Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad

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  • This Cobb salad recipe brings together so many amazing ingredients into a single dish on one plate! If you’ve been searching for a delicious salad recipe to liven up your lunches, be sure to give this one a try.

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree! #Cobbsaladrecipe #pestochickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree!

    What is a cobb salad? Remember this acronym: EAT COBB. Memorize that and you will never again forget the elements in a classic Cobb salad.

    Make sure you PIN Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad!

    Egg, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, Blue Cheese. The Cobb salad originated in Los Angeles at the restaurant The Hollywood Brown Derby. A California classic.

    The salad is actually named after the owner of that restaurant, Richard Howard Cobb. The restaurant was known for its contemporary American cuisine.

    However, the legend goes that Mr. Cobb hadn’t eaten and it was late at the restaurant. He threw together a mish-mash of things and a cook gave him some bacon and there you go.

    Back then, French dressing was king and a Cobb salad was a particular set of components. Nowadays, the Cobb salad has many variations. This Pesto Chicken Cobb is just one, but it is also my favorite.

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree! #Cobbsaladrecipe #pestochickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    I like to call it an Italian Cobb salad because it swaps a few different ingredients that lean in that direction.

    Instead of blue cheese, I use fresh mozzarella. The tomato part of the recipe is doubled. I like the burst from the fresh tomatoes and the zing from the zesty sun-dried variety as well.

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree! #Cobbsaladrecipe #pestochickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    I nixed the avocado entirely, but feel free to add it back in. To replace that buttery rich flavor, I added toasted pine nuts. I am partial to a salad mix that uses tender and filling spinach with spicy and crunchy arugula, but if that doesn’t float your boat, use any type of leafy green that does.

    If you have the time, I suggest you marinate your chicken overnight for more flavor. Should marinating for that long not be in the cards, start marinating it while you get the rest of the ingredients together.

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree! #Cobbsaladrecipe #pestochickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    Even an hour will give you a big return on flavor. Italian dressing does the trick perfectly.

    The pesto sauce adds a ton of flavor if you are short on marinating time. Should you have time for the chicken to sit and soak up all that flavor, then you are in for one heck of a flavorful experience.

    For your pesto, you have options. Make your own pesto or buy some at the store, whatever is easier.

    Pesto Sauce made with pine nuts, fresh basil and parsley is perfect as a pasta sauce, marinade, sandwich spread or even dipping sauce. Pesto Sauce also freezes well and can be canned.

    Don’t worry about this being a drab salad, this Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is like a flavor explosion in your mouth! Make sure you check out my 7 tips for more interesting salads before you starting chopping!

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree! #Cobbsaladrecipe #pestochickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Balsamic Salmon Salad is an easy salad recipe that can be made for dinner, or even an on the go lunch! Serve with chèvre bread for a delicious combination! 
    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree! #Cobbsaladrecipe #pestochickensalad www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad

    Pesto Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious salad recipe using traditional Cobb ingredients with chicken and a pesto dressing. The perfect starter or entree!
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cobb salad recipe, pesto chicken
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 1209kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Marinate chicken in Italian dressing for a minimum of 1 hour or a maximum of overnight, refrigerated.
    • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Cook chicken on each side for 5-8 minutes, or until chicken is done. Discard extra Italian dressing. Remove to a cutting board and thinly slice against the grain. 
    • Divide spinach and arugula mix between two large bowls. Carefully arrange toppings, pine nuts, quartered hard boiled eggs, sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red onion and bacon, in strips on top of greens.
    • Serve with 1/4 cup pesto on the side as dressing. Enjoy your Pesto Chicken “Cobb” Salad!
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 1209kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 75g | Fat: 89g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 446mg | Sodium: 2040mg | Potassium: 1633mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2410IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 4.6mg

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