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The Famous Cobb Salad

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 0 min | Total: 15 min | Servings:6..

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Here we have the famous Cobb Salad! It's not really known where this particular salad originated, but it generally seems to be attributed to The Brown Derby restaurant in the late 1920's or 1930's. It's a 90 year old salad and ... it's great for a low carb way of life!

It's got a wide mixture of salad greens, vegetables and healthy fats from a variety of ingredients. In fact, the odd assortment of ingredients, while building a truly healthy and wonderful combination of fats and nutrients, is a bit puzzling to me. After having made it and combing through information about the salad, I really have begun to subscribe to the idea that Robert Howard Cobb (the owner of the Brown Derby) was hungry, late one night, and raided his kitchen. He grabbed a little of this ... and a little of that, combining a random assortment of fresh prepared ingredients, tossed them into a bowl and topped it all with salad dressing!

I'm sure he loved it so much ... it became a staple!

One of the great things about this salad is, it's less than 4 carbs, but it's a massive bowl of good foods. Even at induction levels, this still leaves more than 16 carbs for the rest of the day. The "steak and eggs" diet, my eye!

Note: This recipe implies you have a few precooked, chilled, ready-to-go ingredients. Pay close attention to the list of ingredients, as the salad "can" be a bit time consuming, just gathering the stuff!

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SaladCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 cup (50g)  belgian endive, chopped8002200
1 cup (34g)  watercress, stems removed and coursely chopped4010000
1 cup (72g)  iceberg lettuce, shredded10012101
1 cups (47g)  romaine lettuce, washed and cut into ribbons8.1541.58100.58
4 each (344g)  cooked and chilled chicken breast halves (skin on, if possible)568121080000
12 slices (336g)  bacon, pre-cooked and crispy!8436120000
2 each (100g)  hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped or cut in half15511121001
4 oz (112g)  quality Roquefort cheese, crumbled413.2834.7224.642.24002.24
1/2 lb (227g)  cherry tomatoes, washed, dried and halved or quartered41.1602.58.742.506.24
2 whole (272g)  avocados, peeled and sliced or diced554426241806
4 whole (60g)  green onions (scallions), sliced19.
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
DressingCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
2 each (6g)  garlic cloves, minced8002002
1 tbsp (15g)  dijon mustard12.38.59.741.46.600.86
1 tbsp (15.25g)  lemon juice, freshly squeezed3.820.061.32.0601.26
2 tbsp (30g)  red wine vinegar5.6500.13000.13
1/4 cup (54g)  extra virgin olive oil, good quality (Buy Now) 477.55400000
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 6 Servings):2371.99190.46g173.14g50.67g26.96g0g23.71g
Per Serving:395.3331.74g28.86g8.45g4.49g0g3.95g *


  1. Assemble the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl, or nicely presented in 4 smaller salad bowls. Start by mixing the salad greens, then layering the remaining ingredients on the top. Be sure to season the tomatoes with a little salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Whisk it well, to form a slightly creamy consistency. The mustard should help form an emulsified red wine vinaigrette. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve!


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Cherie, that's a fun little note! I'll be sure to include it whenever I share this story as an anecdote. It makes as much sense as anything else I've heard!

 DJ  3/26/2014


I have always loved cobb salads and heard the same story of it's origin. But I also heard that the reason Mr. Cobb was roaming the Brown Derby kitchen late at night was that he had been to the dentist that day and had been unable to eat, was by evening hungry and needed something cut into small bites. Voila! The Cobb Salad! I don't know how true it is...but it sounds as good a story to me as is the salad! It's great to see this recipe on your website...thanks for all the great low carb ideas and info!

 Cherie Savage  3/26/2014