Cobb Salad Recipe

Best ever Cobb Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing will become addictive.

Cobb Salad Recipe makes a beautiful, delicious salad for your family and friends.

Many folks declare it is the best salad they have ever tasted.

Two recipes are included. First is the recipe I adapted which my family likes best.

The second one is the original version, (according to my research).

Both versions can be served as a side for any meal or alone as a light luncheon. 

Cobb Salad Recipe

  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 2/3 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2/3 cup chopped or cubed cooked smoked ham
  • 4 oz. mild or medium cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced or chopped (I use Roma or Cherry tomatoes)
  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives, whole or sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced or chopped or chopped chives (sweet Vidalia onions are excellent, if available)
  • 2 avocados, peeled, cored and cubed*
  • prepared Homemade Ranch Style Dressing (recipe below)

Arrange spinach leaves on a salad serving plate or in a salad bowl.

Prepare the other ingredients the way you like them and arrange on the salad. Can be tossed if you like.

Top with the Homemade Ranch Style Dressing or serve salads individually.

*Avocados turn brown quickly after peeling because of getting oxygen to the surface. It is best to prepare them last for your salad and just before serving.

There are many tips online to prevent avocados from turning brown after being cut. 

The only method I have found that works is to cover them with salad dressing and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator until used.

I find they will last a couple of days, but need be eaten ASAP.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix together sour cream and mayonnaise until creamy.

Sprinkle in parsley flakes, onion flakes, dill weed and salt. Fold in to mix well.

Slowly, whisk in the buttermilk until it is the consistency you like. (See tips below).

Stir in lemon juice and mix well.

Pour into a salad dressing container or glass jar. Cover with lid and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

This allows enough time for the onion flakes to hydrate and all flavors to permeate for an awesome Homemade Ranch Style Dressing.

Refrigeration will also allow the lemon juice time to slightly thicken the dressing, making it very creamy.

Cobb Salad without the Chicken and Ham for a lighter meal.

Buttermilk Tips

Did you know that whole buttermilk thickens as it
ages in your refrigerator?

You may need to add
extra milk to recipes when making salad dressings, Buttermilk Pancakes, etc.
to compensate for
the increased thickness.

The above image is of a salad made using the first Cobb Salad Recipe, but eliminating the chicken and ham for a lighter meal.

History Of Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad is an awesome, yet simple dish, created in the 1920s or 1930s, depending on which story is true.

One story is that the owner and operator of the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, California, Robert Cobb, got hungry late one night after his restaurant closed and started putting together something he could eat.

As the story goes, he put together some leftovers, including  several types of salad greens (listed below), then added the other ingredients and his restaurant made, French Salad Dressing.

It seems he served a friend the salad also. The next morning the friend returned to the restaurant requesting some more of that "Cobb Salad".

Hence, the salad bearing the owners name, was added to the menu.

Another story is that Mr. Cobb's executive chef, Robert Kreis, created it years earlier when the restaurant opened in 1929 and named it Cobb in honor of  it's owner.

A third story says the salad was on the menu at the Calestoga Inn as early as 1920.

They claimed the ingredients were written down as an old family favorite. They also claimed they name it after a nearby mountain by with that name.

We probably will never know the truth. But, my thinking is that the salad was inspired and created by whomever, from an old 17th century salad called "Salmaguni".

That salad contained similar ingredients of meat, eggs, etc. It also contained anchovies, but no avocado, and an oil dressing.

Original Version Cobb Salad
(As Far As I Can Determine)

  • 1/2 head lettuce
  • 1/2 head romaine
  • 1 bunch chicory (also called endive)
  • 1/2 bunch watercress
  • 2 chicken breasts, boiled
  • 6 strips crisp cooked bacon
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup grated Roquefort Cheese
  • 1 cup French Dressing (oil and vinegar type)

Mix all together except the dressing and add it when served.

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