Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

We had this Cobb Salad for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious. I was actually surprised at how delicious it was because as I’ve said before…I am not much of a “salad” person. You will almost never catch me ordering a salad as my meal at any restaurant, but if I knew they served this recipe I would definitely think again.

Recipe: Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing - 100 Days of Real FoodAnd, to top things off, my two daughters (ages 3 and 6) ate it for dinner too! Well…for the most part. They don’t like tomatoes that much, and they certainly wouldn’t touch “stinky” cheese with a 10-foot pole. But we worked around those issues by making the tomatoes easy-to-avoid and putting the dressing on the side, and they ate just about everything else. I really hate that I never even thought to offer my girls a salad until recently. I just assumed that because they were kids they would not eat a salad…that’s “adult” food after all! I guess I can just blame the same influences that at one time made me believe kids could only really enjoy kid food like chicken nuggets, macaroni, and pizza. Don’t get me wrong, my kids absolutely love those foods too (and some kids truly won’t eat anything else), but with a little patience and persistence my girls have slowly started to accept a surprising variety of other foods as well. And since I am such a foodie…nothing could make me happier!!

Also, this is definitely one of those recipes where you can easily get creative. If you have everything on hand except for the pear, then just skip it. If you aren’t a fan of bacon you can add some ham or leftover chicken or forget the meat all together and make it a vegetarian dish. If you don’t like blue cheese then don’t be afraid to make a substitution. One of the greatest lessons I learned during our “100 Days of Real Food on Budget” pledge was to get creative with the ingredients you have on hand (or skip over required ingredients in a recipe) rather than running out to spend even more money on food. So have fun with it and enjoy!

 

Cobb Salad

We had this Cobb Salad for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious...and, to top things off, my two daughters (ages 3 and 6) ate it for dinner too!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head lettuce any variety
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 3 eggs hardboiled and peeled
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tomatoes or equivalent amount of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pear ripe

Instructions
 

  • Set a frying pan over medium heat and fry the bacon until crisp (3 - 5 minutes on each side).
  • While the bacon is cooking, dice the boiled egg, avocados, tomatoes, and pear.
  • Chop and arrange the lettuce on a large platter.
  • Drain the bacon on paper towels. When it is cool enough to handle, dice into small pieces.
  • Arrange the toppings in rows over the lettuce.
  • Serve with a side of homemade blue cheese dressing.

Notes

* For a dairy-free salad choose a different dressing.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Cobb Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 152mg51%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 1007mg29%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1530IU31%
Vitamin C 24.2mg29%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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44 thoughts on “Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing”

  1. 5 stars
    This salad was delicious, but the dressing…oh my goodness! It is my absolute favorite! Thanks again.
    By the way…will there ever be a 2nd cookbook? My kids love picking out recipes from the book, but we’ve made almost everything in there!!

  2. Can’t wait for your book to arrive! I want to make a version of cobb salad for the Labor Day weekend. A few months back you posted one that was a little different than this one, using lime-garlic dressing. I tried looking through your site and FB page, but can’t seem to locate it. Would you happen to remember? Thanks so much for sharing all of your great recipes and tips.

  3. I have posted before that my daughter has a severe allergy to honey. What could I substitute with? She really love blue cheese dressing….I would love to try making our own. Also how long will the dressing last if not all used for this meal? Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Colleen. We’ve not substituted for the honey in this recipe but typically substitute maple syrup for honey. I don’t know that that would work here. You might just try organic sugar. My sugar choice is coconut palm sugar. ~Amy

      1. I would definitely use pure maple syrup or organic sugar over corn syrup. Corn syrup is typically a processed GMO product and not a wholesome real food product.

  4. 5 stars
    I loved this! And the dish is so visually stunning with all those colors and textures. Thanks for a great recipe. There’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow–that’s my favorite kind of dinner! (BTW, the hubs wasn’t a fan, but he’s a meat and taters kind of guy, so I didn’t expect much. At least he tried it, right?)

  5. 5 stars
    Made this dressing today! I have to admit I wasn’t sure about this since the Bleu Cheese dressing I am accustomed to is rich and creamy; but your recipes have never let me down. This was absolutely delicious. Made a Cobb like salad with chicken, tomatoes, avocado and will have another tomorrow it was so awesome! Thank you again for all these awesome recipes!

  6. 5 stars
    This dressing was delicious! I increased the chives, garlic and blue cheese a little and then blended it all together. This is the best dressing I’ve had in a long time!

  7. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Susan. If you are are a no sugar diet due to a medical condition, like diabetes, you need to choose whatever sweetener works for your condition. If it is not due to a medical condition, you could choose a lower glycemic sugar such as coconut palm. ~Amy

  8. We made this salad and dressing tonight! It was AMAZING!!! We really liked the dressing, thank you!!!! (Quick Tip: We didn’t have pears, so I peeled an apple and cut it into small chunks. It worked really well with the dressing!)

    1. Why fry bacon on the stove top when you can oven fry it? Per “Cooks Illustrated”, simply roast bacon on a jelly roll pan in the middle oven rack at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes(till fat begins to render) then rotate the pan and roast for 5 to six minutes longer (8-10 minutes for thick-cut). Perfect bacon every time and no grease spattered stove-top to clean afterward.

  9. The Blue Cheese dressing sounds great! How long can you keep it in the fridge? I love to dip veggies into blue cheese dips :) I have tried many of your recipes and just love them, thanks for your hard work and I’m looking forward to your cookbook!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Chantal. The only thing in the dressing that could “go bad” would be the blue cheese…so, I might look to the date on your cheese to determine the shelf life. Jill

  10. Just found your blog this morning. . .really enjoying it! Our four children are nearly grown (youngest is 15) but we have always loved food and trying new things.

    A salad recipe idea similar to the Cobb but in a southwestern direction: mound greens of your choice in the center of a platter, surround with avocado, roasted corn, roasted red pepper, black beans, chicken or tuna, etc. Make a dressing with a base of BBQ sauce, plus lime juice, olive oil, and cumin. Always a favorite at our house, but I’d love to see your take on it, with some suggestions for added fruit and/or cheese.

  11. I made this tonight for my family and loved it. My kids (15 mos and 21 mos) just ate the toppings and my husband and I ate the full salad. We loved the dressing! I love the tang of real blue cheese but have always been disgusted by bottles blue cheese dressing…blehhh. I can’t wait to make it again.

  12. We helped my son acquire the taste for salads when he was wee by mincing the lettuce and mixing it in smashed avocado. Initially if we put too much lettuce his gag reflex took over. Over time, we were able to gradually change the lettuce:avocado ratio and eventually tore the lettuce instead of mincing. Before long we had a happy salad eating toddler. :-)

  13. I love seeing this. My kids (girls 8 and 11) have pretty diverse tastes in food, but yet both are very different in what they like. So I have always found salads hard to do, but I had never ever thought of presenting it this way. In the past I would make a base and then have certain things in little dishes on the side to be added, but really no where near as cool of a presentation as this. I present fruit in this way and we use toothpicks on the side. All my kids friends tell their mom’s about the cool fruit at our house and I can even get my “not so in to fruit” kid to eat it all when presented like your salad. I’m so glad I found this and you shared it. I saw your taco salad presentation first and then came to this one. It surprises me each time when I present a food in a pretty manner how much better my kids will take to it. Then it’s easily forgotten and I’m reminded again when I try to think out of the quick and easy mode. Right now I am working harder on “dinner together every night for my busy family” than I ever has. With a busy hormonal teenager, I find it harder than ever, but more important than ever. Love your site and just found it through a link from someone on facebook.

  14. Just came across your blog….LOVE IT….I too have been lucky in that my daughter has always loved salads & fresh veggies. She usually always gets the salad bar at school instead of the hot meals (she says that the hot meals are usually gross):)

  15. I must be super lucky. My kiddo (now 5) has been eating salad forever. She loves it and will even ask for salad. :) This cobb salad looks delicious. I’m going to have to give it a try! I don’t think my husband will consider this a meal lol… but maybe it will work for my lunch. :)

  16. I’ve been surprised at you saying that your kids didn’t like salads. I’ve taken my daughter to “family style” restaurants all her life. From the time she was about 15 months old, the way to keep her quiet and happy there was to order a side salad and dump it out on her high chair tray! When she was old enough to handle it, I’d add a small dish of dressing and let her “dip-dip” her veggies!

  17. When my son was four he took the center of an ice berg and bit into it like an apple, shocked my sister-in-law. My husband and I have always tried to have salad before each dinner and we always give our boys a few pieces. My 9 year old (same kid) loves salad, honey mustard is his favorite dressing, and other than mandrin oranges, if that is a side option, that is what he will order at a restarount. Goes back to what you have been saying, just keep offering it to them and they may just surprise you…

  18. This was fantastic! My 3 year old loved picking the items to put on her plate (egg, bacon, apple, avocado). So simple yet SO GOOD!!!

  19. Made the salad tonight….it was delicious! Even sourced some local eggs and local blue cheese. Keep those recipes coming!

  20. Just made the blue cheese dressing…It’s a hit! First time I’ve ever bought blue cheese and it was delicious! Thanks so much for all the recipes that you post.

  21. Cobb salad is a go to meal in my opinion. As a parent who cooks this one is great because the eggs and bacon can be cooked ahead of time, then the remainder can be quickly chopped and served. Great photo by the way…thanks for sharing your family’s inner secrets with the world, keep doing what you do because you have made a significant difference in many lives.

  22. I used to be a vegetarian who scoffed at salads – mainly, I think, because people assumed they were what I ate all of the time! Slowly but surely I’ve come around! I love a good Cobb salad now – and this looks delicious!

  23. Salads are totally how I get extra veggies in the day. I usually eat one for lunch every day. They are so easy to make before work and with a proper lean protein and maybe a little cheese or an avacado and a salad will keep me full all day long. I just leave olive oil at my desk, and there you go–my dressing.

    And don’t feel bad. I have regularly made salads, but I too have only just started giving them to my kids. My 3 year old will eat the salad when he is helping me in the kitchen, but not when I serve it to him on his plate. And my 18 month old acts like I am trying to poison him.

    1. When my oldest son was little he watched The Land Before Time… the animated movie about the kid dinosaurs who get separated from their families & have to travel together to the “Great Valley” where they will meet up with their herds/families/parents. The dinosaur’s are herbivorous and only eat leaves, so through out the movie, they where eating leaves… well, we sit down for dinner & he asked for some leaves to eat (he meant salad) It was so cute & to this day, he’s 14, he sill loves salad, but he’s never liked any dressing and still doesn’t. That was a long story, sorry.

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