.
bowl of cobb salad dressed with blue cheese dressing

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bowl of cobb salad dressed with blue cheese dressing

Fresh & Healthy Cobb Salad with Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

Dive into this deliciously satisfying, high-protein and high-fibre Healthy Cobb Salad recipe. Crisp romaine lettuce is topped with juice tomatoes, buttery avocado, sliced red onion, and the Cobb salad classics: hard-boiled egg, tender chicken breast, and blue cheese. Bacon is swapped out for crunchy BBQ roasted chickpeas for a nutrition boost and it's all drizzled with a creamy Greek-yogurt based Blue Cheese Dressing.
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Ingredients

For the Healthy Cobb Salad:

  • 2 1/2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 medium avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large hard-boiled egg, sliced
  • 4 ounces chicken breast, seasoned and cooked how you like, then sliced or chopped
  • 1/4 cup BBQ roasted chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing:

Instructions 

  • Create a bed of the chopped romaine lettuce in a large salad bowl, then top it with the remaining Cobb Salad ingredients.
    large bowl of undressed cobb salad
  • Make a batch of the 5-minute Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing in a blender or food processor.
    blended blue cheese dressing in a mini food processor
  • Top the salad with 2-3 tbsp of Blue Cheese Dressing (or add more/less to your preference) and serve.
    large bowl of cobb salad drizzled with a greek yogurt-based blue cheese dressing
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