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The Ultimate Classic Cobb Salad

This classic Cobb salad recipe doesn’t use any fancy ingredients, but the combination is unbeatable. If you prep hard boiled eggs and cook the chicken in advance, it comes together very quickly for a fast lunch or weeknight dinner.

best classic cobb salad recipe

At work today, I listened to a webinar from a former FBI undercover agent who recruited former spies, no big deal. The topic was developing mental toughness and staying focused when you feel overwhelmed. I dialed in because I wanted to learn how to not cry at work when I’m overwhelmed, my go-to reaction, which I HATE and can’t stop, despite 10 years in Corporate America where that’s not really the best reaction. She didn’t tell us how to not cry at work (not that it was teed up that way anyway, but I was hoping! 😉 ), but she did talk about placing a higher value on your contributions  and removing negative self-talk where we limit ourselves and what we bring to the table.

So how does that relate to a Cobb salad, other than the fact that it’s what I brought to the dinner table most recently?

Here’s how: I often post pictures of my meals on Instagram, but I rarely blog the recipes. I think Oh, well it was just something I threw together. Or, It’s not really a recipe. Or, Someone else has blogged something sort of similar and they take better pictures anyway. But last night, I posted a picture of this salad with dim lighting and it was kind of out of focus and multiple people commented, asking for the recipe. And today, when the former FBI agent talked about valuing what I bring to the table, I thought about this Cobb salad and that I should place more value on what I can bring to the table (literally at home and figuratively at work), and what bring to the blog, and ultimately bring to you, my fine readers.

I hope you enjoy the recipe, but I also hope you know how much you make me feel valued, as a blogger. I can’t tell you how much it means that you visit my blog (many of you for YEARS), that you leave comments, that you share my recipes, that you make my recipes and let me know you loved somethings, and when you tag me in an Instagram picture showing a recipe of mine that you made, my heart explodes a little bit with glee. Thank you, my reader, for making blogging even more fun. You’re my favorite part. Now on to the salad! An onto greater feats at work sans tears! 🙂

The Ultimate Classic Cobb Salad

Serves 2

You can easily double this or save the leftovers for the next day’s lunch, leaving the dressing off. And if you’re extra hungry, add an extra egg! 

  • 4-5 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 stalk green onion, thinly sliced (white part + a little of the green part)
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts
  • 2-4 pieces thick bacon lardons, cooked until crisp
  • Cheese (blue cheese, feta, or goat cheddar are great!)
  • Favorite dressing + salt & pepper to serve
  1. Just assemble it in two bowls, dividing the ingredients evenly.
    • I put the romaine in first and then group the toppings in sections (eggs on one side, tomatoes on another, etc.), but you could evenly spread everything over the romaine too. I don’t know why I like it grouped together, but I do.
  2. Drizzle dressing over the top and dig in with a fork and knife. Cutting it all up helps spread the dressing.

best classic cobb salad recipe

Recipe Notes:

  • I buy the 5 pack of romaine hearts from Costco and use one heart for this. They’re super easy to chop into strips and then wash in a salad spinner.
  • I use a vegetable peeler to create thin slices of carrots. If you have a mandolin, that’d work great too. I’m too uncoordinated and fear I’d lose a fingertip if I bought one.
  • I bought a slab of thick bacon at the farmer’s market, and I LOVE the bacon lardon style in this. Plus, it was super cheap! If you use regular bacon, I’d recommend upping the # of slices.
  • I like an herb vinaigrette or honey mustard on this. Tommy goes for a poppyseed dressing.

best classic cobb salad recipe


best classic cobb salad recipe

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  • Kelly

    That looks delicious! Cobb salad is one of my favorites, I love the idea of using the bacon lardons instead of just regular bacon. Don’t you think cobb salad MUST have avocado on it? Whenever I order it in a restaurant and it doesn’t have avocado I’m so disappointed.

    I do cry when I’m stressed. I know “There’s no crying at work!!”, but when I’ve gotten really desperate, I go out to my car.

  • Katie

    Hi Teri – You’ve taught me a super trick with this post! I never thought of chopping the romaine before adding it to the salad spinner! I’m always washing the full leaves in the spinner and then wrapping them in a towel to dry them and it takes so long. Love your way so much better, Thank you!!

  • Rae

    I’m glad to hear others cry when frustrated – I know I do!

    Love the salad recipe. I forget how good something simple usually is — thanks for the reminder.

  • Sassypants

    So glad to hear I’m not the only crier in the bunch,and honestly, I think Corporate America could use a little emotion every now and then. That salad looks amazing!

  • JC

    So glad to read that I’m not the only one who cries when I’m overwhelmed or stressed. I HATE that I do it at work…if you find any advice on how to stop, lemme know!!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      If I’m in a spot where I can take a break, I get outside for a walk as soon as I can. The fresh air helps. If it’s in the moment, I take a deep breath and try to distract myself with something not worth related at all – usually a quick look at Nordstrom.com or RunnersWorld.com helps. ha!

  • Katie

    Thanks for sharing with Us <3 <3

  • Courtney

    I never had too much trouble with crying at work (I think it was just too fast-paced and I was always in front of customers!) but whenever Brent and I get in a fight I tend to cry or at least tear up and he thinks it so unfair! Haha. He’s like how can I keep arguing with you when you’re crying?? 😉

  • Trisha

    YES. To Cobb salad and to crying when stressed. And happy and angry and sad and every other emotion out there. It us my body’s natural response to cry when overwhelmed by anything. I’ve learned to accept that’s who I am. I’ve stayed out of “corporate” jobs for the most part but when I quit the one I had (and hated), you better believe I cried my way through giving my manager notice. 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      haha I’ve totally cried when giving notice at a job before! And yes, I cry at everything too! Have you seen that Wrigley’s gum commercial? I cry EVERY time.

  • Rachel

    I cry so easily! When I’m sad, frustrated, overwhelmed… Glad to hear others have the same issue. Luckily at work there are one-person bathrooms so I can compose myself in peace.

    This salad looks great! I have to say, I’m very impressed that you keep up with the blog and a full time job – and I have to give you props for providing unique content in your newsletters, rather than copying and pasting your posts. I really look forward to reading them!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      Thanks for your sweet words Rachel! I often feel like I’m not doing a very good job with the blog trying to balance it with everything else, but I just try to do my best. And I’m so happy you like the newsletters! I HATE newsletters that are the same content as blog posts so I definitely won’t ever do that. 🙂 If there is anything else you’d like to see in the newsletters, let me know!

  • tami

    can you post a link to the webinar that you watched.

  • Kristen

    I am such a crier! Fortunately I always had private offices so I could shut the door and cry solo.
    Now I work from home so no more worries about it.