You need to try this super healthy cobb salad, there’s a meal prep version included below too! Made with eggs, chicken, avocado, lots of fresh vegetables and a super simple healthy dressing, this high-protein chicken cobb salad is perfect if you’re looking for some delicious easy clean eating lunch and dinner ideas to make ahead.
You’ll Love This Healthy Paleo Cobb Salad
because it is:
- filling & satiating
- great source of antioxidants, fiber and protein
- fairly easy to make
- great for clean eating
This amazing cobb salad is paleo, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, grain-free, low carb, sugar-free, free from so many things…but trust me, it’s got the flavor, it tastes amazing and it will make you feel great!
Paleo Cobb Salad Ingredients
Chicken. You can use whatever type of cooked chicken you like. For me, I kept it simple and used chicken breast seasoned with salt, pepper and a little bit of garlic. You’ve probably heard this more times than you’d like, but chicken breast is a great source of protein and several B-vitamins and consuming it responsibly and in moderation can definitely be a part of a healthy diet.
Hard-Boiled Eggs. Like chicken breast, eggs are rich in protein and several B vitamins. They’re also a great source of selenium, zinc and vitamin A. Please, eat the yolks too, most of the beneficial nutrients are in it.
Avocado. We need a ripe, large avocado for this beautiful salad. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and vitamins E, C and K.
Leafy Greens. Spinach and lettuce were what I had when I was making this salad. Some other greens you might want to try are cabbage, arugula and kale. Leafy greens are very low in calories, yet super rich in antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Because of their excellent nutritional profile, we need to eat more greens to keep our body healthy – at least three cups of fresh greens a day. Your immune system, bone health, brain health, cardiovascular health, eye health, gut health – every single system in your body will benefit from this simple change.
More Vegetables. Onions, garlic, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and olives also make it into this salad. Each one of these vegetables provides different antioxidants, nutrients and health benefits that complement each other when eaten together. Therefore we need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, no single food is complete on its own.
Dressing Ingredients. I kept the dressing really simple – just add olive oil, a bit of lemon juice, salt and lots of black pepper to the salad.
How To Make This Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad
Start by cooking the chicken and the eggs. To do this, I simply chopped a chicken breast, then marinated it for about 15 minutes with garlic, salt and black pepper. Off to the heated nonstick pan with a little bit of olive oil…Stir occasionally and it will be ready in about 10-12 minutes.
For the hard-boiled eggs, add the eggs to a pot with water, bring to a boil and let them boil for about 12-15 minutes. When they’re done, cool off with some cold water, peel and chop.
While the eggs and chicken are cooking, it’s time to prepare the fresh vegetables. Peel and chop onion, peel and mince garlic, wash and chop cilantro, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Also peel and dice the avocado.
Start arranging the salad by adding the greens on the bottom, then topping with the tomatoes, olives, avocado, cucumbers, cilantro, onions, garlic, chicken and the eggs.
Drizzle olive oil, some lemon juice, sprinkle some salt and grind lots of black pepper all over.
When it’s time to eat, give the salad a good toss and enjoy immediately.
How To Meal Prep This Healthy Cobb Salad
This is honestly a great salad for meal prep! Adjust the servings and this salad can last you for 3-4 days. Here are two ways to make the salad ahead.
This means to make ahead all ingredients needed and to keep them separately. This means preparing the chicken, boiling the eggs and washing and patting dry the vegetables. You can even chop the cucumbers, cilantro, greens and onions. Use whole cherry tomatoes and don’t open the avocado.
This is always the way I food prep at home because I can easily switch things up and enjoy something new every day…even if it’s with the same ingredients.
Make Ahead Bowls
Another way to make ahead this salad is to prepare all ingredients and portion them out into meal prep containers. So cook the chicken, boil the eggs, cut them in halves, wash, pat dry and chop the vegetables. Use cherry tomatoes, do not add avocado or the dressing, as the vegetables can get soggy.
Healthy Cobb Salad Protein
This chicken cobb salad is naturally a great source of protein. We know that eggs and chicken breast are full of protein. But did you know leafy greens also have a lot of protein per calorie? That’s true, for example, one cup of raw spinach has 7 calories and about one gram of protein. It might not seem like a lot, but it does add up. Don’t underestimate the leafy greens.
This low carb salad provides 54 grams of protein per serving.
Why Is This Salad Good For You?
Besides protein, there are many other beneficial things in this salad.
Rich in fiber, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods like spinach, cilantro, onion and garlic, this salad is great for your overall health and can help protect your body from oxidative stress and chronic inflammation that are both linked to aging and chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.
The salad is also relatively low in carbs and free from gluten and dairy which can cause inflammation and digestive issues for many people.
In conclusion, this cobb salad is pretty great for you without the bacon, cheese and creamy dressing and I promise you will not miss them!
I hope you enjoy this delicious healthy version of chicken cobb salad!
More Healthy High-Protein Meal Prep recipes
- 15-Minute Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Super Easy One Pan Spicy Chicken and Chickpeas
- Low Carb Garlic Squid
- Amazing Mediterranean Chicken Wraps
- No Breadcrumbs Pesto Turkey Meatballs
- 3 cups lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, thinly chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped*
- 8oz/ 220g cooked chicken breast*
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup olives
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and black pepper
- While the eggs and chicken are cooking* prepare the vegetables. Peel and chop onion, peel and mince garlic, wash and chop cilantro, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers. Also peel and dice the avocado.
- Start arranging the salad by adding the greens on the bottom, then topping with the tomatoes, olives, avocado, cucumbers, cilantro, onions, garlic, chicken and the eggs.
- Drizzle olive oil, some lemon juice, sprinkle some salt and grind lots of black pepper all over.
- When it’s time to eat, give the salad a good toss and enjoy immediately.
*If you don’t have cooked chicken breast, you can cook it by chopping the chicken breast then add it to a heated nonstick pan with a little bit of olive oil, black pepper and one minced clove of garlic…Stir the chicken occasionally and it will be ready in about 10-12 minutes.
And if you don’t have the hard-boiled eggs, add the eggs to a pot with water, bring to a boil and let them boil for about 12-15 minutes. When they’re done, cool off with some cold water, peel and chop.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 373mgSodium: 737mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 15gSugar: 7gProtein: 54g