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Cobb Salad

5 from 9 reviews

This Cobb Salad is as tasty as it is beautiful with crisp bacon, sun-ripened tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and gorgonzola cheese.  Whip up the avocado ranch dressing in no time at all and take this salad over the top.

Ingredients

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Avocado Ranch Dressing

  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ avocado smashed and smooth
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

Cobb Salad

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup bottled Italian dressing
  • 6 cups chopped romaine or mixed greens
  • 6 slices cooked bacon coarsely chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 avocado peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 1 lemon juiced (for spritzing or brushing on avocado)
  • 5 ounces gorgonzola cheese

Instructions

  1. In small bowl whisk together milk, sour cream, mayonnaise, avocado, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill and parsley.  Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the salad.
  2. Marinate the chicken in the italian dressing for about 30 minutes. Grill the chicken in a 375-400 degree preheated grill for about 10-12 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees; flipping halfway through.  Cover loosely with an aluminum foil tent.
  3. Fill salad bowl or salad platter with greens. Top with bacon, eggs, tomatoes, and red onion.
  4. Brush or spritz the sliced avocado with lemon juice.  Add the avocado to the top of the salad.
  5. Top with the gorgonzola. Serve with the dressing on the side or drizzled over the top.

Notes

  • Grilled, baked, and rotisserie chicken breasts or thighs work well for this recipe.
  • Do not slice the avocado until the rest of the ingredients are cut and ready to go as it browns quickly.  Spritz or brush the avocado with lemon juice to keep it from browning too quickly.
  • Blue cheese can be substituted for the gorgonzola cheese.
  • Use grape, cherry or any sun-ripened sweet tomatoes.  Fresh chopped garden tomatoes are always a bonus.
  • Cook the smoked bacon until crispy.  I love to cook it in the oven on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees turning halfway through.  Then drain on paper towels and chop coarsely.

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