Honey Dijon Chicken Cobb Salad: Take the traditional Cobb salad up a notch with this flavorful Honey Dijon Chicken Cobb Salad.
Packed with nutrients, this Cobb salad recipe can be eaten as a main dish. Filling, flavorful, and fantastic!
I love the Cobb salad ingredients and with the added honey Dijon twist, this salad is a winner! Make this chicken Cobb salad for a lunch or dinner and feel happy and full for the rest of the day.
What is a Cobb Salad?
Cobb salad is a favorite salad. Why do so many people love it? Well I think people love Cobb salad because it has a little something for everybody.
Okay so when you think salad, you think lettuce, right? Check! Cobb salad not only has one type of mixed greens, but it has a variety.
Okay so what’s next? Well I don’t know about you, but I love a little meat in my salad. Check! Check! Most Cobb salad recipes contain bacon or ham and chicken. Obviously this cobb salad has a fantastic honey mustard chicken that is mouthwatering.
Then in addition to all these filling elements, there are also hard boiled eggs, avocados, and cheese in a Cobb salad recipe.
Lastly, of course you have your veggies like tomatoes and green onions as part of your Cobb salad ingredients. Plus, we already mentioned the mixed greens or lettuce in the salad.
Basic Ingredients in a Cobb Salad:
- Mixed Greens (iceberg lettuce, endives, watercress)
- Tomatoes and Green Onions
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Honey Mustard Chicken
Super salad is a Cobb salad, in my opinion.
What is the Difference Between a Chef and Cobb Salad?
I personally like both Chef and Cobb salads and the truth is if you like a Cobb salad there is a good chance you will like a Chef Salad. There are definitely some similarities.
They both have lettuce, hard boiled eggs, meat, and cheese. However, a Cobb salad has crumbled Roquefort cheese, whereas a Chef salad nowadays usually contains Swiss and cheddar cheese, although some say that in earlier times Chef salad used Roquefort cheese as well.
Also, Cobb salad has avocado and mixed greens where a Chef salad usually just has one one type of lettuce, Romaine.
Some Differences Between Chef and Cobb Salad:
- Cobb Salad has a Mixture of Greens
- Cobb Salad and Chef Salad use Different Cheeses
- Cobb Salad has Avocado
Is Cobb Salad Good for You?
I personally think that Cobb salad has a lot of good things in it. However, don’t let the fact that it has salad in the title make you think that you can binge on several large portions.
What’s Good about Cobb Salad?
- Avocados have Great Benefits
What’s Unhealthy about Cobb Salad?
We have to face the facts that bacon, although delicious, is not really that good for you. I know it’s heart breaking, but there is a reason that it is referred to as the candy of the meats. Usually Cobb salad recipes contain bacon or ham.
Also, just like with any salad, some salads can be smothered in fattening dressings, making a salad high in calories. This concern though is not a concern specific to Cobb salad alone. Watch for this with salad in general.
Lastly, if you gorge yourself on large portions of meat and cheese the calories can get up there.
How to Make Cobb Salad Healthier?
If you’re super worried about your caloric intake and limiting unnecessary fat, you can easily take out things like bacon and practice portion control on other higher calorie ingredients.
For example, avocados are higher in calories, but they are a considered a healthy fat. So maybe eat a half of one or whole one in your salad so you can have the benefits it offers, but maybe don’t have five avocados.
Honey Dijon Chicken Cobb Salad and Other Salads to Try
If you like Cobb salad, boy are you in for a treat with my Honey Dijon Chicken Cobb Salad recipe. It’s packed with a burst of honey Dijon flavor and accompanied with the great signature Cobb salad ingredients, making this dish a perfect marriage of flavors.
Once you try my Cobb salad recipe, you are going to be itching to try some other great salads. Check out Eazy Peazy Mealz Mexican Corn Salad or Eazy Peazy Mealz Classic (Easy) Greek Salad. Both are great salads to serve as a side or to share while socializing with friends at lunch.
Honey Dijon Chicken Cobb Salad
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 lb
- Salt and pepper
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1½ cups heavy cream or whole milk
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 cup dijon mustard
- 1 Tbs spicy brown mustard
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 cups Romain lettuce chopped
- 4 hard boiled eggs sliced
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
- 4 pieces of bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup red onion diced
- 1 cup sliced cucumber
- Place chicken between pieces of plastic wrap, and use a meat mallet to pound chicken until even thickness
- Season with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides.
- Put olive oil in a large skillet, and turn on to medium heat.
- Cook chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- To make the sauce, keep the pan over medium heat and melt the butter. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so until fragrant. Add milk. Whisk in honey and dijon mustard and spicy brown until incorporated. Stir in paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove half the sauce, and set aside.
- Chop chicken up, and toss in remaining sauce.
- Divide Romain lettuce between 4 bowls
- Top the 4 bowls evenly with diced chicken, sliced hard boiled eggs, sliced avocado, halved tomatoes, crumbled bacon, diced red onion, and sliced cucumbers.
- Serve with remaining honey mustard sauce as dressing.
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