When it comes to salads, I just love getting creative. I mean who wants to settle for the same Chicken Cobb salad everyone else makes? If you are ready for a truly spectacular salad, then check out my Chicken Cobb with Green Goddess dressing. It will become your new go-to salad.Jump to Recipe
Spring is the unofficial start of salad season. The days are getting warmer and longer. We begin to crave lighter types of meals like salads.
What makes this salad so good?
- It has an amazing green goddess dressing that is gluten, soy, and dairy free.
- A mix of greens with kale and romaine give it that crunch factor.
- It is full of creamy, chunks of avocado.
- Every bite is full of colorful veggies.
- Thanks to bacon, you find some crispy and crunchy bits.
Chicken Cobb Salad is a healthier choice
With the lean protein of chicken, healthy fats from avocado, and vitamin-packed kale, this Chicken Cobb is lighter and healthy. And now is the time to start thinking about swim suit season.
How to cook tender chicken breasts
To make this Chicken Cobb really easy, use a rotisserie chicken. Remove the chicken breasts and shred or dice them.
I like to prepare a whole batch of chicken at once, as part of meal prep. By baking several chicken breasts together, you’ll have the makings for a few meals like Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Dumplings, or Chicken Pot Pie.
Bake for 30-45 minutes. Check the internal temperature of the chicken after 30 minutes. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165º. Once the chicken is cooled, shred into bite sized pieces.
Another option is to cook the chicken in an Instant Pot. You can learn how here Chicken Chile Verde. Just substitute a cup of chicken broth for the salsa and follow the directions in the recipe.
Steps to making Chicken Cobb Salad
A mixture of greens, here I use kale and romaine, gives this salad a trademark crispness. Strip the leafy kale from the stems and slice into ribbons. Tear the romaine leaves into bite sized pieces.
Use a shallow salad bowl for the best presentation. Place the greens in the bowl pushing them towards the sides to leave space for the chicken.
Then add in the chicken in the center, leaving greens showing along the sides. Place the avocado cubes among the chicken.
On one side of the chicken, add the corn. On the other side, the bacon. Then, drizzle the dressing over the salad.
What a stunning presentation this Chicken Cobb makes! So, let’s make one.
Chicken Cobb Recipe
Chicken Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
This is no ordinary chicken cobb salad. It is simply amazing, and the salad and dressing are both gluten, soy, and dairy free.
- 3 cups Lacinato kale, stems removed and ribboned (one bunch)
- 2 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped or torn
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 cup fresh corn or frozen corn, dethawed
- 3 cups chicken breast, cubed or shredded *see notes for chicken prep*
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and sliced or crumbled
Green Goddess Dressing
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley (or 2 Tbsp dried parsley)
- 2 tsp dried tarragon
- 1 Tbsp fresh chives (1 tsp dried)
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (approx 1/2 large lemon)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use avocado oil mayonnaise)
- 1/4 cup coconut cream (can substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt)
Toss the kale and romaine with 1/3 cup of the dressing, until lightly coated. Add to salad bowl, pressing the greens towards the sides of the bowl.
Add chicken to the center of the bowl. Spread out the avocado cubes on top. Put the corn on one side of the salad. Add the bacon to the other side.
Prepare the dressing. Add dressing ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Drizzle the dressing over the salad
To prepare the chicken:
Preheat your oven to 375º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the chicken breasts to the sheet, and brush with olive oil. Then, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Check the internal temperature of the chicken after 30 minutes. The chicken is done when it reaches an internet temperature of 165º. Once the chicken is cooled, shred into bite sized pieces.
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