Romaine lettuce, crispy bacon, creamy avocado, juicy tomato, egg, Monterey Jack cheese, tossed in homemade Ranch dressing.
This is a classic, popular salad recipe that just about everyone goes crazy over. It is usually the most ordered salad on the restaurant menu and for good reason! Now you can make it at home for a fraction of the price.
A chopped salad is made with romaine lettuce, bacon, avocado, tomato, hard boiled egg, cheese, and tossed with a homemade ranch dressing. The Cobb Salad starts with romaine lettuce. I love to use romaine hearts which are crisp with a slight crunch.
Crispy bacon is essential in chopped Cobb salads. I like to make my bacon extra crispy so it holds up once the dressing in poured on the salad. There are two options for cooking bacon -- in a skillet or in the oven. Once it is cooked, set it aside and let it drain on paper-towel lined plate, and then crumble it into bite-size pieces.
To give the salad extra flavor, always sprinkle the vegetables with a touch of salt. I like to slice the grape tomatoes in half and then lightly sprinkle with salt. Also, you can squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the avocado to keep it from turning brown.
You can use your favorite type of cheese but I usually reach for Monterey Jack Cheese for its creamy, mild flavor. If you want an extra punch of flavor, choose a crumbled feta or blue cheese.
The key component to any amazing salad is the dressing. I love to make my homemade Ranch dressing. If I am in a pinch and need to use store-bought ranch dressing, I reach for Ken's Deluxe Ranch Dressing. It is a refrigerated ranch dressing and tastes the most like homemade ranch.
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- 1 head Romaine Lettuce (chopped or 3 romaine hearts chopped)
- 8 Slices Bacon (cooked until crispy and cut into bite-size pieces)
- 4-6 large Hard Boiled Eggs (sliced in half or chopped)
- 1 ½ cups Grape Tomatoes (sliced in half)
- 1 large Avocado (may sprinkle with lemon juice to avoid browning)
- 1 ½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Blue Cheese, or Feta Cheese
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Cook bacon according to package instructions. This can be done in a skillet or in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Set aside and let drain on paper towel-lined plate. Cut into bite-size pieces.
- Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise. Sprinkle with a touch of salt. Dice avocado into small pieces. May want to sprinkle lemon juice on avocado to avoid browning.
- Chop the lettuce into small bite-size pieces. Top with bacon, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and cheese.
- When ready to serve, toss with ranch dressing. Serve immediately.