This low carb Cobb salad is packed with flavorful ingredients like bacon, blue cheese, vibrant tomatoes and topped with a creamy Ranch dressing.
This salad checks all the boxes for me when it comes to cravings. I love how all the flavors combine to make a very satisfying salad that I’m happy eating any time.
I used to shy away from making a Cobb Salad because the ingredients pack a lot of fat, but on a low-carb diet that’s exactly what makes it so ideal.
It’s loaded with veggies, but also has a bit of protein and fat. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you can eat a Cobb Salad without guilt.
Ingredients in a Cobb Salad
The great part about a low carb cobb salad is that you really can mix and match ingredients. If you don’t like something in this salad, just substitute for something else.
- Chicken – I use chicken breast for this salad. You could also use any rotisserie chicken you have left over from another meal.
- Tomatoes – I use cherry tomatoes for this salad because they have more flavor, are crunchier, and aren’t as watery.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Blue Cheese – A nice crumbly blue cheese is best, rather than a soft one. If you don’t like blue cheese, try a less-pungent stilton, or feta cheese crumbles.
- Bacon – Cook and crumbled
- Ranch dressing – We have a great recipe for keto Ranch dressing, so you can make your own at home, instead of using sometimes high-sugar store-bought Ranch.
Other things you could add are sliced ham, sunflower seeds, lettuce, walnuts, different types of cheese. Or use blue cheese dressing instead of Ranch.
Carb Values in This Low Carb Cobb Salad
The bulk of the carbs in this salad are from the tomatoes and avocados. However, these fruits also contain a high amount of fiber, which offsets the carbs. A full serving of this salad, which is quite substantial, has 7 net grams of carbs.
You can, of course, cut down the amount of tomatoes and avocados you use in the salad to lower that amount of carbs.
If you’re wanting to cut down on calories, I suggest using less Ranch dressing and half the amount of avocado. You can also substitute the creamy dressing with a balsamic vinegar.
How to Make Cobb Salad
There are quite a few components to this salad, but you can cut down on the time it takes to prep each ingredient by preparing them together.
The cooked elements of the dish are bacon, egg and chicken. I like to cook the bacon and chicken in the same skillet to save on dishes. To do this, place the two chicken breasts in a skillet with the bacon slices surrounding. The bacon will finish cooking before the chicken.
At the same time, put a pot of water to boil. I like to steam the eggs rather than boil them. If you have a steamer basket, add the eggs to the basket in the pot with 1 inch of boiling water.
Put the lid on the pot, then boil for 30 seconds. Reduce heat and cook for 12 minutes. When the eggs are done, put them in an ice bath to cook them down quickly, then peel.
To avoid cooking eggs that don’t peel well, follow the instructions in this video. It’s helped me learn how to make easy-to-peel eggs, which is essential for this recipe.
Meanwhile, chop the cold ingredients: tomatoes, avocados, and lettuce, and crumble the blue cheese. You can begin to assemble the salad at the same time. Add the lettuce to the bottom, then top with sections of the chopped ingredients.
At about the same time, all of the cooked ingredients will be finished. Chop those up and add them to the salad. Top with dressing and you’re done!
Questions About a Cobb Salad
Why is it called a cobb salad?
It’s actually named after the owner of the restaurant where it was invented in the early 1900s – Robert Howard Cobb. It was the restaurant’s signature dish, and has been super popular ever since.
Is a cobb salad okay to eat on a low-carb diet?
Yes, a cobb salad is actually a great low-carb salad, because it contains ingredients that are all very low in carbs, or have a lot of fiber to off-set the carbs. In this large salad, there are only 7 net grams of carbs.
What dressing can I use on a cobb salad?
The original cobb salad was dressed with French dressing, but it has also been served with a red wine vinaigrette, Ranch dressing, and blue cheese dressing. The topping is really up to you.
More easy low-carb recipes you might enjoy:
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 avocado cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken breast diced
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 2 large eggs hard boiled and chopped
- 2 oz blue cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
- Cook the bacon in a skillet or microwave until crisp. Remove from skillet and lay out on paper towels to absorb the excess fat. Crumble and set aside.
- To compose the salad, add the lettuce to a bowl. Arrange the chicken, bacon, tomato, egg, and avocado over the greens.
- Pour the dressing over the salad sparingly or to taste.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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