An easy grilled chicken cobb salad is the perfect 20 minute meal to please the whole family! Easy, quick, and made from scratch, it should be a regular staple in your dinner rotation.
I can’t get enough grilled protein salads in the summer. Steak salad? Yes, please. Salmon salad? Absolutely (recipe coming your way soon!).
This grilled chicken cobb salad? We probably ate it at least twice a month from May onward, and I have no intention of slowing down as we roll into fall.
It’s just so dang easy. Weeknight dinners are always a struggle. By the time I get home from work, it’s often 7pm or later, which means we have two hours to cook, eat, play, and get our 2 year old to bed.
With this grilled chicken cobb salad, I can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes, start to finish. Yes, please.
Come home, preheat your grill. While the grill is heating, cook the bacon and start water for the eggs. Chop your veggies. Add the chicken to the grill, and cook the chicken while you make the homemade dressing.
Flip the chicken, move the eggs into an ice bath, assemble the vegetable components. Take the chicken off the grill and let it rest while you peel and slice the eggs. Done.
Want to make this even easier? Make the salad “meal prep” style, making and assembling things ahead of time.
Over the weekend, boil your eggs. Fry the bacon, grill the chicken, thaw the corn, slice the tomatoes, make the dressing. When the time comes, literally all you need to do is cut the avocado, add some lettuce, and sprinkle with cheese. Assembly time: 5 minutes. Boom.
(Plus then you get to fill your fridge with little storage containers. I’m always so pleased when I open the refrigerator door and see all my dinners for the week prepped ahead of time – it’s the sight of a stress-free weeknight.)
I love that it’s an entire meal on its own and I don’t have to think about sides. Proteins and veggies. The avocado and egg are extra filling (my favorite parts). My husband really likes grilled chicken, so he’s happy. Even our toddler loves this salad. His favorite part is, unsurprisingly, the bacon. He loves picking up a piece of lettuce and finding a piece of bacon underneath. “Mommy, look! Bacon hiding! I find it!”
An easy, veggie-packed dinner made in under 20 minutes that the whole family enjoys? You can see why I make this so frequently.
Are you familiar with the EAT COBB mnemonic to remember the ingredients for a Cobb salad? Egg, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, Blue cheese.
If you notice my ingredient list, mine deviates a little. No blue cheese – I don’t like Roqufort. No onions (I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen a cobb salad with onion?). Cobb salads usually use a mix of greens, including iceberg… nope.
But that’s what makes salads like this so great — add and subtract to your own personal preference.
The temperatures may be cooling off, but you’ll still find me standing outside at the grill, manning the chicken. Because I refuse to give up my grilled chicken cobb salad as summer ends… even if mine are more like EAT CCBF (corn, feta) than EAT COBB.
This easy grilled chicken salad is the perfect 20 minute meal to please the whole family!