Brown Derby Cobb Salad

This Brown Derby Cobb Salad copycat recipe is a wonderful take on the famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb salad. Cobb Salad ingredients include bacon, avocado, fresh crisp lettuce, chicken, hard-boiled eggs and more with a delightful french dressing.
cobb salad in a white bowl

Brown Derby Cobb Salad

The Cobb salad originated at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, CA. The owner’s name was Robert Cobb.

This salad was made with chopped Romaine and iceberg lettuce, crisp bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomato, chive, chicken breast, Roquefort cheese, and avocado.  It was topped with a homemade French dressing made at the restaurant.

This salad became known as the Brown Derby Cobb Salad all across the country and beyond.

Difference between Cobb Salad and Chef Salad

There is just a slight difference between a traditional cobb salad and a chef salad.  Both salads feature lettuce, cheese, bacon, chicken breast, ham, and hard-boiled eggs.  But a Cobb Salad also includes both Romaine and iceberg lettuce plus avocados and tomatoes.

Cobb Salad Ingredients

What everyone loves about a cobb salad is the ingredients never changes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Curly Endive
  • Watercress
  • Chives
  • Chicken Breast
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Hard-boiled Egg
  • Roquefort Cheese
  • French Dressing

Chop the iceberg and Romaine lettuce, endive, and watercress in very fine pieces.  Mix together in a wide bowl.  Arrange the chives, chicken breast, bacon, avocado, hard-boiled egg and cheese in rows over the lettuce.  Top with this special French dressing.

Notes

  • The chicken can be boiled, roasted or even grilled.  But don’t fry the chicken. It doesn’t work well in this salad.
  • Roquefort cheese is also a must but there are variations of this salad that use cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese or none at all.
  • Substitute blue cheese dressing for a low carb and keto-friendly version.
  • Like any salad, this salad is best enjoyed all at once.  If you want to prepare the salad ahead of time, put it together (minus the dressing) and keep refrigerated. Put the dressing on right before you eat it.

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cobb salad in a white bowl

Brown Derby Cobb Salad

You can make a Brown Derby Cobb Salad at home. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brown Derby Cobb Salad
Servings: 2
Calories: 1028kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 bunch watercress
  • 1 small bunch curly endive
  • 1/2 head romaine
  • 2 tablespoon minced chives
  • 4 ounces chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • 6 bacon cooked and diced
  • 1 avocado peeled and diced
  • 3 hard-cooked egg peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Roquefort cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup French Dressing

Instructions

  • Chop lettuce, watercress, endive, and Romaine in very fine pieces. Mix together in a large wide bowl. Arrange chives, tomatoes, chicken, bacon, avocado, eggs, and cheese in rows over lettuce.
  • Arrange chives, tomatoes, chicken, bacon, avocado, eggs, and cheese in rows over lettuce.
  • At the table pour Special French Dressing over salad, toss and serve.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • The chicken can be boiled, roasted or even grilled.  But don't fry the chicken. It doesn't work well in this salad.
  • Roquefort cheese is also a must but there are variations of this salad that use cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese or none at all.
  • Substitute blue cheese dressing for a low carb and keto-friendly version.
  • Like any salad, this salad is best enjoyed all at once.  If you want to prepare the salad ahead of time, put it together (minus the dressing) and keep refrigerated. Put the dressing on right before you eat it.

Nutrition

Calories: 1028kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 85g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 378mg | Sodium: 1538mg | Potassium: 1580mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 15685IU | Vitamin C: 27.5mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 4.6mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Enid Chavez

    5 stars
    This is what I read as to the creation of the Cobb Salad. The famous actress Norma Shearer was married to Irving Thalberg who happen to have a sensitive stomach. So, she asked the chef in the Brown Derby if he could create something that a baby could eat. Viola! The Cobb Salad was born.

  2. Patti at Camp Blogaway

    You can actually say the Cobb Salad WAS created by the Hollywood Brown Derby. Several years ago, my PR agency created the Dole Museum of Salad in NYC, and we highlighted the origins of classic salads like Cobb, Caesar, Waldorf. So… Howard Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby was closing up one evening when a group of high-profile customers came in. He went into the kitchen and either he or his chef (debates about credit) took whatever could be found, gave all the ingredients the same size chop to produce this beautiful salads.

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