Americans have sure brought some interesting salads to the world, none more so than the hearty Cobb salad. While its origins have been disputed, it’s said to have been first created in the 1930s at a Hollywood restaurant. Either way, it’s a very popular dish that has been around for a long time. A traditional Cobb salad includes crisp salad greens, tomato, Roquefort cheese, avocado, hard boiled egg, bacon and chicken. Here are our five healthy variations on the traditional Cobb salad!
1. Cobb Salad Wedges
These wedges are a fun and different way to serve the traditional salad. Instead of mixing everything together in a bowl, cut the iceberg lettuce into small wedge shapes. Then prepare your salad ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the wedges and finish with a drizzle of the dressing on top. It’s great to serve as healthy finger food for a party! Instead of bacon, this recipe uses ham which is a much healthier alternative. It also includes red onion, edamame and cucumber which add a great crunch. Definitely give this one a go the next time you entertain friends!
2. Salmon Cobb Salad With Creamy Dill Dressing
This variation has a fresh, healthy twist using salmon instead of chicken and bacon. Salmon is really good for you as it’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids, high in B vitamins and a good source of potassium. Also, a healthy diet includes two portions of fish a week so this recipe is a great way to get one of those portions in. This salad is full of extra vegetables you won’t find in a traditional recipe, including carrots, capsicum and red onion. The recipe also includes capers which are very low in calories and boost your fibre intake.
3. Quinoa Cobb Salad
This version of the traditional salad is made healthy with everyone’s favourite superfood, quinoa! This grain provides a wide range of health benefits – it’s nutritious, high in fibre and protein, gluten-free and high in antioxidants. It also gives the salad more substance, than simply filling up with lettuce. The addition of quinoa makes this variation perfect to store in a mason jar when you’re on the go as it stops the dressing from soaking into the vegetables. Definitely give this recipe a try the next time you need a salad on the go!
4. Kale Cobb Salad
Packed with kale, almonds and berries, this recipe puts an extreme twist on the regular salad! Kale is full of health benefits – it’s one of the most nutrient dense foods, it’s high in antioxidants, a great source of vitamin C and vitamin K and high in minerals. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, fibre and nutrients and are also low in calories and carbs. This recipe is an all-round super healthy, super colourful salad perfect for summer!
5. With Grilled Vegetables
This final variation with corn, grilled vegetables and pumpkin seeds, is packed with all sorts of goodness. The addition of grilled vegetables give the salad a much needed nutrients boost and pumpkin seeds add the benefits of being high in antioxidants, fibre and magnesium. Also, the home made ranch dressing made from yogurt is a much healthier version of the delicious sauce, with 10 timeless calories than a store bought one. This recipe adds a few extra hearty ingredients to create a healthy yet filling lunch or dinner.