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How to make cobb salad... step-by-step video

Classic cobb salad: chef's tips

  • Feel free to add freshly baked bread or jacket potatoes on the side
  • Add any left-over roast vegetables or meat you have to this dish – roast butternut or peppers work well, or shredded roast pork, too
  • Boil a couple of extra eggs at the same time so you can make a quick egg mayo sandwich for lunch the next day

How to store classic cobb salad

  • You could chop the salad elements (apart from the avocado) a few hours before assembling, as well as boiling the eggs and cooking the bacon
  • The dressing can be made up to three days in advance, stored in the fridge
  • Any leftovers can be stored in plastic containers in the fridge but it’s best to separate them so they don’t get soggy

Classic cobb salad recipe

Note: some pre-cooked chicken is not gluten-free so make sure it is if needed



  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2½ tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of smoked streaky bacon
  • 1 large Romaine lettuce, halved, cored and shredded
  • ½ cucumber, halved, deseeded and sliced into half moons
  • 125g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 75g blue cheese (like Stilton), crumbled
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
  • chives, finely snipped, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Put all the dressing ingredients, along with some seasoning, to a clean jar, put on the lid tightly and shake until combined.

  • STEP 2

    Cook the eggs in a pan of boiling water for 7 mins. Drain and run under cold water before carefully peeling and cutting into quarters.

  • STEP 3

    Cook the bacon in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat for 4-5 mins, flipping halfway, until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.

  • STEP 4

    Lay out the ingredients on a large platter one by one – lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, avocado, cheese and the chicken. Crumble up the bacon and add along with the boiled eggs. Drizzle with the dressing and scatter over chives to serve.


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