Keto Cobb Salad

keto Cobb salad is a staple of American cuisine made with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cucumber, avocado, and cheese – perfect for lunch or a healthy dinner. 

Packed with protein, healthy fats, and vegetables to keep you full for hours, and in today’s article, we will teach you how to make your own. 

It’s a great summer dish because it’s light but filling, and you can easily make it ahead of time. Besides, all the ingredients are pretty light, so you won’t feel weighed down even if you eat a lot of salad.

Ingredients for Cobb Salad

Below is a full list of ingredients you’ll need to make this salad, along with explanations for how each ingredient benefits the salad.

  • Two boneless skinless chicken breasts: Chicken is a great source of protein and has practically no carbs, hence why it’s so popular in keto recipes.
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste): You can add salt and pepper to the chicken before cooking or to your salad before serving. 
  • One tablespoon olive oil: You’ll need this to drizzle on the salad. However, you can use a homemade balsamic vinaigrette instead.
  • Six cups lettuce, chopped: We recommend using your favorite type of lettuce and ensuring that it’s fresh and crunchy when ready to eat it.
  • Four hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced: Eggs are a great source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that are great for overall health.
  • Six slices bacon, cooked and chopped: You can use fresh and crispy bacon or bacon bits if you’re in a pinch. If you go for crispy bacon, try draining the fat on a paper towel before adding it to your salad.
  • One cup cherry tomatoes, halved: Cherry tomatoes are a great low-calorie and sweet addition to this salad. More so, their high water content helps fill up your stomach without adding extra calories.
  • ½ cucumber sliced in rounds or chopped: Cucumber is another great low-calorie and low-carb vegetable that adds tons of texture to salads. Like tomatoes, it’s full of water which helps keep you full longer.
  • Two avocados, peeled and sliced: Avocados are great for you, and they add tons of healthy fats and texture to this salad. 
  • ½ cup blue cheese or feta, crumbled: We like to use feta cheese but feel free to use whatever cheese is your favorite.

How do I make the Keto-Friendly Cobb Salad?

By following the steps listed below, you’ll have a delicious and filling salad perfect for lunch or dinner. And the best part is it only takes a few minutes to prepare:

  1. Boil the eggs: Bring water to a boil over high heat in a large saucepan. Add eggs to the water and boil for 7-8 minutes for medium-set yolks. Immediately transfer eggs to a medium bowl of ice water and chill until about 5 minutes. Peel eggs under running water; slice and set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon: Heat a skillet over medium-low heat, and cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes, until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels and let drain. Chop and set aside.
  3. Cool the chicken: Use the leftover bacon grease to cook chicken breast until fully done. Remove from skillet and chop when cooled. 
  4. Prepare the greens: Wash the green thoroughly. Rip the salad leaves into bite-size pieces, chop the cherry tomatoes into halves, and place them in a large salad bowl. Cut open the avocados, remove the seed, and then slice the halves lengthwise into thin strips.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients: In a large bowl or a platter, add the sliced eggs, crumbled bacon bits, shredded chicken, and greens, and make sure that you arrange all of the ingredients in rows (this is a trademark of the Cobb salad). Season the salad with salt and pepper and drizzle with dressing. 

Top Tips: If you want to get the most out of this salad, here are some nifty tips:

  • Use your favorite lettuce. We love the crunch of romaine, but feel free to mix and match your favorites
  • Make sure to slice the avocados right before serving, so they stay nice and green.
  • If you’re not following a strict keto diet, feel free to play around with the amount of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, cheese, and avocado.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following section of our article aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to the keto cobb salad recipe:

What goes in a Cobb salad?

The Cobb salad is a main-dish American garden salad typically made with chopped salad greens, tomato, crisp bacon, boiled, grilled, or roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, and cheese. Blue cheese or Roquefort work best, but a nice sharp cheddar is also great.

What dressing should I serve with Cobb salad?

The best dressings to serve with Cobb salad are ranch dressing, Caesar dressing, creamy balsamic dressing, and green goddess dressing. If you want to keep things keto, pretty much any dressing with 1-2 net carbs per serving or less is perfect for a keto Cobb salad.

How can I meal prep Cobb salad?

You can easily meal prep Cobb salad by preparing the entire salad in an airtight container and adding the dressing before serving. You can store a prepped Cobb salad in the fridge for up to 3 days. We recommend slicing your avocado, eggs, and tomatoes before serving to ensure they stay fresh. 

Another thing you can do to make packing this Cobb salad easier is to buy individually packaged servings of dressing! They sell single-serving packs of ranch and other dressings that are perfect for throwing in a lunchbox when you’re on the go. 

Are Cobb salads low-carb?

Cobb salads are naturally high in protein thanks to the chicken and egg whites, low in carbs since there are no starchy vegetables, high in healthy fats thanks to the egg yolks and avocados, and high in fiber thanks to the greens and the veggies. This macro ratio makes it an ideal meal for the keto diet.

More keto recipes you might enjoy: 

If you like this Cobb salad recipe, you should check out our other keto dinner recipes and our favorite salad recipes listed below. We also have dessert recipessnack recipes, and breakfast recipes!

Closing Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed our keto cobb salad recipe! This dish is perfect for a light lunch or dinner and can easily be meal prepped ahead of time. As always, thanks for reading, and happy cooking!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Cobb salad? Let us know in the comments below!

Keto Cobb Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Keto Cobb Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Yield: 2 dinner-size servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups cooked chicken (about half of a rotisserie chicken)
  • 6 cups lettuce, chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled and sliced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cucumber sliced in rounds or chopped
  • ½ cup blue cheese or feta, crumbled
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Boil eggs for about 7-8 minutes, peel them, slice them, and set aside.
  1. Cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes in a skillet until brown and crisp, drain them of excess grease, chop and set aside.
  2. Cook the chicken in leftover bacon grease. Chop or shred up into pieces, and set aside to cool off.
  3. Rip the salad leaves up, chop the cherry tomatoes into halves, and slice your avocados lengthwise into thin strips.
  4. In a large bowl or a platter, add the sliced eggs, crumbled bacon bits, shredded chicken, and greens, and make sure that you arrange all of the ingredients in rows.
  5. Season the salad with salt and pepper and drizzle with dressing. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 682Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 519mgSodium: 1232mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 9gSugar: 9gProtein: 44g

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Carb count will vary with different ingredients and brands. It should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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