Everyone loves a classic Cobb Salad—it’s a quintessential American dish with a cool history to boot. Devised in 1937 by Robert Cobb of the legendary Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, it became a favorite among celebrities and movie stars who nicknamed it Cobb’s Salad. The dish’s popularity spread, and while the Brown Derby is no longer, the salad is a staple at hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the country.
The good news about this delicious salad is that, with a few simple modifications, it’s ideal for those on diets and easy weight loss programs. In addition, it’s packed with flavor and many of the essential nutrients the staff at our medical weight loss clinics recommend. Eggs are considered a complete protein, which means they contain all the essential amino acids our bodies need to function properly, as well as choline, lutein and zeaxanthin, among other vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are loaded with the powerful antioxidant, lycopene, as well as three other major carotenoids, including lutein, alpha- and beta-carotene, which all work together synergistically to maximize their benefits. Avocados are rich in fiber, potassium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. The nutrients listed above don’t even cover half of the ingredients in this nutritional powerhouse of a salad.
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4 ounces grilled, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups romaine lettuce
1 small avocado, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
½ cup cucumbers, chopped
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
2 slices cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1/4 cup Feta cheese
Your favorite vinaigrette dressing
Thius Cobb Salad is incredibly easy to make—it’s all about how much time you want to put into its presentation. Simply tear apart or cut the lettuce and put into a large salad bowl. Slice or cube the chicken and add it, followed by the tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, scallions and egg slices. Sprinkle the Feta cheese, crumbled bacon and chopped chives over the top. Add your favorite dressing and toss.