This classic but healthy chicken Cobb salad is loaded with toppings like chicken, bacon, avocado, jammy eggs, and topped with ranch dressing. Whole30 and dairy free, there’s no cheese but you’d never, ever miss it! An awesome filling salad recipe and great for meal prep, too.

A classic healthy chicken cobb salad on a white plate

Elaine Benes was onto something with her infamous request: the Big Salad. And honestly, I don’t know what all the fuss was about. Any salad lover knows that intense craving for a refreshing and crisp salad that’s loaded with tons of toppings and is bigger than your head.

You with me? Yes? Yes.

This healthy chicken Cobb salad is dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30 since there’s no cheese – blue or otherwise – and the ranch dressing is dairy free, too. But you can absolutely always add whatever dairy strikes your fancy or use your favorite dressing (Ranch is perfect, but blue cheese or a vinaigrette are delicious, too.) if you’re not on a particular diet that restricts dairy consumption.

Why This Chicken Cobb Salad Is So Good

  • It’s loaded with classic Cobb salad toppings like chicken, bacon, grape tomatoes, avocado, and eggs. Topped with ranch dressing for a creamy, filling entree salad!
  • The eggs are jammy and creamy. The yolks are set, but they’re still oh so rich and perfect.
  • It’s healthy, made from scratch, Whole30, paleo, and dairy free. Suitable for just about everyone (Except vegans and vegetarians, of course!).
  • It’s great as a meal prep!

How to Make This Healthy Whole30 Cobb Salad

The only important process to know for this paleo chicken Cobb salad is how to create perfectly jammy eggs. I go into detail in my Perfect Easy Peel Hard and Soft Boiled Eggs article and share my hands-down favorite method for boiled eggs that are just right and super crazy easy to peel.

Here are the Spark notes: Boil water and add a glug of vinegar. Gently lower eggs into the boiling water and cook 8 minutes. Immediately drain the boiling water after 8 minutes and transfer the eggs to an ice water bath. Let sit in an ice water bath for about 10 minutes or until chilled. Drain the water and jiggle and bounce the pan or bowl until the shells of the eggs are extremely broken, almost like mesh. Peel under running water.

8 minutes is key for those gorgeous jammy eggs for a salad: they’re set but not too runny.

Make sure your bacon is cooked until it’s crisp but not burned, too. Soggy bacon is no good on a salad! I like breaking my bacon into larger chunks for this healthy chicken Cobb salad; little “bits” deliver less flavor here for me.

Otherwise, simply assemble your salad and go! Make sure you drizzle about half of the ranch dressing on top of the lettuce before layering on the toppings for even dressing distribution.

Ranch dressing drizzling over a classic chicken healthy cobb salad

Other Toppings

If you’re not on a Whole30 or dairy free, try…

  • Shredded cheese, like cheddar
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Vinaigrette, instead of ranch. Of course, you can use your favorite vinaigrette on a Whole30 or if dairy free, too.
  • My Whole30 Balsamic Dressing. It’s creamy, super easy, and naturally sweet.

Whole30 Salad Dressings

My absolute favorite Whole30-compliant ranch dressing is my Whole30 “Dump” Ranch Dressing. It’s super easy to whip together; you just need an immersion blender and light-tasting olive oil or avocado oil to make it. 10/10 recommend!

If you prefer a vinaigrette, my Whole30 Balsamic Dressing is out of this world. It’s super easy, naturally sweetened with coconut aminos, and just crazy good. Try it!

Making for Meal Prep

If you make this Whole30 Cobb salad for meal prep, simply assemble the salads except for the avocado and ranch dressing. Add those right before serving, and you’re set!

Close up on soft boiled eggs and bacon on classic chicken cobb salad

Other Recipes You’ll Love:

  • Whole30 Dump Ranch Dressing Recipe
  • Creamy Whole30 Balsamic Dressing
  • Shredded Chicken Salad (Costco Style)
  • Loaded Burger Bowls with Special Sauce

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A classic healthy chicken cobb salad on a white plate
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Chicken Cobb Salad (Dairy Free, Whole30)

A healthy chicken Cobb salad with all the classic toppings: chicken, bacon, avocado, jammy eggs, and topped with ranch dressing. Whole30, paleo, and dairy free.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy cobb salad, paleo cobb salad, whole30 salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1017 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons vinegar of choice for boiling eggs
  • 6 large eggs
  • 8 slices bacon cooked until crisp and drained on paper towels
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 cups lettuce frisée, green leaf, red leaf, romaine or desired mix
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and sliced into 1/4” slices
  • Ranch dressing about 1/3 cup. See Note
  • green onions thinly sliced, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan and add 1-2 tablespoons vinegar of choice. Gently lower eggs into the water and boil 8 minutes for medium-set yolks. Immediately drain the boiling water after 8 minutes and transfer eggs to an ice water bath. Let sit 5-10 minutes or until chilled. Drain the eggs and return to an empty pan or bowl. Jiggle and bounce the eggs against one another in the pan until the shells are very broken, and feel almost like mesh. Peel under running water and cut in half lengthwise.

  2. Break cooked and drained bacon into 1/2-1" pieces.
  3. Arrange lettuce of choice on a large plate or platter. Sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper over then drizzle with about half of ranch. Arrange remaining toppings over in desired design. Top with remaining ranch dressing and garnish with green onions.

Recipe Notes

Make sure your ranch dressing is Whole30 compliant, if on Whole30. My favorite recipe is my Whole30 Dump Ranch Dressing. For a bottled Whole30 ranch dressing, try Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing. It's dairy-free and made with avocado oil. Totally Whole30 compliant!

For more information on perfectly boiling eggs, check out my article on Perfect Easy Peel Hard and Soft Boiled Eggs here.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Cobb Salad (Dairy Free, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1017 Calories from Fat 648
% Daily Value*
Fat 72g111%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 654mg218%
Sodium 918mg40%
Potassium 1923mg55%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 68g136%
Vitamin A 3635IU73%
Vitamin C 38.5mg47%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.