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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 is my absolute favorite salad recipe and I’ve made it a few times since finding it on Pinterest. It’s flavorful, satiating, and surprisingly healthy. I plugged it in to My Fitness Pal and each serving only comes to 580 calories, and given the cheese, avocado, egg, and bacon it tastes way more indulgent. This is my go-to when converting friends who think a salad is a few leaves of iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this today for a group lunch & it was a tremendous hit! I marinaded the chicken last evening & the flavors were so bright & refreshing. I will definitely make this again & again. I thought the photos were just lovely too. Thank you for posting this!

  3. Had this for dinner earlier this week – this is definitely a keeper! The balsamic vinaigrette was delicous. Thank-you so much for the recipe.

  4. Recipe looks great and I’m trying it tonight, but I’m unsure about portions; does this amount serve two or four?

    1. this will serve 4. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  5. this looks and sounds amazing. would you clarify the lemon zest and juice.
    Is it 1 tbsp of zest and 1 tbsp of lemon juice?

    thanks so much.

    1. HI! Yes, it’s 1 tablespoon zest and juice. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  6. I made a similar Cobb salad, but used grilled garlic shrimp instead, and I added some grilled red sweet peppers. And love the avacado, can’t omit that, but my dressing of choice this time was Red wine vinegar and EVOO, some Dijon and a hint of good quality honey, and I did in fact add some grilled bread, cubed, was outstanding, my wife loved it, Devoured every morsel

  7. Hi. Looks great (like all your recipes), and we will be having this salad soon! Does using the lemon juice in the marinade make the chicken more tender? When marinading chicken i’ve Noticed it’s not as tender and juicy as in the restaurants.

    1. HI! the lemon adds a nice citrus flavor and does also help to create a tender chicken! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  8. 2 stars
    wow, this dish looks delicious, i will try it for my family to eat, thank you for sharing the way.