Chick Fil A Cobb Salad

Chick Fil A Cobb Salad is delicious, hearty, and loaded with flavor. Homemade avocado ranch dressing adds a creamy touch to this extraordinary salad.

homemade Chick Fil A cobb salad with avocado ranch dressing.

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Cobb Salad with Chicken

Salads get a bad rap. It is time to stop thinking about salads only as ‘diet food’ and begin acknowledging them for what they indeed are: Delicious!

Start your salad revolution by chowing down on a Chick Fil A Cobb Salad.

It’s one of the most popular Chick Fil A salads and comes loaded with everything you love about a great Cobb Salad, like crispy bacon, creamy, salty cheese, perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs, and, of course, the famous chicken you already love.

But there is no need to head to the closest restaurant when you can make this Chick Fil A Cobb Salad recipe at home! It’s easy enough to make for a weekday dinner and memorable enough for your guests.

What Makes the Cobb Salad Chick Fil A Serves So Darn Great

There is already a lot to love when it comes to Cobb Salads. But this recipe adds two huge wow factors that take the Chick Fil A Cobb Salad to the next level of flavor.

The first is the fantastic buttermilk-soaked and heavily seasoned grilled chicken breast.

The second is the out-of-this-world avocado ranch dressing.

Combine the two with all the other amazing ingredients, and you have a salad that is entirely worthy of main course status.

The Three Major Components of this Chick Fil A Cobb Salad Recipe

Okay, there is no denying that a lot is going on in this recipe, but the good news is that you can prepare each salad component separately and in advance.

For timing and ease of prep, start making the buttermilk ranch grilled chicken well before you want to serve the salad. An ideal marinating time is about four hours.

So to let the chicken absorb all the flavors completely, begin marinating the chicken breasts in the morning of the day you plan to serve the salad for dinner. You can even cook your chicken and keep it in the fridge to save a bit of last-minute cooking time.

Start the salad dressing about an hour before you will need it. While the salad dressing isn’t too difficult to make, there are quite a few ingredients. And for the best taste, you really should allow 30 or more minutes for the ingredients to meld.

Go ahead and prepare the hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and shredded cheese the day before.

Store your Cobb Salad topping in the fridge until ready to assemble the salad.

Chick Fil A Cobb Salad Ingredients

Do not be intimidated by the number of ingredients for this recipe. While it may seem extensive, they are all needed for the deep, robust, and complex flavors of this incredible salad. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Dill pickle juice
  • Buttermilk
  • Powdered sugar
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Celery salt
  • Olive oil
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix
  • Avocado
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lime juice
  • McCormick Mild Taco Seasoning
  • Butter
  • Frozen corn kernels
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spring salad mix
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cooked bacon
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Hard boiled eggs
Chick Fil A cobb salad and dressing ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Substitutions

The ingredients for a traditional Cobb Salad are pretty well set, but feel free to make minor changes.

For instance, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of preparing the chicken breasts as described in the recipe below, use any boneless chicken, even chicken nuggets or tenders. You can also use grilled shrimp instead of chicken.

Chick Fil A switched out the traditional blue cheese in their version of the Cobb Salad, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put it back in or opt for a totally different cheese. Monterey Jack, Havarti, and Smoked Gouda would all make excellent additions to this salad.

Substitute the avocado ranch dressing with the one you prefer for a cobb salad. Some popular dressings for cobb salad are blue cheese dressing, Brown Derby cobb dressing, and Panera green goddess dressing.

Some people may be wondering if this Chick Fil A Cobb Salad is keto. Well, as written, it is not. But by making some changes, such as switching how you prepare the chicken, eliminating the corn, and choosing a different dressing, you are much closer to a keto-friendly meal.

How to Make Chick Fil A Cobb Salad

  1. Marinate the chicken. Place the chicken, dill pickle juice, and buttermilk in a bowl or zip-top bag. Cover the bowl or seal the bag and place it in the fridge. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes, but preferably for several hours.
marinating chicken for Chick Fil A cobb salad.
  1. Grill the chicken. Heat a grill to 350 degrees or use a grill pan. Brush the grill with oil. Remove the chicken from marinade and place the chicken on the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached. Place the chicken on a cutting board to rest while you make the salad.
  2. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the salad dressing.
  3. Place the Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix, avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, and taco seasoning into a blender.
Chick Fil A avocado ranch dressing ingredients in a blender.
  1. Blend until smooth. Store the salad dressing in an airtight container in the fridge.
  2. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place the corn into the skillet with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until the corn begins to blacken. Remove the corn from the skillet.
  3. Place the romaine and spring salad mix into a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  4. Divide the lettuce into two large salad bowls.
  5. To each salad bowl, add corn, grape tomatoes, bacon, and a hardboiled egg.
  6. Sprinkle cheeses over each salad.
  7. Slice the cooked chicken breasts into strips and add them to the salads.
  8. Drizzle salad dressing over each salad before serving.
a bowl of homemade Chick Fil A cobb salad with dressing.

What Goes with Chick Fil A Cobb Salad

A slice of fresh bread is all you really need to make this recipe an entire meal. Of course, a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc wouldn’t hurt.

How to Store Chick Fil A Cobb Salad

You should store each component of the Chick Fil A salad separately in the refrigerator:

Wrap the chicken in plastic and use it within three days.

Try storing the salad dressing in a sealed container with a bit of plastic wrap pressed down on the surface of the dressing to prevent the avocados from oxidizing and turning brown. Once the salad dressing starts to change colors, toss it.

The cooked bacon and uncut hard-boiled eggs should last about five days when wrapped separately in the fridge.

Cover and put any leftover salad in the fridge and eat it within a few hours to prevent it from getting soggy.

overhead view of homemade Chick Fil A cobb salad in two bowls.

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homemade Chick Fil A cobb salad with avocado ranch dressing.

Chick Fil A Cobb Salad

You can make Chick-fil-A Cobb Salad with avocado ranch dressing at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chick Fil A Cobb Salad, Chick Fil A Recipes, Cobb Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2
Calories: 1509kcal

Ingredients

Grilled Chicken Breast

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • ½ cup dill pickle juice
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Mild Taco Seasoning

Cobb Salad

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ½ cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce washed, dried, and chopped
  • 2 cups spring mix washed and dried
  • 8 grape tomatoes
  • 4 slices bacon cooked until crisp
  • ¼ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 hardboiled eggs

Instructions

Grilled Chicken Breast

  • First, marinate the chicken. Place the chicken, dill pickle juice, and buttermilk in a zip top bag. Place the bag in the fridge, and let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes, but preferably for several hours.
  • Next, grill the chicken. Heat the grill to 350°F, or use a grill pan. Brush the grill with oil. Remove the chicken from marinade and place the chicken on the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. The chicken should have an internal temperature of 165°F when you remove it from the grill. Place the chicken on a cutting board to rest while you make the salad.

Salad Dressing

  • While the chicken is marinating, prepare the salad dressing.
  • Place the Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix, avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, and taco seasoning into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Store the salad dressing in an airtight container in the fridge.

Cobb Salad

  • Melt 2 teaspoons of butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place the corn into the skillet. Add a tiny pinch of salt to the corn and cook, stirring occasionally until the corn begins to blacken. Remove the corn from the skillet.
  • Place the romaine and spring mix into a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Divide the lettuce into two large salad bowls.
  • To each bowl, add half of the corn, 4 grape tomatoes, 2 crumbled slices of crisp-cooked bacon, and 1 hardboiled egg.
  • Sprinkle half of each cheese over each salad.
  • Slice the cooked chicken breasts into strips and add them to the salads.
  • Drizzle salad dressing over each salad before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 1509kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 75g | Fat: 115g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g | Monounsaturated Fat: 45g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 428mg | Sodium: 4749mg | Potassium: 2084mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 6365IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 373mg | Iron: 4mg

About Stephanie Manley

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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