One of my all-time favorite salads is a Cobb salad because they are usually so many wonderful ingredients! This Southwest Cobb Salad Recipe is flavorful, filling and so easy to eat!
I eat salads almost every day and let me tell you, salads become boring very quickly! So I am constantly trying to think out of the norm when it comes to salads.
I will change up an ordinary Shrimp Caesar Salad by adding quinoa, take cashew chicken and turn that into a Paleo-friendly salad, take dandelion greens and kale and toss them into an easy citrus salad, and then take some cooked tortellini and toss them with deli meat for a quick Italian Chopped Salad!
I think I am becoming a salad wizard.
While Caesar Salads and even Greek salads are in my top 5, they don’t vary THAT much, you know what I mean?
Whereas, a Cobb salad is a beast of a salad that holds all sorts of fun ingredients! Sure, there are some standard ingredients, but personally, I think aside from those back-bone ingredients, anything goes.
What Is A Cobb Salad?
A typical Cobb salad is made up of mixed greens, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, diced chicken, avocados and a vinaigrette.
How To Make A Southwest Cobb Salad
I chose a container of mixed greens for this recipe. But romaine lettuce, bibb lettuce, even kale and spinach would work just fine. It is totally ok to use whatever greens your family prefers!
I also add rinsed and drained black beans, corn (even better if you have leftover grilled corn), halved cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, avocados, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
I make a very simple cilantro lime dressing to give this salad true southwest flavor.
How To Serve A Cobb Salad Recipe
I like to use a large platter or a large shallow bowl. Arrange your greens on the platter or the bowl. Arrange the chicken, the beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, eggs and cheese in rows or piles around your greens. Just before serving, drizzle the salad with the lime dressing, toss and serve.
Is A Cobb Salad Healthy?
A cobb salad is as healthy as you make it. This particular recipe is rich in fiber with its lean grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs and black beans. This recipe does not have bacon, but it does have cheese. It also has colorful veggies and a light dressing.
Southwest Cobb Salad Substitutions:
- Replace the black beans with pinto beans
- Feta or queso fresco can be used in place of the Jack cheese
- Add diced bell peppers, red onions, or jalapenos
- Use guacamole instead of the diced avocados
- Add bacon if desired
- The traditional red whine vinaigrette can be used in place of the lime dressing
- Grilled chicken breast
- 1 lb mixed greens
- 1 cup black beans
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 hard boiled eggs, halved
- ½ cup shredded jack cheese
- 1 avocado, diced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- Salt to taste
- Arrange mixed greens on a serving plate or a shallow bowl
- Arrange black beans, corn, tomatoes, eggs, cheese, and avocado over the greens. Add grilled chicken.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and cilantro; season to taste.
- Pour dressing over salad just before serving.
I used 1 large grilled chicken breast for this salad, You can add more or less depending on your tastes. Rotisserie chicken can also be used.
Amount Per Serving Calories 321Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 106mgSodium 292mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 6gSugar 3gProtein 20g