One of my favorite salads is the Cobb Salad. Filled with chunks of hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, chicken, bacon and blue cheese it is so delicious. Here’s my healthier version layered into a mason jar salad.
One of the best Cobb salads I ever had was at the Brown Derby restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood studios. Super good!
Last weekend, as I was putting together my Taco Mason Jar Salad, I had a craving for a Cobb Salad so I decided to add some extra salads to the mix this week.
Looking at some other Cobb recipes online I wouldn’t call this a classic Cobb recipe but more a variation of a Cobb salad. Instead of using a classic dressing along with crumbly blue cheese I opted for a yogurt blue cheese dressing and skipped the crumbles. This helped to keep the calories lower. You can find yogurt blue cheese dressing in the produce section of your grocery store.
I also decided to use organic deli ham and turkey instead of chicken. You certainly can use chicken I just already had ham and turkey on hand.
Another tip with this salad is the make sure your bacon is crispy. The crispier the bacon the better it holds up to being in the mason jars all week. I thought about using bacon bits but I am more of a real bacon kinda girl. If you prefer, you can use turkey bacon.
Anytime I make this salad I always get asked “how do I keep the avocado from turning brown?” Before I put the avocado in with the salad I let it sit in some lemon or lime first first. This seems to do the trick each time.
Here’s a picture of the avocado 5 days after I made this salad. As you can see the avocado is still green. I think it also helps that there’s onion in this salad along with being stored in a glass container. I once read somewhere that onion keeps avocado from browning and, in my experience, glass meal prep containers keep all foods fresh longer. So I think all those factors play a part in keeping the avocado fresh.
Last thing I want to mention is I know, from the picture, it looks like there is a lot more than 2 -3 tablespoons of dressing. But trust me I did not use more than 3 tablespoons per salad. The vegetables always push up the dressing so it looks like there is a lot more than it is. I have found that 3 tablespoons of dressing is more than enough dressing for any of my mason jar salads.
I have to say this Cobb Salad is my favorite out of all the mason jars I made so far. There is just something about blue cheese, bacon, and everything else that is just so satisfying. I absolutely love them.
Cobb Salad in a Jar
- 5 wide mouth quart size mason jars
- 10 tablespoons yogurt blue cheese dressing
- 1 quart cherry tomatoes halved
- 5 mini cucumbers sliced
- 1 small to medium red onion chopped
- 5 hard-boiled eggs chopped or sliced
- 2 avocados chopped
- 5 slices cooked crispy bacon crumbled
- 5 slices thinly sliced turkey, cut into pieces
- 5 slices thinly sliced ham, cut into pieces
- 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- Divide ingredients among mason jars. Start with dressing then add tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, egg, avocado, bacon, turkey, ham, and ending with romaine. When ready to eat, shake, then pour into a bowl.
These salads can be made up to 5-6 days ahead of time.
Other Mason Jar Salad Recipes:
Dorito Taco Salad – Mason Jar Style
Supplies to Make Mason Jar Salads
32- ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jars – this makes it easier to fill the jars and dump the salad into a bowl.
Alissa Roth says
I really really love this salad! It’s super filling, easy to prep and I actually look forward to lunch when I have these ready to go! Thank you so much, Tammy!
Tammy Overhoff says
SO happy you love them! You’re very welcome.
Lisa Schwarz says
This tastes as amazing as it sounds! And looks great too in the jar 🙂 I made several yesterday, to share with my son’s teacher and a friend who is not feeling well… I got feedback that this was the most amazing lunch ever! Will make again.
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Tina Roberts says
I served this Cobb salad to my family tonight, and also made 6 jars that are now tempting me in the fridge. I’m so happy to have these lunches prepared for me and my husband for lunch at work. Thank you for the good advice. Bonus- I used up all the over-abundant garden cukes!
I have made five salads at a time several times now…my husband and I love them!! It takes me about an hour to prepare 5 of them start to finish, but your guide says they should only take 15 minutes. Am I doing something wrong? Does your guide assume all the chopping, egg boiling, and bacon prepping are already complete? Thanks in advance!
Cecilia Stout says
Is it normal for the dressing to get wattery? This has only happened with cream dressings.
I was watching a you tube video by 2leelou about 2 days ago and she was showing how those little fruit cups that you buy can be reused. Just put your dressing in the plastic cup and place inside of a wide mouth mason jar and then place the lid on. It never spills and never wilts your salad. Just thought I would pass this Info on. Enjoy
I was so excited about this recipe that I went out and bought a salad spinner and wide mouth mason jars last weekend, and made up my first batch Sunday. Success! My mason jar Cobb salads were the talk of my work lunch table this week! Everyone (all male colleagues, by the way), were impressed with how delicious they looked, and how even by Friday, the last one was still looking fresh! My avocado did go a little brown, but still tasted fine. Next time, I’ll douse them in a little more lemon juice. This week I am trying your Beef and Cheddar mason jar salad, so will let you know how they turn out. Thanks very much for you recipes and website, they are very helpful in my quest for healthy living!
Barbara Edmondson says
I have seen quite a few lunches in mason jars but being I the uk I don’t really know what the advantages of the jars are over a standard Tupperware box can you please enlighten me?
Barbara – the mason jars seem to keep the contents fresher longer than tupperware…the thought is that you can make an entire week’s worth of salads in one session and use them all week.
L black says
Can u use ranch or yogurt ranch instead of blue cheese dressing or will it alter preservation?
Thank you for the recipe! I made Chopped Cobb today and I’m anxious to give them a try. I picked up two wide mouth Mason jars at Hobby Lobby last week if you aren’t interested in a whole case of jars.
Where do u get those jars please
you can get a case of 12 quart sized jars at amazon but they sell them at Walmart, grocery stores, ect….make sure you get the wide mouth variety…easier to put stuff into it and get it out.
Do you rinse your lettuce with vinegar water like you do strawberries or vinegar/salt or just veg/fruit spray? Thanks for the idea of fast vegetables for lunch.