Easy Dinner Idea: Spicy Summer Cobb Salad

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One of my favorite things about summer is the simplicity of summer meals. And it doesn’t get any more simple than salads. So I created a summer Cobb Salad that is both flavorful and puts a tasty spin on what you know a traditional Cobb Salad to be.

Back when I was a big TV head, I used to watch this show called Curb Your Enthusiasm. Have you heard of it? It was created by Larry David, the co-founder of Seinfeld.

So Larry goes to this restaurant and orders a Cobb Salad. All is fine and good except that when Larry orders the salad, he requests no bacon, no eggs, and mentions that he wants his cheese on the side. It was hilarious because by the time you make all of those omissions, you’re really not eating a Cobb Salad any more.

Another guest sitting at the dinner table is frustrated with Larry’s order and calls him out on how he ordered the Cobb Salad.

I promise that you won’t get frustrated with me though. This Cobb Salad has the traditional fixings except that it’s also dairy free, so there’s no cheese. I also upgraded the dressing to a spicy, special homemade balsamic dressing that you’ll absolutely love.

So it’s healthier for you while being upgraded in flavor. Nah… you won’t miss a thing.

I used Perdue Grilled chicken strips that came in my order. You can order from PerdueFarms without leaving the comfort and convenience of your home.

Tip: Of course, you can use any chicken breast you like but, a super easy dinner hack is having these cooked grilled chicken strips on hand.

The chicken strips are made from 100% natural white chicken breasts, without fillers or preservatives.

Perdue Farms is not just about chicken though. They also have beef, lamb, pork, burgers, steak, bacon and more.

I also scooped up some Niman Ranch bacon in one of my recent orders and it came in pretty handy for the summer Cobb Salad too.

Feel free to use my link to get 15% off your order at Perdue Farms. Get the chicken and bacon for your salad and any of your other premium protein needs.

There’s not much to putting this salad together either. The chicken strips take a mere 8-9 minutes to heat up in the oven.

When it comes to bacon, you can fry it, grill it or bake it.

I tend to prefer the texture I get from baked bacon so that’s what I used for this recipe. Juicy ripe tomatoes, creamy avocados and perfectly cooked boiled eggs are also important.

If you want to know how to cook the perfect boiled eggs, then you’ll want to read this post: How to Cook the Perfect Boiled Eggs before you start.

This healthy dinner salad is topped with the best dressing. Feel free to use this spicy balsamic vinaigrette recipe on your other salad recipes as well.

It’s also best to shake it or stir it before each use so that you can get the goodness out of every bite.

Are you ready to try something good? Try this easy dinner idea for summer Cobb Salad below.

Yield: 4

Summer Cobb Salad

Summer Cobb Salad

A delicious dairy free recipe for summer cobb salad that'll leave you wanting more with each bite.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 11- ounces Perdue 100% Grilled Chicken Breast Strips (1/2 bag)
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 1 vine ripened tomato
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tsp honey (I like wild or Manuka)
  • 2 small cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp chives


  1. Cook 1/2 bag of grilled chicken strips according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. To make dressing: in small bowl combine vinegar, honey, garlic, all pepper, salt and chives.
  3. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and beat well with whisk and set aside.
  4. In large serving bowl, tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Remove the center pit, peel and slice the avocado.
  6. Cut bacon into even strips, slice eggs and tomatoes.
  7. Arrange chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, eggs and red onions on top of the lettuce.
  8. Drizzle the salad with the balsamic vinaigrette dressing right before serving.


To save time both eggs and bacon can be prepared and refrigerated ahead of time.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 808Total Fat 59gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 44gCholesterol 292mgSodium 729mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 14gSugar 15gProtein 44g

Don’t forget to order your favorite cuts of beef, chicken, pork and more from Perdue Farms. They also have organic chicken!

Thanks to Perdue Farms for sponsoring this post.

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