Cobb Salad Platter

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cobb salad recipe

What’s great about these salad boards (like my Waldorf and Fall Burrata versions) is that your ingredients will stay fresh for guests to make their serving at their leisure. No more worrying about dressing your salad at the last minute, or tossing away great ingredients just because they sat at the bottom of the salad bowl! 

You can make this board and let your guests enjoy it at their leisure. It’s one of the reasons I love grazing boards so much, you can really enjoy the company of your guests without all the worry and prep of cooking a big meal. Plus you get to extend the length of time of your meal. 

what is a cobb salad

What is a Cobb Salad?

A Cobb salad is a very classic version of a chopped salad, which basically just means that all of the ingredients are bite-sized and ready to be mixed up all together.

Most typically a Cobb has the following ingredients: chopped lettuce (often iceberg or romaine), tomato, crisp bacon, grilled or roasted (but not fried) chicken, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, and Roquefort cheese, with a simple vinaigrette. It’s very flavorful and protein rich. 

If you want to make it a vegetarian Cobb, you could substitute chickpeas for the chicken, or a meatless protein. Other ingredients I’ve seen people add to a classic Cobb include, black olives, more flavorful greens like watercress, endive, or arugula (mixed with the base lettuce), chopped green onions, or mushrooms. 

What’s on This Salad Board? 

I went for the classic ingredients and laid them all out in rows on a large platter over my greens.

  • Chopped Romaine- the based layer under the ingredients.
  • Chicken—cubed up, grilled breast meat. 
  • Bacon—I crisped up some bacon, let it cool and then crushed it into bite-sized pieces. You can also cube it up first then cook it on the stovetop.  
  • Blue cheese—I didn’t go for the traditional Roquefort here, mine’s just a regular stinky and crumbly blue cheese. Focus on finding one that crumbles easily, and is flavorful enough to contrast the other ingredients in the bowl. 
  • Cucumber—chopped into cubes, I used a regular english cucumber. Persian cucumbers are also a great option, just slice them into rounds. 
  • Tomato—chopped into small bite-sized pieces, I used cherry tomatoes sliced in half. 
  • Avocado—make sure you get a ripe one! You can squeeze just a few drops of lemon juice on top so that it doesn’t brown. 
  • Dressing—any vinaigrette will do nicely, I used an olive oil and balsamic based one. Use your favorite and it will be great! 
cobb salad recipe ingredients
cobb salad ingredients

When to Serve This? 

A Cobb salad is hearty and light at the same time. It makes for a really simple lunch time meal, you really don’t need much else with it. If you are serving a crowd, pair it with some crusty bread, a soup, or a small cheese platter. 

See the Italian Chopped Salad Board for two ways to serve this platter (toppings board vs. platter with lettuce under like you see here). 

Show Me Your Salads

I want to see your versions of this Cobb salad board, I love seeing what you create. If you post a board inspired by this one, please tag @ainttoooproudtomeg so I can see and share! 

And, If you liked this board recipe, please rate and review. 

Photos by: Haley Hunt Davis

Cobb Salad Platter

5 from 6 votes


What’s in a cobb salad? Gather all these Cobb Salad ingredients and lay them out beautiful on a platter. It's hand's down the best way to serve a healthy Cobb salad.



  • Blue Cheese


  • Grilled Chicken
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Bacon


  • Avocado
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green Onion


  • Dressing of choice. I used a Balsamic Vinegarette


  • Pre-chop all items that will go on the salad, including the romaine lettuce
  • Lay down a base of chopped romaine on the whole platter
  • Start layering ingredients in order of the photo (or similar) to showcase contrasting colors and keeping similar colors seperate
  • Serve Dressing of choice on the side
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10 Reviews

  1. Mary Wurzberger wrote:

    This looks amazing!

    Posted 4.24.21 Reply
  2. Erin wrote:

    5 stars
    I love Cobb salad and the food styling on this looks amazing. I think I found my go-to summer salad!

    Posted 4.24.21 Reply
  3. Lea wrote:

    Oh this looks so fresh and amazing, Meg!!!

    Posted 1.20.22 Reply
  4. Betty wrote:

    Just caught a glimpse of your beautifully presented Cobb Salad Platter and wondered how your guests go about serving themselves with this presentation? With the greens on the bottom how do they get a bit of everything on their plates? I would love to try making one, and this had me a bit stumped.
    Your creations are lovely, and I wish you much success!

    Posted 9.20.22 Reply
    • Skye MacAllister wrote:

      5 stars
      I always make a Cobb individually. Tradition is, that if you make a large platter Cobb, that after all the oooh’s and ahhh’s, it is gently mixed together, otherwise, people will hog their favorite parts. I always use the original Cobb Salad dressing. It’s swell.

      Posted 2.17.23 Reply
      • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

        I agree. I like to lay it out like this and pre-mix when possible. You’re so right, people will take all the goodies 🙂

        Posted 2.17.23 Reply
  5. Courtney Wells wrote:

    5 stars
    This is the only way I bring salads anymore and people love you for it!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  6. Stephanie Schwartz wrote:

    5 stars
    Love these ingredients!

    Posted 11.28.22 Reply
  7. Laurie Baker wrote:

    5 stars
    This cobb salad platter is stunning, I think it improves my appetite, thanks to your recipe, I learned how to make cobb salad platter

    Posted 1.12.23 Reply
  8. Laurie Baker wrote:

    5 stars
    It’s the first time I’ve seen such delicious Cobb Salad Platter.

    Posted 3.23.23 Reply