I love love love a good cobb salad. Something about how all the flavors and textures come together is just addictingly good. This grilled romaine cobb salad is easy, classic, and tossed with my grandma’s famous cobb dressing.
I don’t ever member liking cobb salad this much, but boy is it something I crave these days. There’s just so much flavor going on when you do it right. I like to go heavy on all the ingredients to avoid a big pile of iceberg lettuce with a few things scattered here and there.
I’m talking crispy bacon, grilled chicken, smoky charred romaine, creamy avocado, fresh cherry tomatoes, tangy crumbled blue cheese, tart cherries, and traditional hard-boiled eggs. And lots of it!
See? So good, what’s not to like?!
Grilling the romaine adds so much extra flavor to this cobb salad. I only grill it for about 2 minutes in total, tossing it back and forth so that all sides develop a slight char and the lettuce becomes tender. Definitely keep an eye on it as it grills. You don’t want it to cook down so far that it fully wilts.
The finishing touch to all of this is my grandma’s dressing. It’s what we ate growing up whenever her or my mom would make a cobb salad. It’s sweet and full of spices such as paprika and celery salt, which adds just a nice subtle flavor and rounds everything out.
So…go fire up the grill and enjoy this holiday weekend with a vibrant cobb salad before the fall season fully sets in!
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp diced onion
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 8 oz raw bacon
- 4 chicken breasts
- vegetable oil
- kosher salt
- 6 heads romaine
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup tart cherries, pitted (optional)
- 6 oz crumbled blue cheese
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, halved
- 1. Add the white vinegar, sugar, diced onion, paprika, dry mustard, celery salt, and kosher salt to a blender. Blend well until fully combined.
- 2. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the oil until emulsified. Pour into a container and set aside. Whisk before using.
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lay the bacon out in one even layer onto a foil-lined sheet pan. Cook the bacon until crisp, about 25-30 minute. Transfer the bacon to paper towels and let cool.
- 2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill over high heat. Toss the chicken breasts with enough oil just to coat and season them with a generous pinch of salt.
- 3. Grill the chicken breasts by placing them on the hottest part of the grill. Sear on the first side until nice grill marks appear, then flip the chicken over. Once seared on the second side, transfer the chicken to a warm part of the grill, cover the grill top, and finish cooking through (about 6-10 minutes; all chicken breasts will cook differently depending on their thickness).
- 4. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover loosely with foil to let rest for about 5 minutes.
- 5. Meanwhile, toss the heads of romaine with a little oil and season with a generous pinch of salt. Grill the romaine, keeping the root intact, just until itâ€™s charred on all sides and slightly tender (only about 2 minutes total).
- 6. Cut the chicken into thin slices and roughly chop the charred romaine.
- 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the romaine, chicken, and arugula. Crumble the bacon and add it to the bowl.
- 2. Add the avocado, cherry tomatoes, tart cherries, crumbled blue cheese, and hard-boiled eggs, saving a little of each ingredient to use for garnish.
- 3. Add the dressing to the bowl little by little, tossing gently until the ingredients are well coated, but not drenched (save any extra dressing; you may not need to use it all).
- 4. Taste the salad and season with salt as needed.
- 5. Plate the salad on a large platter or serving bowl. Garnish with the reserved ingredients. Drizzle a little bit more dressing over top.