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Loaded with herbed grilled chicken, sweet balsamic vinaigrette, lots of fresh greens, tomatoes, bacon, hard boiled eggs, avocado and a little cheese, this balsamic grilled chicken cobb salad is nothing short of awesome. Perfect for summer lunches, dinners or packed up and taken on the go.

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It has taken me all week to realize this, but I’ve unintentionally shared a lot of salad recipes. First up was this potato salad, then this spicy corn salad, and now today’s fancy balsamic chicken cobb salad. Granted, these salads are all very, very different, but three salads in one week is a lot for me.

Maybe it has something to do with this LA vibe I’m currently soaking in right now? After all, LA is the land of all things salad and green juice. Oddly though, I’ve been eating a lot of pizza and tacos and have had zero salads. Unless you count the chopped salad from Monday night that included three different kinds of Italian meats and two pizzas…

It’s safe to say that once I return home very early tomorrow morning, I will be eating all things green, bright, and colorful. But first, I have one very full day left in LA. My first stop is to the set of Hallmark Home and Family to make these yummy strawberry shortcakes. Then straight from there I’ll be heading over to my book signing at Amber Interiors, where I’ll be making cocktails and signing away (hopefully…please come!). Then from there I’m off to the airport to catch the red-eye home. It’s going to be a very long day, but I am so excited for all that will be happening.

Well, I am not excited about the very late flight out, or the long drive home afterwards, but you got to do what you got to do, you know?

Balsamic Grilled Chicken

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Anyway, moving right along here…

This salad!

It’s definitely going to be my first homemade recipe of the day tomorrow, and I’m already looking forward to it. Whenever I’m away, I always look so forward to coming home and getting back into the kitchen. As much as I love traveling and eating at new restaurants, there’s really nothing I love more than cooking myself up a dish full of all of my favorites.

It’s the homebody in me really shining through.

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I actually made this salad a few weeks back, but have been waiting to share it until the weather had really decided to warm up for most of us. Because this is what I call the perfect, hearty summer salad.

You guys know me, if I’m doing a salad, I am making it big, bright, beautiful, and everything but boring. In fact, my goal is for you guys to never have to make another boring desk salad, because let’s be honest, eating a salad like that really is work.

Enter in this fun and delicious Cobb salad. It’s traditional, but with a good twist, and I kind of love every last detail about it.

side angled photo Balsamic Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad with spoon and dressing

The base of the salad is your traditional cobb salad, lots of greens (you can use your favorite!), fresh cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs, and crumbled blue cheese.

It’s the balsamic grilled chicken that really makes this salad shine. Tossed with good amount of balsamic vinegar, a mix of Italian herbs, and fresh lemon, it’s the perfect herby chicken with a hint of sweet bitterness from the balsamic. It takes the average cobb salad up a notch.

I also threw in some avocado, because apparently I can’t make a salad without including avocado. I’d say sorry, but really I’m not. I love me some avocado…

Finished the salad off with a simple balsamic vinaigrette and done.

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If you’re looking to save time on prep during the week, you can toss the chicken with the marinade and let it sit in the fridge for a of couple days. OR just grill the chicken on Sunday and refrigerate. Then you’ll have it on hand to throw the salad together in just a matter of minutes.

Also, if you wanted to add some form of carb to this meal (which you know I do), a sprinkling of quinoa, or torn up toasted bread, would both be extra delicious atop this salad. In fact, I’m really not sure why I didn’t do that…

You surely should.

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If you make this balsamic grilled chicken cobb salad and love it, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. Oh, and of course, if you do make this salad, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Watch the How To Video:

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 965 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • 1. Add the chicken to a bowl and toss with the olive oil, thyme, oregano, dill, paprika, lemon zest and juice, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
    2. Preheat your grill, grill pan or cast iron skillet to medium high and brush the grates with oil.
    3. Grill the chicken for 5-8 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the grill and let rest 5-10 minutes. Thinly slice the chicken.
    4. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, tomatoes, and gorgonzola. Top the salad with avocado, chicken, bacon, and eggs. Serve the salad alongside the balsamic vinaigrette (below).


  • 1. In a glass jar, combine all ingredients and whisk or shake until combined. Taste, and adjust seasonings to your liking. Serve alongside the salad.
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing!!! I don’t like Gorgonzola so I used a cheddar but loved the whole thing! Seasoning on the chicken, the dressing! Yum! Will make again, soon!

    1. Hi Jessie,
      Happy Wednesday!🌤️🌸 I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xx

  2. 5 stars
    This was an awesome ? salad! I substituted boneless skinless thighs and blue cheese crumbles. I made the day before yesterday and it was already requested again for tonight. The marinade was so good and the dressing complimented so well.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Soteria,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:)

  3. 5 stars
    I made this salad again, and it was delicious. I have made it several times as written and also added to it. This time I roasted chickpeas in a spice herb mixture, and added additional vegetables that I had on hand. It’s a wonderful recipe as written, and also easy to play around with. Thank you for posting it!

    1. Hi Amy,
      Happy Friday!!? I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxT

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this salad! So excited to be putting the herbs and cherry tomatoes from my garden to good use. The flavors were wonderful, especially the dressing (slightly reduced the oil in the dressing). Outstanding!

    1. Hi Lucy,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a hit, thanks a bunch for trying it out! ☀️xxT

  5. One of my goals for 2022 is to have a salad for dinner once a week. We thoroughly enjoyed this salad tonight. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled to hear it was enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your comment! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    We’re not “salad for dinner” people… until now! This was divine! We’re having it the second week in a row!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Fantastic, I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Very tasty! I wanted a salad but not a boring random stuff from the fridge salad. This was delicious and super easy. Used fresh grated parm instead of blue cheese and added some home made croutons.

    I’ve started growing my own herbs because of this blog, since all of your recipes use them. The fresh basil in the dressing is a nice touch.

    1. Hey Gena,
      I am so so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you giving it a try!! xxTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I added croutons for extra crunch, highly recommend! Also didn’t have blue cheeses so I swapped for goat and it worked out

    1. Hey Lucy,
      Happy Monday! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Another great HBH salad! I didn’t have the fresh herbs for the chicken, but dried ones worked perfectly. The dressing was delicious, I will absolutely make it again and use it on salads regularly.

  10. I’ve made several of your recipes. all of them have been great. this one mixed the mark on the dressing… too much oil.

    the ratio is off with the balsamic, definitely need more balsamic to the olive oil. i kept adding until it tasted right. I didnt measure but it seemed like a considerable amount.