When Panera released their Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken in 2016, I thought it was the most delicious thing in the world. Avocado, pickled onion, BACON... this salad really had it all. Plus it was FULL of protein! And I was obsessed with the dressing. I really wanted to recreate this at home. The summer after we moved in to our new house, my husband and I were having out-of-town family over to visit and see it - this would be the perfect opportunity to try. I made a big bowl of my own copycat Panera version for our family barbecue. It was a hit! I know this will be a hit for you, too.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Assembly: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
4 cups of spring mix lettuce (or whatever you like)
2 hardboiled eggs
1/2 cup pickled red onion
4 strips of low-fat, low-sodium bacon, chopped
1/2 an avocado
1 roma tomato, sliced
1 grilled chicken breast
4 Tbsp green goddess dressing (I use Annie's)
If you already have hardboiled eggs, pickled red onion, cooked bacon, and grilled chicken breast on hand, then congrats! Cut it all up nicely, drizzle on the dressing, and snap a pic for Instagram. If not, follow the prep instructions below.
I feel like most people know how to make hardboiled eggs, but if you don't, the foolproof way is to put your eggs in a pot, fill the pot with cold water so the eggs are covered by at least an inch of water, & put the uncovered pot on the stove. Bring the water to boiling and once it's there, take the pot off the heat and cover. Let the eggs set for 10 minutes. Then remove the eggs and run them under cold water. I used to google “how to boil hardboiled eggs” each time I needed to boil some, but now I just use the Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker. SOO much easier.
Pickled red onion is actually incredibly easy to make. You'll basically need a red onion, salt, sugar, white vinegar, and peppercorns. You boil the stuff up and pour it over the sliced onion and let it come to cool temperature. You can keep it for a while, too! I follow the recipe here.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BAKE BACON?? It's easy and perfect for cooking a lot at a time. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the bacon on it. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until it is done to your liking. Crispier bacon is easier to chop for salads (it's better when it's cooled, too). Longer directions can be found here.
I am sure most of you know how to make chicken. But do you know how to make really moist, delicious, flavorful chicken? The secret is to brine it. Basically, stir a TON of salt into a bowl of water until it's dissolved and then let your chicken breast rest in it for at least 30 minutes (or longer). I then put mine on a cast iron skillet to get nice grill marks and flavor and then pop that in a 350 degrees F oven for 20-25 minutes (or you can use an actual grill, if the weather is nice). Brining is a great meal prep trick for flavorful meat. It will not add a ton of sodium into your diet, I promise you.
IF YOU'RE FEELING EXTRA FANCY, you can make your own green goddess dressing. Here is Panera's actual recipe for their dressing. But I'm good with Annie's!
Makes 2 servings.
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