This keto cobb salad is not only packed with flavor but it’s a great hearty meal. It’s a healthy delicious chicken salad that is low in carbs and keto-friendly! Plus, it features a tasty homemade blue cheese dressing!
I am a big fan of enjoying salad as a meal, especially when the summer months arrive. It’s why I also have a keto 7 layer salad that is a favorite on the site.
Both these salads make enough for a crowd or can be made in individual mason jars as part of your weekly keto meal planning.
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Keto Cobb Salad
This hearty salad is sure to keep you full for hours since it’s packed with protein yet low in carbs.
A Cobb salad is an American salad that is served as an entree. Made with sliced chicken, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and blue cheese crumbles. BASICALLY, it’s yummy on a plate.
I personally also like to add shredded sharp cheddar cheese for more flavor.
It’s true that Cobb salads are, by nature, a low carb entree, since it is packed with protein, low in carbs, and high in fiber.
Unfortunately, where some variations of Cobb salads fail, is their choice of dressing or even worse using breaded fried chicken strips.
What makes my recipe keto-friendly is the homemade blue cheese dressing and the fact that I cook the chicken in bacon grease upping the level of fat. Winning!
What Is A Cobb Salad?
Ever wonder how what makes a Cobb salad a Cobb salad? Well, the origins of the traditional Cobb salad go back to 1937 when it was created for the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, CA.
It’s named after the owner of the restaurant Robert Howard Cobb, who cleverly threw together a few leftovers from the night before. His creativity is what birthed the Cobb salad so many have come to love.
How To Make A Keto Cobb Salad With A Keto Blue Cheese Dressing
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The good news is that making a Cobb salad that is low in carbs is quite simple to make. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to have fresh ingredients that can be prepped easily.
The following are the ingredients for the Cobb salad, note that the full printable recipe is a the bottom of the page.
Keto-Friendly Cobb Salad Ingredients
- Crispy bacon
- Skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Iceberg lettuce, chopped
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Avocados, sliced and tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning
- Cherry tomatoes, sliced
- Blue cheese, crumbled
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Keto Blue Cheese Dressing
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Full-fat mayonnaise
- Sour cream
- Heavy cream
- Apple cider vinegar
- Fresh lemon juice
- Granulated sugar substitute small amount (optional)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Fresh parsley minced
Is Blue Cheese Dressing Keto
If you are wondering if a blue cheese dressing is considered keto, the answer is maybe. This is because the number of carbs in a blue cheese dressing will vary greatly from brand to brand or recipe.
Since this cobb salad includes a homemade blue cheese dressing that is void of sugar it is considered keto-friendly.
What Is The Best Keto-Friendly Cobb Salad Dressing?
Typically if you order a cobb salad in a restaurant it will be served with a balsamic dressing. The problem is that it will probably be one that is loaded with sugar.
The same problem occurs if you use a store brought balsamic dressing. Not to mention that it usually list canola oil as the first ingredient.
This is why I like making homemade salad dressings so that I know exactly what ingredients are in them.
As far as which dressing is best for keto cobb salad, my preference is a blue cheese dressing. I just feel it naturally goes better with the blue cheese crumbles that are typical in this type of salad.
Keto Cobb Salad In A Jar
You can meal prep by serving the Cobb salad in 6 large quart mason jars.
To do so add two tablespoons of the blue cheese dressing to the bottom of each jar. Next place the chicken strips that have been chopped, tomatoes, eggs, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, bacon, and finally the chopped lettuce.
If meal prepping I recommend leaving out the avocados since they are likely to turn brown. Once ready to serve, shake the salad from the jar into a bowl. The Cobb salad in mason jars keeps well for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
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- 12 ounces of bacon
- 3 pounds of skinless chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 3 avocados, sliced
- 1 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 3/4 cup of blue cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup of sliced red onions
Keto Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles
- 1/2 cup of full-fat mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar substitute (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley minced
Blue Cheese Dressing
- In a medium-sized bowl, mash the blue cheese crumbles, and heavy cream.
- To this mixture add the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, minced parsley, granulated sugar substitute, and spices. Set Aside.
- Boil your eggs and peel and set aside.
- Chop the lettuce and set it aside.
- Slice the cherry tomatoes and set them aside.
- Slice the onions and set them aside.
- Slice the avocados and toss them in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent them from browning. Set aside.
- Fry the bacon slices over medium-low heat until the bacon is crispy. Set aside and crumble once the bacon has cooled. Reserve the bacon fat.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and paprika and slice the breasts into strips. Fry the sliced chicken breasts in the reserved bacon fat over medium-high heat. Cook until the chicken strips are cooked through and golden brown in color about 10 minutes total. Set aside.
- Assemble the Cobb salad on a large platter by placing the lettuce, chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, onions, avocado, blue cheese, cheddar cheese in rows.
- Allow people to serve themselves and then drizzle the blue cheese dressing over the salad right before eating.
If the blue cheese dressing is too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water or heavy and give it a good stir.
You can meal prep by serving the Cobb salad in 6 large quart mason jars. To do so add two tablespoons of the blue cheese dressing to the bottom of each jar. Next place the chicken strips that have been chopped, tomatoes, eggs, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, bacon, and finally the chopped lettuce. If meal prepping I recommend leaving out the avocados since they are likely to turn brown. Once ready to serve, shake the salad from the jar into a bowl. The Cobb salad in mason jars keeps well for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 675Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 11gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 5gSugar: 2.5gProtein: 15.9g