Grilled Romaine Chicken Caesar Cobb Salad
A mash up of two salad! This grilled romaine chicken Caesar Cobb salad has all the things you love about caesar salad and a Cobb salad! Complete with quick garlic grilled chicken, this salad is sure to make bagged lunches a little more pleasant!
Hi! My name is Marzia, and I’m the person that slows down the line at your local salad bar because I need ALL THE TOPPINGS.
There ain’t no shame in my salad making game.
So naturally, I come up with something called a garlicky chicken Caesar Cobb salad that contains ALL the ingredients you find in BOTH salads. The only thing that can make a Caesar salad any better than it already is is the addition of more components.
This Caesar meets Cobb salad mash up comes complete with garlic grilled chicken, grilled romaine, and all the things you LOVE about the not one, but two salads listed in the above title.
Speaking of grilled romaine; have you ever tried it? I’ll be the first one to tell you; soft salad greens aren’t my thing. But when the grill leaves its little marks on your romaine lettuce, you’re left with this beautiful smoky flavor. Something romaine just can’t offer straight from the refrigerator.
Like most of the recipes I share with you on the blog, this salad was invented when I needed to use up all the little leftover veggies in the refrigerator one night before my trip to the grocery store in the morning. Is it just me or is grocery shopping more fun when you’ve got an empty refrigerator at home that’s waiting to be decked out with all your fresh food finds?
And that’s pretty much how this Caesar Cobb Salad came about. I wish I could tell you I ate it at such and such restaurant and loved the fusion of the two. But the story is simple. My love for a clean refrigerator brought on this mishmash of a salad.
Let’s talk about this chicken Caesar Cobb Salad situation: we start with a bed of grilled romaine. I get if that’s not your thing, go with the raw version if you must. Follow it up with the contents of your refrigerator, grilled chicken, cooked bacon bits, diced or sliced eggs, juicy cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped chives sliced avocados, all the shaved parm you can find, croutons, and my homemade 2-minute caesar dressing.
And now the grilled chicken. It’s the easiest chicken you’ll ever make, and I’ll say this now, it’ll be good on ANY salad. It starts with a little olive oil followed by garlic powder, dried thyme, and a little salt and pepper, that’s it. Let the chicken hang out for about 5-10 minutes while you get the rest of the salad ingredients ready. You can then grilled the chicken on an outdoor grill or if you live where it’s three-thousand degrees out (like I do), just pop it onto an indoor grill pan.
And you could make this salad chicken-less, except… don’t do that. Or if you must, don’t tell me about it. Leftover cooked chicken from the refrigerator is perfect too, pop it in! It’ll work out just the same.
This Grilled Chicken Caesar Cobb salad is totally forgiving, give it all you’ve got.
That first bite. It has a little bit of everything, salty, parmesan-kissed dressing, fresh veggies, juicy chicken, and that crunch crunch crunch from croutons.
Ten thousand heart emojis go out to this grilled romaine + chicken Caesar Cobb salad situation.
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 4 romaine hearts (sliced down the center, stem intact)
- 1 cup cherry tomato halves
- 6 boiled eggs, sliced
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup diced red onions
- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
- Caesar dressing (homemade or store-bought)
- croutons, crumbled bacon, chopped chives (as desired)
- chicken: Pour the olive oil into a shallow bowl, add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried thyme. Add the chicken, coat both sides, and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Prepare the salad ingredients while the chicken marinates.
- grill: preheat the grill and spray with cooking oil if desired. Grill time will vary for the ingredients so start with the chicken. Let the chicken cook for 8-12 minutes or until cooked through, flipping halfway through to ensure even grilling. Let the chicken cool before slicing or dicing. Spray the romaine hearts with cooking spray and sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt, grill for 2-3 minutes total or longer if you like your romaine cooked through more.
- assemble: Remove the stem from the romaine hearts and chop. Add the lettuce, sliced or diced chicken, and the remaining salad ingredients to a large bowl. Drizzle with Caesar dressing. Serve immediately.
No nutritional facts on this one as it’s super hard to give you an accurate count. It really depends on the ingredients that you use, the amount of dressing, whether it’s homemade or store-bought, etc.