Healthy Salmon Cobb Salad

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A healthy salmon cobb salad with all the flavor but healthier, easy to whip up and can be made dairy free. The ranch tahini dressing is full of fresh herbs. You will want to make this dressing weekly. Your new favorite salad!

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Why Make This Salmon Cobb Salad

This tahini ranch is by far one of my favorite dressings. If you aren’t familiar with tahini you should be. I use it a lot in my recipes because it is versatile and it creates a beautiful creamy base for dressings. Top it with any protein of choice. I love the salmon bacon combination personally, but I kept the bacon optional for this salad since it’s great as is. This salad is husband approved, he loves all the protein and takes in for lunch often. If you want to spice things up, try topping it with Baked Blackened Salmon!

Ingredients Needed For Healthy Cobb Salad

Ingredients for healthy cobb salad on a counter.

Romaine. Fresh chopped romaine is the base of this salad. It stays crunchy and it holds the dressing well.

Salmon. I like to use a high quality salmon, you can use wild caught or whatever salmon you enjoy.

Bacon. Optional (not pictured but great with this salad!)

Feta. Blue cheese will also work. This adds an extra layer of punch and flavor.

Tahini. Well stirred tahini. I like this brand.

Herbs. Lots and lots of fresh herbs make the dressing and the salad so tasty. Dill, parsley, chives and cilantro are used.

Lemon. Fresh lemon juice is best.

All other ingredients and measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

Healthy Cobb Salad with salmon on top in a big bowl.

How To Make Healthy Cobb Salad

Steps to make healthy cobb salad in bowls with chopped herbs.

Step One. Start with cooking your bacon (if using) I bake mine in the oven on a cookies sheet on foil on 350º for 20 – 30 minutes or however you prefer to cook bacon will work. Next, season the salmon with the salt, pepper, paprika and oregano. Start to cook your salmon (if using). I cook mine in the air fryer on 390º for 9 minutes.

Step Two. While these items are cooking, boil your eggs. Fill a pot with enough water to just cover the eggs, place on high heat on the stove and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 8 – 10 minutes. Empty hot water, fill with a small amount of cold water, add ice and let the eggs cool in an ice bath before peeling. You can also do this step the day before to cut back on time.

Step Three. In a medium sized bowl, add tahini, water, lemon, honey. Finely chop the chives, cilantro, parsley and dill. Mince the garlic. Add this to the tahini and use an immersion blender or high-speed blender to mix the dressing. This will help blend the herbs up well and let the flavors combine. Add 1 tbsp of water to the dressing at a time if you need to thin it out a bit.

Steps to make healthy cobb in bowls and steps.

Step Four. Chop up the cooked bacon, romaine, hard boiled eggs, feta and tomatoes. Assemble in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 of the dressing in and mix well. If you’d like more dressing, add more! Add the salmon to the top if using. Serve immediately.

Healthy cobb salad up close with chopped veggies mixed in.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this vegan?

Yes, you can skip the bacon, cheese, egg and use maple syrup in place of honey. or use vegan alternates instead.

What else can I do with this tahini ranch?

Dip veggies, pizza in it or drizzle it over sandwiches. The dressing is delicious.

How long will this keep?

This salad will need to be enjoyed right after mixing in the dressing. You can make everything ahead and add the dressing a day later if needed but once the dressing is mixed in the salad will get wilted after a bit.

How can I make this Cobb salad healthier?

To make this salad a bit more calorie friends, skip the cheese and avocado, or skip the bacon. These are the more caloric ingredients and the salad will taste wonderful without if you need to cut some calories.

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Recipe Tips

If you are making this ahead of time, keep the dressing to the side until you are ready to serve to avoid any soggy lettuce.

This recipe is delicious without the salmon, feel free to skip the salmon if you can’t get your hands on any. The star of the salad is the tahini ranch.

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Healthy cobb salad
5 from 6 votes

Salmon Cobb Salad

Healthy salmon cobb salad with all the flavor, easy to whip up and can be made dairy free. The ranch tahini dressing is full of fresh herbs. You will want to make this dressing weekly. Your new favorite salad!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the salmon

  • .75 -1 lb salmon
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp oregano

Tahini Ranch Dressing

  • ¼ cup tahini , be sure it is well mixed
  • 4 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp fresh cilantro
  • ½ tbsp fresh dill
  • ½ tbsp fresh parsley
  • ½ tbsp fresh chives
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp honey, *see notes

Cobb Salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine , about two medium heads of romaine.
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped bacon, *cooked
  • 4 tbsp crumbled feta or blue cheese

Instructions 

  • Start with cooking your bacon (if using) I bake mine in the oven on a cookies sheet on foil on 350º for 20 – 30 minutes or however you prefer to cook bacon will work. Next, season the salmon with the salt, pepper, paprika and oregano. Start to cook your salmon (if using). I cook mine in the air fryer on 390º for 9 minutes.
  • While these items are cooking, boil your eggs. Fill a pot with enough water to just cover the eggs, place on high heat on the stove and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 8 – 10 minutes. Empty hot water, fill with a small amount of cold water, add ice and let the eggs cool in an ice bath before peeling. You can also do this step the day before to cut back on time.

Tahini Ranch Dressing

  • In a medium sized bowl, add tahini, water, lemon, honey. Finely chop the chives, cilantro, parsley and dill. Mince the garlic. Add this to the tahini and use an immersion blender or high -speed blender to mix the dressing.
    This will help blend the herbs up well and let the flavors combine. **Add 1 tbsp of water to the dressing at a time if you need to thin it out a bit. 
  • Chop up the cooked bacon, romaine, eggs, feta and tomatoes. Assemble in a large bowl.
  • Pour 1/2 of the dressing in and mix well. If you'd like more dressing, add more! Add the salmon to the top if using. Serve immediately.

Notes

*about two medium sized romaines.
*use maple syrup to make this vegan
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. If you are meal prepping this, keep the dressing off until you are ready to enjoy. Add a little water to thin out the dressing if storing in the fridge, it can thicken up when it sits. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cup of salad mixed | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 262mg | Sodium: 1019mg | Potassium: 950mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 491
Keyword: easy dinner, salad
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I loved the vegan ranch and cannot believe how easy it was too make!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a delicious salad. I only wish I was able to make my Salmon as pretty as yours.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was easy and delicious! Thank you. What ranch seasoning do you recommend?

    1. I use the Simply Organic Mix or Primal Palate mix – Both are dairy free, good ingredients and tasty like Ranch seasoning should be 😉 So happy you enjoyed it!

  4. 5 stars
    When you say cook at 390 does it matter what setting? My air frier has options to fry, bake, and etc.

    1. I usually do bake or the air fry option and they come out similar.