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Classic Cobb Salad with Red Wine Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Classic Cobb Salad with Red Wine Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

By Angie McGowan

Classic cobb salad is one of those perfect older salad recipes that is often forgotten. This salad is credited for being invented in the 1930s at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. It later became their signature dish. It’s a great filling main dish salad full of bacon, eggs, cheese and chicken. For my recipe, I added lemon in the dressing to give it a brighter flavor. To make the chicken really special I cooked it in the leftover bacon fat. It’s was so good, even though not so healthy. For a lower fat option, you could just grill your chicken on an indoor or outdoor grill.

Classic Cobb Salad with Red Wine Lemon Vinaigrette



  • one large head of romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, grilled or cooked in leftover bacon grease and chopped
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, chopped (see an easy recipe here)
  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped and cooked crisp
  • 2 large avocados, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey and Colby cheese (or crumbled blue cheese)
  • salt and pepper


  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper


1. Cook bacon until crisp. Reserve bacon fat to cook chicken in if desired. Salt and pepper chicken. Grill chicken or cook in bacon fat for extra flavor.

2. Add lettuce to a large bowl. Top with cooked and chopped chicken, crisp bacon, chopped hard boiled eggs, avocados, onion, tomatoes and cheese.

3. Combine lemon zest, red wine vinegar and agave syrup for salad dressing to a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil. Add salt and pepper.