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BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

Healthy, hearty, quick and easy with an incredibly creamy buttermilk ranch dressing that is absolutely to die for!

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad - Healthy, hearty, quick and easy with an incredibly creamy buttermilk ranch dressing that is absolutely to die for!

After making that BBQ chicken salad a couple weeks back, I had a ton of leftover veggies in the fridge just waiting to be used up. But instead of making that again, I decided to make a glorified cobb salad instead.

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad - Healthy, hearty, quick and easy with an incredibly creamy buttermilk ranch dressing that is absolutely to die for!

So what does this glorified cobb salad include? Well, you can really use up any kind of veggies to your liking but I added corn kernels, black beans, Roma tomatoes, avocado, and of course, hard boiled eggs. You can’t have a cobb salad without the eggs!  Then at the last minute, I just had to add in some crumbled bacon for that crisp, salty goodness.

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad - Healthy, hearty, quick and easy with an incredibly creamy buttermilk ranch dressing that is absolutely to die for!

I also couldn’t help but make a homemade Ranch dressing. I had a bottle of store-bought Ranch sitting in the fridge but let’s be honest here – nothing beats homemade Ranch, especially when buttermilk is involved. And when you combine this epic dressing with the subtle BBQ coated chicken, it is absolutely to. die. for. Jason, the anti-salad eater, refused to share with me and ate the entire bowl!

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad - Healthy, hearty, quick and easy with an incredibly creamy buttermilk ranch dressing that is absolutely to die for!

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

Healthy, hearty, quick and easy with an incredibly creamy buttermilk ranch dressing that is absolutely to die for!

10 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce, or more, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

For the buttermilk ranch dressing

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the buttermilk ranch dressing, whisk together buttermilk, Greek yogurt, sour cream, dill, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste, in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  3. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  4. In a medium bowl, add chicken and BBQ sauce, and gently toss to combine; set aside.
  5. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat; set aside for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and let cool before peeling and dicing.
  6. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with arranged rows of bacon, BBQ chicken, eggs, tomatoes, avocado, corn and beans.
  7. Serve immediately with buttermilk ranch dressing.

Adapted from The Kitchn.

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50 comments

  1. Just made this for supper.  Really really good!!! But anything with bacon is good lol. Recommend this salad!! 5/5

  2. Love this dressing! 
    First time I had left over 1/2 and 1/2 and it was good. Second time our sour cream was bad (ironic) so I doubled the Greek yogurt instead and added a little bit of BBQ sauce to the dressing and it made the BBQ flavor pop that much more!

  3. It would be really helpful to those of us who are counting calories and carbs, it you could include the nutritional values at the end of the recipes.

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

  4. Any idea how long the ranch will last in the fridge before it goes bad?

  5. Wow . this looks great! I’m going to make this for me & my mom tomorrow….

  6. The saiad looks amazing.

    Could it be prepared the night before and refrigerated for lunch the next day?

  7. Do you know any nutritional information for this recipe? It looks AMAZING!!!

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, it is best that you use free online resources at your discretion (you can gooogle “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

  8. Ive made this and honestly…

    It was DELICIOUS!

    So very yummy !

  9. I’ve never had a cobb salad before. going to give this a go 🙂

  10. That looks like a fantastic salad and I love the way you have it laid out in the dish, very colorful and creative.

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  12. This ranch dressing is the best!!

  13. Oh my goodness, I just found your blog today when someone posted your mexican corn on the cob recipe on Facebook. I am in love! I made this salad tonight at your Mexican Quinoa Salad that I plan to have for lunches this week. SO GOOD!! I cannot wait to try some of your other recipes.

    I’m reposting on my Facebook page. Yum!

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  17. Do you think chickpeas or red kidney would be ok? Don’t have any black beans?

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  19. You are killing me with all these delicious recipes. I wish it wasn’t 9pm so I could go make something 🙂

  20. Now that looks like my kind salad. I’m totally get backing in a salad mood now that I’ve seen this!

  21. Your photos are gorgeous, your recipes mouthwatering. I am so glad to have discovered your site. You are an inspiration. Can’t wait to try so many of these.

  22. This salad is gorgeous, looks so satisfying and full of my favorite flavor!

  23. Wow this Looks Delicious! I don’t like tomatoes, but I would just add cucumbers! But everything else I Love. Can’t wait to make this. Love your recipes!

  24. I love cobb salad!!!! This BBQ version looks great. You could almost call it buffalo chicken wings cobb salad when you think about it. 😉

  25. This is a beautifully composed salad. The homemade ranch and bacon bits make me want this salad that much more! Awesome food photography. 🙂

  26. Absolutely gorgeous, Chung-Ah, and so tempting! I love this take on the Cobb salad and that dressing looks phenomenal!

  27. I’m not normally the kind of girl that gets excited over salad, but this looks delicious!

  28. I love BBQ salads, and I love cobb salads! What a perfect combo. Can’t wait to try this soon!

  29. Gorgeous cobb salad, love the colorful layers!

  30. Gorgeous! My favorite kind of salad, Chung-Ah. 🙂 I can’t wait to make this one! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  31. You are killing me with all these tasty looking salads lately Chung-Ah! These are seriously all my favorite topping to a salad and love that you made homemade ranch {definitely so much better than store bought}. Pinning to make later! 🙂

  32. This sounds incredible! I wish I were eating one of these salads for lunch!

  33. I agree – nothing beats a homemade ranch dressing!! This looks awesome…love all of the different flavors going on here!

  34. Chung-Ah, you always make the most irresistible-looking salads, and this one rivals the rest in my book. Can’t wait for lunch!

  35. I’ve made Bobby Flay’s recipe for a similar salad and while I love it, it has multiple dressings and is quite the time consuming recipe. I needed this…just LOVE the combination of BBQ and ranch, especially homemade ranch!

  36. Love all the toppings in your salad + the creamy light dressing. Greek yogurt always does the trick!

  37. This is the kind of salad I could eat pretty much every day and be completely happy. I’ll be trying out this homemade ranch soon, as I bought WAY too big of a carton of buttermilk recently, and I need to use it up!

  38. That salad look absolutely incredible! Make sure you stop by my link party, Om Nom Nom Friday (Even though it’s Sunday) and share your delicious creations 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  39. Love this salad!! Pinned & posting to Facebook too!

  40. Looks delicious!

    And once I buy sausage, I will make your ziti.

  41. Beautiful Chung-Ah. I love all your salads!

  42. Oh I would love this!! It looks so good, Chung-Ah! You are the salad queen! 🙂

  43. So, so pretty! Your other cobb salad ALWAYS catches my eye and this one is just as gorgeous and totally signature you! I love the light, the styling, the whole thing…delish!