This stellar Cobb Salad with Creamy Bleu Cheese Dressing recipe will rival anything you’ve ever had in a restaurant. A good Cobb salad is tough to beat. That should probably not come as a surprise, considering the combination of decadent ingredients a Cobb salad represents. Delicious bacon, tangy bleu cheese, creamy avocado, zingy tomato, and lucious hard-boiled eggs are like a who’s who of celebrity salad ingredients. Toss in some delicious chicken and a creamy blue cheese dressing and you’ve got a meal masquerading as a salad. That’s why I serve this as a meal unto itself. Sometimes for lunch, but often for dinner — it’s that filling and satisfying.
Like any great dish, this one takes a little work. There’s nothing particularly difficult about the preparation, but it does require a bit of proverbial elbow grease. I love poached chicken for my Cobb salad. While I’ve certainly been known to make this salad with leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken, if I’m cooking chicken from scratch, it has to be poached. I love the way the poaching liquid gives the meat a delicate, but seasoned flavor that helps it work as a great supporting ingredient without trying to steal the show.
Bacon does a lot of work in this salad. It really should be crispy, because that crunchy texture is vital to play against all the other lucious, creamy ingredients. The bacon also plays an important flavor role, giving little salty umami punches to the dish that serve to really set off the flavors of the tomato, avocado, and bleu cheese. I like to roast my bacon partly because I like how well it crisps in the oven and partly because it’s so easy — I can generally just toss it in the oven and forget about it until the timer goes off.
I feel I can’t close out a recipe for Cobb salad without sharing a few words about bleu cheese. Let me begin by saying I’ve never met a bleu cheese I didn’t like from Roquefort to Stilton to Gorgonzola to Point Reyes (and everything in between) I’m always happy to see it on my plate. There is great variation in bleu cheese flavors and obviously that means the flavor profile of this salad will change according to which sort you use. The good news is, I think I’ve tried almost every bleu cheese known to mankind in this salad and I’ve loved them all. From the most expensive to the cheapest, they all make great salads. Most often, I just use an Amish bleu variety I find at the supermarket.