California Cobb Salad with Ranch Dressing (Whole30 – Paleo – Gluten Free)

This delightful California Cobb Salad is a wonderful blend of mixed greens, grilled and seasoned chicken breast, with bacon, eggs and vegetables. The homemade creamy ranch dressing tops the salad off beautifully! This salad is one of my favorite Whole30 recipes and also fits the Paleo diet, as well.

It’s time for some California Dreaming – Cobb Salad Style.  This traditional restaurant favorite is my go to choice when I eat out for lunch and want to have a great taste but still keep the meal fairly healthy.This California Cobb Salad recipe has been adapted to fit the Whole30, and Paleo diets. It is easy to prepare and has a delicious home made ranch dressing.I really enjoy making salads with proteins in them. They are very healthy and make a great lunch time option.  See my Keto bacon and broccoli salad for another option.

Making a California Cobb Salad – Whole30 Style

Most of the ingredients in a traditional California Cobb Salad are perfectly fine to eat on the Whole30 Diet plan. The main considerations are to cook your own chicken. (Most rotisserie style chickens are off limit on Whole30.)  And also be sure to check your label on the type of bacon that you use to make sure it is compliant. (No sugar, no sulfites. It is out there but is hard to find.)ingredients for California Cobb Salad

The other challenge that you will face for making a Whole30 California Cobb salad is the dressing.  Most commercial dressings are a no no since they contain sugar or soy products.  The answer, of course, is to make your own!  See my Whole30 Ranch dressing for a great tasting topping for this salad.creamy ranch dressing

I used the traditional Cobb Salad ingredients with a few extra that I enjoy in salads.  (I add baby cucumbers and Salad greens instead of iceberg or Romaine lettuce.)  I also don’t use any cheese since this is not allowed on either the Whole30 or the Paleo diet.

Start by placing your Romaine lettuce at the base of a large salad bowl.  Add lettuce to the bowl.

Many Cobb salad recipes use only this type of lettuce but I like to add to it since I’ll be omitting some other flavors. Top it with the baby mixed greens and add the sliced baby cucumbers and tomatoes.Add mixed greens and salad veg

Work from one side of the bowl to the other to arrange the cooked chicken slices, quartered hard boiled eggs, slices of avocado and pieces of cooked, crumbled bacon.Layer the topping from one side to the other

Top the salad with the Whole30 ranch dressing and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley or cilantro.Add the home made dressing to the salad

Tasting the California Cobb Salad

This salad is hearty, healthy and delicious. Each bite gives a different taste sensation lovingly drizzled in a creamy ranch dressing that is just full of the flavor of fresh herbs.  Taking a bit of this Whole30 California Cobb Salad

This recipe makes a HUGE salad, but you won’t mind because the bowl is just full of healthy ingredients.  I love this so much that I make it several times a week!California Cobb Salad and home made ranch dressing

The salad works out to 587 calories including 2 tbsp of the creamy ranch dressing.

For two other healthy lunch time or side dish salads, try this Greek Chopped Salad  or my Mediterranean chicken salad with a home made dressing and marinades.

California Cobb Salad with Ranch Dressing (Whole30 - Paleo - Gluten Free)
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This delicious California Cobb Salad is a wonderful blend of mixed greens, grilled and seasoned chicken breast, with bacon, eggs and vegetables. The homemade creamy Whole30 ranch dressing tops the salad off beautifully!
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup of Romaine Lettuce Chopped
  • 2 cups of Baby Salad Greens
  • 3-4 ounces chicken breasts, seasoned and grilled
  • 2 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Baby Cucumber - sliced (optional, but I like it this way)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and quartered lengthwise.
  • ½ avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp Whole30 Ranch Dressing (see recipe here)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro to garnish
  1. Place the Romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add the mixed greens.
  2. Add the tomatoes and baby cucumbers on top of the greens.
  3. Work from one side of the bowl to the other, placing the chicken breast slices, quartered egg, baby pieces and slices of avocado until the top is covered..
  4. Top with the ranch dressing and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro.
  5. Makes one very large and hearty salad.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 587.4 Fat: 41.2 g Saturated fat: 9.5 g Unsaturated fat: 28.1 g Carbohydrates: 16.3 g Sugar: 3.6 g Sodium: 627.1 mg Fiber: 9.5 g Protein: 38.4 g Cholesterol: 274.2 mg

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