Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing. It’s not a s’more, but it’ll do.

Cobb Salad with Homemade Green Goddess Dressing

After a lovely camping adventure with my girlfriends in the Sierra Nevada over the long weekend, I feel nostalgia toward camping food. Specifically, chocolate and marshmallows. Amazing how all it takes is a little wilderness, no cell phone reception (because: no witnesses), and a couple of days of alcohol and sugar to morph your clean eating habits into a full-tilt s’mores-for-breakfast addiction.

But in spite of feeling remiss toward all food that isn’t made out of a s’more, Cobb salad is an excellent weaner. As in, it’s great for weaning you off of your s’mores addiction. Step 1: Put out the campfire and return to civilization. Step 2: Cobb Salad. Step 4: Take a bath.

You know how I was hootin and hollerin over the Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing I showed you on Monday? After I put down my straw and had the wherewithal to do some chopping, I used it on this Cobb salad, which was a serious game changer for me. Between the avocado, feta (or blue cheese if you can dig), hard-boiled egg, chicken, and the bacon, there is a bounty of flavor and texture…and protein…this is a meat lover’s salad, fit for a man. Just don’t tell him the name of the dressing.

Cobb Salad with Homemade Green Goddess Dressing

If you want to save yourself some time, you can do what I do when I’m getting my laze on and buy a rotisserie chicken from the store instead of cooking a chicken breast. Don’t tell the food blog authorities I encourage this. While Cobb salad isn’t a new culinary adventure for most people, a straight-forward and familiar meal can be just the ticket to a pleasant evening in. Plus: Green Goddess Dressing. We’ve got to put it somewhere!

Cobb salad. It’s how we combine bacon and greens.

Cobb Salad with Homemade Green Goddess Dressing

Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Julia
Adapted from Cooking Light's Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing


  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast cooked and chopped into cubes*
  • 3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 5 ounces spring green mix
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled and diced
  • 2 ounces feta cheese or blue cheese
  • Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing


  1. Prepare the Green Goddess dressing and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Cook the chicken using your preferred method. To do so quickly, bring a few cups of water to a boil. Add the chicken and cook for 8 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from water and place on a cutting board. Chop or shred the chicken and add salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings.
  3. Place all ingredients for the salad (including the chicken) in a large serving bowl and toss in desired amount of green goddess dressing.
  4. Serve as an entree.


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  1. Kelly H.

    The made up Cobb salads I see in the store always have ranch dressing with them. Is Cobb salad traditionally supposed to have ranch or green goddess dressing? If it’s the latter, the people in the stores have it all wrong! 🙂

  2. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Noooo! Don’t give up the s’mores addiction! It is an addiction meant for summer. I love a cobb salad and I have been dreaming of what to use that lovely green goddess dressing from the other day on. This is my kind of salad.

  3. Courtney @ The Fig Tree

    I love camping! Hopefully I can get in a few camping trips this summer. Love s’mores! And all the yummy camp fire foods. Banana boats were my fav as a kid. Bananas filled with chocolate and marshmallows roasted in tin foil over the fire. Yummmm! But…this Cobb salad looks amazing too! Love that you used feta along with the green goddess dressing. Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  4. Abby

    Ohh who can say no to a Cobb salad?! They’re the best. Going to have to put that dressing to work! ( Yea I’m not sure what that means either 🙂 )

  5. Isadora

    Ok, this salad has convinced me to put down my straw too and get to chopping! I can definitely get on board with this salad, not that I have met many salads that I couldn’t get on board with, although there was that one that a friend’s dad made that had bananas, broccoli, and mayo, eek! Thank goodness for no-mayo dressings like this one! Funny how it takes so little time to be swayed back to unhealthy eating habits, ha! Thank goodness you have this amazing salad to lure you back 🙂

  6. Joanne

    If I veg-ed up this cobb salad, would it still be a cobb salad? Or would it just be more like a nicoise? Either way, I want to smother this dressing over all my salads for all of time.

    1. Julia Post author

      I told one vegetarian on twitter to use coconut bacon instead of real bacon and tofu instead of chicken. I bet it’d turn out pretty freaking awesome! But classic nicoise would be pretty stellar too 🙂


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