Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe

filed under: Food + Drink on January 1, 2019

This Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad is made even more magical by the beautiful rainbow pattern! Not only will your kids oohh and aahh over how beautiful it is, but they will actually get excited about eating it! I have to admit, it is one of my favorite salads to make for friends and family too! Be sure to check out my more traditional Delux Cobb Salad. (I love this salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing too!)

Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad!

Chicken Cobb Salad

One of my favorite meals in the world is a Cobb Salad.  It has a little of everything; meat (usually chicken), greens/vegetables.  This particular version of a Cobb Salad has all of that as well as some fruit and bacon!

Cobb Salads are usually loaded with greens, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, chicken, avocado, and cheese. A truly traditional Cobb Salad uses 4 different kinds of lettuce; watercress, endives, iceberg, and romaine. My cobb salad is made with a salad mix. To keep me (and maybe you) from buying several different types of greens that may never be used again, I used a head of lettuce.


Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad!Cobb Salad Ingredients

I will name them in Rainbow order, but feel free to assemble this salad in whichever way you are most comfortable with!

  • Tomato– I love a Roma with this salad because there are fewer seeds, but I have also used beefeater chopped fine and cherry tomatoes. If you are not following the rainbow theme, feel free to use the flavorful yellow, orange, and purple tomatoes too!
  • Bacon– This is a staple in a cobb salad and I can see why. Crispy, salty, and a perfect compliment to all those fabulous vegetables. I highly recommend making bacon instead of buying bacon bits.
  • Carrots– freshly shredded carrots are a great pop of color not to mention awesome texture in a salad. I used standard carrots, but you could use any variety of colors like red, yellow, white, or purple. We LOVE purple carrots in a cobb salad, they always seem to be the most flavorful!
  • Yellow Peppers – Great texture and a sweet addition to this salad. If you don’t like the mild heat of a yellow pepper, feel free to use hard-boiled eggs instead!
  • Corn– I used canned corn in this salad and while it’s amazing I have to share my secret way to make this salad OVER THE TOP amazing. Roasting the corn on a sheet pan with a little oil for about 10 minutes. It’s a game-changer. You can even use the pan that the bacon was cooked on!
  • Avocado – What is there to be said? If you don’t like avocado feel free to omit it, but I can’t imagine a cobb salad without it. A ripe avocado will be more firm and easier to slice.
  • Blueberries– This just might be the most controversial part of this salad and yes, you can leave them out. But I beg you to try this salad as-is at least once!
  • Purple Cabbage– A great substitution for cabbage would be purple onions, but who doesn’t like purple cabbage in a salad?
  • Grilled Chicken– This is one of those salads that is amazing all year long because you can grill chicken outside, on your stovetop, or even bake chicken. I went pretty basic with salt and pepper, but feel free to season it to your tastes. Remember the dressing will add a big flavor punch too!

Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad!

Cobb Salad Variations

You could make create:

  • A taco-inspired Cobb Salad by adding taco seasoned grilled chicken, black beans, corn, and tortilla strips.
  • A Mediterranean Cobb Salad by adding roasted red peppers, artichokes, chickpeas, pancetta, and Italian flavored chicken.
  • A Thai Cobb Salad by adding ginger-flavored chicken, pickled vegetables like carrots and cucumber, fresh red peppers, and avocados.
  • Finally, you can change up your Cobb salad simply using your favorite dressing!


Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad!


The recipe is for a quick assembly, but do feel free to customize in a way that is most pleasing to you! There are endless varieties, but I really do love this one as is. And even though it would no longer technically be a cobb salad, I love a breaded chicken strip on this salad too!

Grilled Chicken Rainbow Cobb Salad!


Of course, if you want to really have fun with your food, put it all in a jar!  Not only is this beautiful, but convenient. (You may want to chop your ingredients a bit finer.) Place it all in a jar then head out for a picnic with your family! I love that this is also a great meal-prep option and that you can assemble it ahead of time.

Cobb Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A fun and fanciful way to enjoy a Cobb Salad! Feel free to toss all ingredients together right before serving.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cobb salad
Servings: 4
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head lettuce, rinsed and shredded
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 avocado, cut into slices
  • 1 cup corn, can be freshly cooked or canned
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 2 whole large carrots, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 roma tomatoes, cut into round sections
  • Vinaigrette salad dressing to taste
  1. Prepare ½ pound bacon. I put mine in the oven at 425°F for 15-18 minutes. Remove when crispy and place on paper towel to drain excess fat. 

  2. While bacon is baking, coat chicken in salt and pepper and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes per side or until juices run clear. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

  3. Place shredded lettuce in a large bowl or serving platter. Add all vegetable’s, chopped bacon, and chicken on top of lettuce. (See the video to create a rainbow salad pattern.)

  4. Pour vinaigrette over everything.
  5. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

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  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    Taste the rainbow! So pretty!

  • sue/the view from great island says:

    Gorgeous — and that little bit of ‘bacon brown’ really fills out the rainbow perfectly!!

  • JudyP says:

    That’s just beautiful and it just made me hit myself in the head and say “why didn’t I think of that”. It’s so simple really yet really beautiful.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh, I didn’t invent this or anything!! Pretty sure there are a million cobb salad recipes. 🙂

  • Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    This is all sorts of gorgeous, girlyfriend!

    • Amanda says:

      Well thank you sweety!

  • Verona says:

    Vinaigrette drsg-Purchased or homemade?

    • Amanda says:

      I purchased mine. 🙂

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom says:

    I’m all about colorful, fresh salads!! love this! esp the portable salad in a jar! love love love! checking out the recipe now!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Alice!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    So gorgeous Amanda! The colors are just so fun!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Jenny!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    First off, I loooooove ALDI’s, second of, GORGEOUS salad, I totally want to taste the rainbow lol! The photos are so pretty!

  • Tracy | Pale Yellow says:

    Love, love, love! Especially the mason jar version, perfect for work!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I heart this salad so much. And bacon bacon bacon!!

  • Patricia Bunch says:

    AMANDA. I LOVE💖 YOU. THANKS. Cobb Salad Delicious & My Family Loves You. Again Many Thanks Patricia

  • Barb J Liff says:

    Your recipes look great and I would love to try them but because I am a new diabetic with a celiac condition, I need to know the stats on the recipes. Total carbs and calories and if its gluten free. Some recipes do give that info but many don’t. Just a

  • Angela Kluver says:

    DO you have a recipe for vinaigrette dressing? Or recondations? We’re on the keto, low carb diet so need something that will fit in those guidelines. Thank you for sharing all your recipes! Cannot wait to try them out. They all look and sound delicious!