The Famous Cobb Salad

Servings: 6 Prep: 15 min Cook: 0 min Total: 15 min

Here we have the famous Cobb Salad! It’s not really known where this particular salad originated, but it generally seems to be attributed to The Brown Derby restaurant in the late 1920’s or 1930’s. It’s a 90 year old salad and … it’s great for a low carb way of life!

It’s got a wide mixture of salad greens, vegetables and healthy fats from a variety of ingredients. In fact, the odd assortment of ingredients, while building a truly healthy and wonderful combination of fats and nutrients, is a bit puzzling to me. After having made it and combing through information about the salad, I really have begun to subscribe to the idea that Robert Howard Cobb (the owner of the Brown Derby) was hungry, late one night, and raided his kitchen. He grabbed a little of this … and a little of that, combining a random assortment of fresh prepared ingredients, tossed them into a bowl and topped it all with salad dressing!

I’m sure he loved it so much … it became a staple!

One of the great things about this salad is, it’s less than 4 carbs, but it’s a massive bowl of good foods. Even at induction levels, this still leaves more than 16 carbs for the rest of the day. The “steak and eggs” diet, my eye!

Note: This recipe implies you have a few precooked, chilled, ready-to-go ingredients. Pay close attention to the list of ingredients, as the salad “can” be a bit time consuming, just gathering the stuff!

The Famous Cobb Salad

Ingredient
Calories
Fat
Protein
Carbs
SA’s
Fiber
Net Carbs
Salad
1 cup (50g) belgian endive, chopped
8
0
0
2
0
2
0
1 cup (34g) watercress, stems removed and coursely chopped
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
1 cup (72g) iceberg lettuce, shredded
10
0
1
2
0
1
1
1 cups (47g) romaine lettuce, washed and cut into ribbons
8
0.2
4
1.6
0
1
0.6
4 each (344g) cooked and chilled chicken breast halves (skin on, if possible)
568
12
108
0
0
0
0
12 slices (336g) bacon, pre-cooked and crispy!
84
36
12
0
0
0
0
2 each (100g) hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped or cut in half
155
11
12
1
0
0
1
4 oz (112g) quality Roquefort cheese, crumbled
413.3
34.7
24.6
2.2
0
0
2.2
1/2 lb (227g) cherry tomatoes, washed, dried and halved or quartered
41.2
0
2.5
8.7
0
2.5
6.2
2 whole (272g) avocados, peeled and sliced or diced
554
42
6
24
0
18
6
4 whole (60g) green onions (scallions), sliced
19.2
0
1.2
4.2
0
1.8
2.4
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dressing
2 each (6g) garlic cloves, minced
8
0
0
2
0
0
2
1 tbsp (15g) dijon mustard
12.4
0.6
0.7
1.5
0
0.6
0.9
1 tbsp (15.25g) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3.8
0
0.1
1.3
0
0.1
1.3
2 tbsp (30g) red wine vinegar
5.7
0
0
0.1
0
0
0.1
1/4 cup (54g) extra virgin olive oil, good quality
477.5
54
0
0
0
0
0
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Grand Totals (of 6 servings):
2372
190.5
173.1
50.7
0
27
23.7
Totals Per Serving:
395.3
31.7
28.9
8.4
0
4.5
4 g
65.7%
Fat
26.5%
Protein
7.8%
Carbs

The Famous Cobb Salad

The Famous Cobb Salad

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: DJ Foodie

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 cup belgian endive chopped
  • 1 cup watercress stems removed and coursely chopped
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1 cups romaine lettuce washed and cut into ribbons
  • 4 each cooked and chilled chicken breast halves (skin on if possible)
  • 12 slices bacon pre-cooked and crispy!
  • 2 each hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped or cut in half
  • 4 oz quality Roquefort cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes washed, dried and halved or quartered
  • 2 whole avocados peeled and sliced or diced
  • 4 whole green onions (scallions) sliced
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 2 each garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil good quality
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Assemble the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl, or nicely presented in 4 smaller salad bowls. Start by mixing the salad greens, then layering the remaining ingredients on the top. Be sure to season the tomatoes with a little salt and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Whisk it well, to form a slightly creamy consistency. The mustard should help form an emulsified red wine vinaigrette. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and serve!

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3 thoughts on “The Famous Cobb Salad”

  1. I have always loved cobb salads and heard the same story of it’s origin. But I also heard that the reason Mr. Cobb was roaming the Brown Derby kitchen late at night was that he had been to the dentist that day and had been unable to eat, was by evening hungry and needed something cut into small bites. Voila! The Cobb Salad! I don’t know how true it is…but it sounds as good a story to me as is the salad! It’s great to see this recipe on your website…thanks for all the great low carb ideas and info!

  2. Cherie, that’s a fun little note! I’ll be sure to include it whenever I share this story as an anecdote. It makes as much sense as anything else I’ve heard!

  3. Your calorie count per serving in this recipe should be 120 calories higher.  You miscalculated the number of calories for 12 slices of bacon (85?!?).  12 slices us about 360 calories, which would equal 3 slices (90 calories) on each salad.  Each salad should be roughly 620 calories, not 400.
    —Reply posted by DJ on 2/18/2015
    Hi Amy. ZING! You got me! Yes, you’re correct. That is a mistake. It really depends on which bacon I select within the USDA’s database, but it’s about 40 to 45 calories per slice of bacon, which would total to about 500 total calories, rather than the 85 I originally stated. You are correct. Sorry about that. Thank you for pointing it out!

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