To say I love salads is an understatement. And I'm not talking about a pathetic salad with roughly chopped iceberg lettuce, lazily diced tomatoes, and some store-bought ranch dressing. I'm talking about real salads that are packed full of nourishing produce, lean protein, and incredible flavor!
These salads might take a little extra time to prepare, but they are well worth the effort. In fact, this Southwestern Cobb Salad is everything you could ever want in a salad and MORE! It also happens to be my new favorite salad recipe here on the blog.
Cobb salad is a hearty American salad that dates back to the 1930s. Although there are a few different claims on the origin of the salad, the most recognized story comes from Hollywood in 1937.
Robert Cobb, a chef in an acclaimed Hollywood restaurant, hadn't eating anything all day long and needed a quick midnight meal before heading home. He threw a bunch of leftover ingredients from the kitchen into a big bowl and tossed them in his signature French dressing. This later became what we know now as the Cobb Salad.
Although it's not much of a story, cobb salads are common across the United States in both restaurants and homes alike. The ingredients are simple, tasty, and come together quickly for a delicious and hearty salad.
Traditionally, cobb salads are made with mixed greens, grilled chicken, crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs, chopped tomatoes, diced avocado, Roquefort cheese, minced chives, and a light vinaigrette.
Cobb salads are served with a mixture of leafy greens, grilled chicken, crumbled cheese, and a light vinaigrette.
Chef salads are served with chopped lettuce, cubed deli meats (ie ham or turkey), cubed cheddar cheese, diced cucumbers, and a creamy dressing.
Both salads have diced tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, and avocados.
While this healthy cobb salad is made with traditional ingredients like mixed greens, crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs, chopped tomatoes, and diced avocado, I added tex-mex favorites like:
Ok ok if you've made it this far, congratulations! Now it's time to enjoy the best healthy Southwestern Cobb Salad!
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This Healthy Southwestern Cobb Salad is a Mexican twist on the classic California cobb salad with quinoa, black beans, charred corn, Mexican cheese, cilantro, and an avocado ranch dressing. It's so hearty you won't miss the chicken!
*Only toss the salad in the dressing if serving immediately with the expectation of little to no leftovers. If preparing for individual meal prep, use 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving. If preparing for a later event (more than 4 hours after preparation), toss with dressing just before serving.
**If serving as a side dish, divide all nutrition facts in half to accomodate 8 servings.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/4 of the prepared salad, including dressing.
Serving: 1/4 salad / Calories: 525 / Fat: 22g / Saturated Fat: 4.6g / Sodium: 792mg / Carbohydrates: 52.8g / Fiber: 15.8g / Sugar: 7g / Protein: 25.8g
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