6 net carbs

Cobb Salad

Discover the irresistible harmony of flavors in our Cobb Salad with balsamic dressing, featuring crisp lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, blue cheese, and cherry tomatoes—a mouthwatering masterpiece that will leave you craving more.

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Cobb Salad

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Low-Carb Cobb Salad [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Indulge in a tantalizing medley of flavors and textures with our irresistible cobb salad recipe. This classic salad is elevated to new heights by combining crisp lettuce, tender grilled chicken, creamy avocado, smoky bacon, tangy blue cheese, and vibrant cherry tomatoes. Tossed in a luscious balsamic dressing that adds the perfect touch of sweetness and acidity, this salad promises a delightful harmony of tastes that will leave your taste buds begging for more. Get ready to experience a salad like no other, a mouthwatering masterpiece that will have you reaching for seconds.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 6 g
*Net carbs are per serving


Cobb salad

  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ¾ pound cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered or roughly chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, diced and cooked
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • cup red onion, sliced

Balsamic dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijob mustard
  • salt and black pepper


  • *Skip this step if your ingredients are already cooked.* In a skillet over medium heat, cook diced bacon until crisp and fully cooked. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. In the same skillet, sear each side of the chicken breast for 2-3 minutes, or until golden. Add 1/4 cup water to the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Allow chicken to cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 165F/75C. Remove chicken from heat. Once cooled, slice or dice the chicken. In a small saucepan, add enough water to cover eggs by 1”. Bring water to a boil. Carefully lower your eggs into the boiling water using a slotted spoon or skimmer. Set a timer for 14 minutes. When the timer is up, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water. Once the eggs have cooled completely, crack the shells, peel, and quarter the eggs.
  • Combine all the Cobb salad ingredients onto a large plate or bowl - romaine lettuce, chicken breast, grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and red onion. You can either lay the lettuce down first and then arrange each topping in rows or sections OR toss all ingredients together until well combined.
    Top view of low-carb cobb salad assembled in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl or jar, combine all the ingredients for the balsamic dressing - olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and Dijon mustard. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Mix vigorously with a small fork or whisk. Or seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until fully combined.
    Top view of mixing balsamic dressing for low-carb cobb salad.
  • Add dressing just before serving. Enjoy!




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Serving size

This recipe makes 4 servings as a side dish. If you will be eating this dish as a main dish, instead of a side dish, this recipe should yield 2-3 servings. If all of the salad will not be eaten in the same meal, we recommend keeping all of the cobb salad ingredients separate and assembling the salad when ready to eat.

Ingredient modifications

Cobb salad is a delicious and hearty salad full of vitamins, fiber, and nutrients. This recipe is also easily modifiable. You can substitute or replace ingredients as desired or even use a different salad dressing if preferred. The nutrition information on the recipe is calculated using the ingredients listed; making changes to the ingredients and/or dressing may change the nutrition for this recipe.

Balsamic dressing

This delicious Cobb salad has a tangy balsamic dressing. Depending on how much dressing you like, you may have a bit of leftover salad dressing. For this reason, we recommend assembling the salad and adding the dressing to your liking after.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Cobb salad recipe Keto?

Yes. this Cobb salad has 6 grams of net carbs per serving, making this recipe a good choice if you’re following a Keto diet.

Is this low-carb Cobb salad recipe gluten-free?

Yes! This recipe is naturally gluten-free!

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: To make ahead, pre-cook chicken breast, bacon, and eggs, and chop/dice all ingredients. Keep ingredients separate, and dressing separate, until ready to eat. 
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover cobb salad in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The salad will store better if the ingredients are kept separate until ready to eat.
  • Freezing instructions: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe. Lettuce is often soggy when thawed after freezing.
  • To reheat: N/A

Additional Details

Cobb salad is a classic American dish that combines fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors, and a delightful mix of textures. With its colorful assortment of vegetables, protein-rich toppings, and a tangy dressing, Cobb salad is a perfect choice for those seeking a healthy and satisfying meal. In this article, we’ll explore a delicious Cobb salad recipe tailored to suit the dietary needs of individuals with diabetes. Packed with essential nutrients, this low-carb version of Cobb salad is a flavorful and diabetes-friendly option that will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied.

Benefits of Cobb Salad for People with Diabetes

The Cobb salad recipe we’re about to explore offers numerous benefits for individuals with diabetes. Here’s why it’s a great choice for those managing their blood sugar levels:

  • Low in Carbohydrates: This Cobb salad recipe is designed to be low in carbs, making it suitable for individuals with diabetes. By keeping the carbohydrate content in check, it helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels.
  • Rich in Fiber: The abundance of fresh vegetables in Cobb salad provides a good amount of dietary fiber. Fiber slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, aiding in better blood sugar control and promoting overall digestive health.
  • Balanced Macronutrients: This recipe incorporates a balance of lean protein, healthy fats, and nutrient-dense vegetables. The combination of these macronutrients helps stabilize blood sugar levels, providing sustained energy and reducing the risk of blood sugar fluctuations.
  • Antioxidant-Rich Ingredients: The vibrant vegetables used in Cobb salad, such as lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados, are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight oxidative stress, which is particularly important for individuals with diabetes as they are at a higher risk of developing complications related to oxidative damage.
  • Customizable Toppings: Cobb salad allows for personalization and flexibility, so you can adjust the toppings based on your taste preferences and dietary needs. This flexibility allows you to tailor the salad to suit your unique health requirements.

Cobb Salad Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • Cooked bacon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Cobb Salad

  • Start by washing the romaine lettuce thoroughly and tearing it into bite-sized pieces. Place the lettuce in a large salad bowl.
  • Next, slice the grilled chicken breast into thin strips and arrange it over the lettuce. The grilled chicken adds a lean source of protein to the salad.
  • Peel and chop the hard-boiled eggs, then add them to the salad bowl.
  • Peel the avocado, remove the pit, and slice it into cubes. Add the avocado cubes to the salad bowl.
  • Rinse the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half. Add them to the salad bowl, along with thinly sliced cucumber and red onion.
  • If desired, sprinkle crumbled blue cheese and cooked bacon over the salad for added flavor and texture.
  • Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

  • Dressing: You can drizzle the salad with a light vinaigrette or opt for a homemade dressing with diabetes-friendly ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard.
  • Protein Options: Apart from chicken, you can substitute or add other protein sources such as grilled shrimp, hard-boiled quail eggs, or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon and blue cheese to make this salad suitable for vegetarians.
  • Texture Boosters: Consider adding roasted nuts or seeds, such as almonds or pumpkin seeds, to enhance the texture and nutritional profile of the salad.

Storage Instructions

To maintain the freshness of the salad, it’s best to dress it just before serving. However, you can prep the ingredients ahead of time and store them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Assemble the salad by combining the ingredients and adding the dressing when you’re ready to enjoy it.

Indulge in the goodness of a nourishing and flavorful Cobb salad that caters to the dietary needs of individuals with diabetes. This low-carb recipe offers an array of benefits, from supporting stable blood sugar levels to providing essential nutrients and antioxidants. With its customizable toppings and vibrant ingredients, the Cobb salad allows for versatility while promoting overall well-being. Enjoy this diabetes-friendly salad as a satisfying meal option that keeps you nourished and energized throughout the day.

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