With ingredients like fresh romaine lettuce, bright red baby tomatoes, avocado, chicken breast, and crispy bacon, it’s hard not to get excited about this keto Cobb salad. This low-carb salad is anything but ordinary and filled with all of the protein and goof-for-you-fats you need to make it through your day. Salad may get a bad rap as being infilling, but our low carb Cobb salad is hearty, filling, and a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Low Carb Cobb Salad
So if you have been avoiding salads as part of your low-carb eating plan let me just ask you one question – why?
Salads are a great way to make sure you are getting a hearty serving of veggies. They are super versatile. And, unless you are simply serving iceberg lettuce with a few tomatoes, salads are rarely boring.
And our keto cobb salad, decked out with chicken, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and more, has both the flavor and the crunch you need, making this salad a true meal.
Perfect for lunch or dinner, our keto cob salad is a great way to stick to your low-carb, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 lifestyles. It can also be paleo with a small adaption (which is included below!).
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy enough to make ahead of time, keto cobb salad is great for meal-prepping days to keep you eating your food preferences all week long.
- Super versatile, you can make easy swaps if there are ingredients you don’t enjoy or if you are someone who prefers a lot of variety in your diet.
- With bacon, chicken, and eggs, this low-carb cobb salad is filled with protein to help fill you up and give you energy all day long!
If you are looking to add a wide variety of low-carb salads to your weekly meal plans, be sure to check out our taco salad, cold broccoli salad, curry bacon coleslaw, and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing.
As with pretty much every recipe, your finished product will only be as good as the ingredients you put into it. And since most of this recipe is being served fresh and without cooking, be sure your vegetables and avocado are fresh, ripe, and about as close to perfect as you can find.
- Romaine lettuce – we used an 8oz bag, which will make 2-3 salads
- Bacon – pre-cooked
- Hard-boiled eggs – you can easily hard-boil your eggs in your instant pot
- Chicken – pre-cooked. For the best flavor, we recommend these pan-fried chicken tenders, but instant pot chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken will also work
- Baby Tomatoes
- Blue cheese
- Green onion
- Dressing of your choice- blue cheese, oil and vinegar, cilantro lime, etc. (Be sure if you are purchasing a store-bought dressing that it complies with your eating plan. Commercial salad dressings tend to have hidden sugars.)
Blue Cheese – feta, mozzarella, and parmesan are also great cheese options for a salad.
Bacon – opt for turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.
Chicken – if you don’t want chicken, try using turkey, or any variety of sandwich meat (just watch for hidden carbs)
- Paleo – Other than the blue cheese, a classic Cobb salad is paleo-friendly too. There are many paleo cheese substitutes on the market, many of which are made from nuts like cashews. You can either substitute any of your favorite paleo cheeses for the blue cheese OR you can try this blue cheese paleo dressing by Jane’s Healthy Kitchen as a homemade substitute.
Step By Step Instructions
If you are starting with bacon, chicken, and eggs that are ready to go, your keto cobb salad is going to come together super quick.
For the quickest keto cobb salad, you are going to want to have your ingredients cooked ahead of time. If not, check out our pan-fried chicken tenders, bacon in the oven, and instant pot hard-boiled eggs.
Chop your lettuce, half your tomatoes, and slice your avocado.
To make an individual salad:
Lay a bed of lettuce on the bottom of a bowl, a small plate, or a travel container.
Add your protein: whole chicken tenders or slices of pre-cooked chicken, 1/2-1 whole egg, and bacon.
Add halved tomatoes and avocado slices.
Top with blue cheese.
If eating immediately, top with dressing. If you are meal prepping, wait to dress the salad until the day you eat it.
To serve a large salad:
Using a large bowl, layer your salad using the same steps, but double or triple the ingredients based on the number of people you are serving. Serve dressing options on the side.
- To cleanly slice eggs, make sure the egg is cold and cut it with a cold, wet knife. Wipe the knife before cutting again. You could also try an egg cutter.
- Shredded chicken will work just as well as pan-fried tenders.
- To make your keto cobb salad in just a few minutes, prepare all ingredients ahead of time.
- Make different versions of this low-carb cobb salad by using different types of protein and a variety of dressings.
While everything in the salad is cooked, and vegetables are fine at room temperature, we do recommend keeping your keto cobb salad refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.
Absolutley! Low-carb cobb salad works as either a meal or a side, and pairs well with most main courses.
Not at all! While a traditional cobb salad does contain all of the ingredients, feel free to adapt your cobb salad to your own personal preferences.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
Looking for more salad recipes?
- Keto Taco Salad
- Cold Keto Broccoli Salad
- Curry Bacon Keto Coleslaw
- Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
- Romaine lettuce
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Baby Tomatoes
- Blue cheese
- Green onion
- Dressing of your choice- blue cheese, oil and vinegar, cilantro lime, etc
- Lay a bed of lettuce in the bottom of a low bowl or on individual plates.
- Add 2-3 cooked chicken tenders, sliced.
- Add 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced or cut into sections
- Add 2 slices of bacon, chopped (we used applewood smoked, no sugar added)
- Cut up 1/3 of a cup of baby tomatoes cut in half.
- Slice and add 1/4 avocado.
- Top with 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles.
- Add dressing of your choice. Blue cheese dressing is always a great option!
And be sure to pin the recipe for later on Pinterest so you can easily get back to it!
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