This kosher easy cobb salad with chicken recipe is satisfying enough to eat as a meal but can also work as a side dish. This is a kosher version of the original Cobb salad recipe that is sure to please salad lovers and meat lovers alike. If you want to know how to make the best Cobb salad then read on. This recipe is kosher, gluten free, and dairy free.
What Is A Cobb Salad?
What an odd name for a salad...yet we all know what it refers to. A traditional Cobb salad is usually known for having lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon (or in this case beef fry), eggs, and chicken. The Cobb salad origin is said to be traced to Robert Howard Cobb who owned the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, CA. As legend goes, the salad was composed by Cobb after closing one night when he took a bunch of leftover ingredients and threw them together to make a salad...and now we have this great salad and Cobb salad dressing!
Cobb Salad Ingredients
These are the ingredients you will need to make an easy Cobb salad with chicken:
- Lettuce - we like romaine but feel free to use your favorite
- Tomatoes - grape or Roma
- Avocado - not negotiable, any Yay Kosher recipe that can have avocado will have avocado
- Red onion
- Hard boiled eggs - tons of protein
- Beef fry - crispy, smoky, delicious
- Chicken breast - full of protein and really makes this salad into a meal
- Traditional Cobb salad dressing (see recipe below for the ingredients)
I think that the best thing to remember is that moderation is key with any salad. Cobb salads contain a lot of healthy vegetables as ingredients such as tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado. But, there are also some ingredients that can be considered unhealthy in large quantities...I'm looking at you bacon (or in this case beef fry) and salad dressing. Small quantities of these ingredients will keep your kosher Cobb salads on the healthier side but loading them on will tilt the scales, literally.
Generally, the more fat and sugar a salad dressing has in it the worse it will be for you. Anything that is heavily mayonnaise or cream based like ranch or bleu cheese is going to be more unhealthy. This is not to say that you should avoid these salad dressings, just eat them in moderation.
Dressings with a low fat and sugar content are going to be on the healthier side of salad dressings. Vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette is usually highlighted as one of the healthier options. Technically, olive oil also has a high fat content so if this is something that you are concerned about then just be conscious of that.
Salads like this easy cobb salad with chicken are loaded with vitamins and nutrients and are also relatively low in fat and sugar. I would imagine that if you ate this salad every day then you would have a very healthy diet and also have lots of energy. That being said, I am not a nutritionist and have never tried it. Please let us know if you do this by leaving a comment in the comments section below.
There are many similarities between the two salads but the Cobb salad is more of a set recipe while the Chef's salad can be made with a whole range of ingredients. A Chef's salad can use a variety of different meats and cheeses while the Cobb salad traditionally uses bacon, chicken, avocado, and tomato.
You can, but be careful. You want to keep your lettuce and beef fry crispy and you have some ingredients that tend to make the salad soggy if they sit too long. The best way to prepare this salad in advance is to portion out the lettuce in the bowl you want to use for serving. Then, portion the other ingredients out into their own separate bags so that the wetter ingredients stay separate. Also, do not dress the salad until right before you serve it. When you do assemble the salad, make sure to spend a few minutes arranging the ingredients like they look in the pictures from this post. Remember, part of the appeal of a Cobb salad is the appearance.
We think that this recipe is the best Cobb salad recipe you will find but there are some variations you can try:
Vegetarian Cobb salad - substitute the chicken breast and beef fry with soy chicken and veggie bacon. I have to admit this is almost as good as the real thing. Great option for vegetarians, vegans, or if you are looking to keep the salad meat free or pareve.
Cobb salad with salami or pastrami - if you do not have any beef fry on hand you can also try a Cobb salad using the same recipe but instead of beef fry you can fry the salami or pastrami until it is crispy.
Tuna Cobb salad - for the pescatarians, this salad is excellent with tuna. Take out the chicken and beef fry and substitute in canned (or fresh seared) tuna. The salad still needs something crispy to bring it together so you can try some apple slices or crispy fried onions.
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Easy Cobb Salad with Chicken
- frying pan
- salad bowl
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- blender or food processor
- 2 heads lettuce romaine
- ¼ onion red
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 pint tomato halved
- 1 avocado cubed
- 2 chicken breast boneless, skinless. cubed
- 4 oz beef fry
- 3 egg hard boiled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¾ cup canola oil
- Chop the romaine lettuce with a sharp knife and place it into a salad bowl.
- Cut the red onion into circular rings and place in a vertical line on top of the lettuce.
- Cut the cucumbers into wedges and place in a corner on top of the lettuce.
- Cut the tomatoes in half and put along one of the sides on top of the lettuce.
- Cube the avocado and place in a corner on top of the lettuce.
- Fry the beef fry in a pan or skillet until crisp. Pat dry and place in a corner on top of the lettuce.
- Cook the chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper in a pan or skillet over a medium low flame. When cooled, cube and place in in one of the corners on top of the lettuce.
- Slice the hard boiled eggs and arrange them in a line that is perpendicular to the line of onions.
- When ready to eat, dress the salad and toss.
- Add all dressing ingredients into the blender or food processor together.
- Blend for 1 minute until all ingredients are incorporated.