Pop quiz time: Who invented the cobb salad? And, why did they decide to mix seemingly random ingredients like bacon, eggs, and French dressing into one meal?
Whether you know the answer to these two questions or not (we'll answer them below), we're pretty sure you at least know what a cobb salad is.
After all, cobb salads are a classic American dish. They can be found in every nook and cranny of this country, which is both a good and bad thing.
Some people have the perception that cobb salads aren't good for you, or that they have too many calories. (You can thank fast food restaurants for this.)
This keto cobb salad recipe, on the other hand, is nothing like what you'll get off a drive-through menu or at the grocery store.
It's made with fresh, healthy ingredients like lettuce, avocado, eggs, and extra virgin olive oil to help fuel your body while keeping carbs low.
Plus, it includes a secret ingredient as a topping that you've probably never had on a salad before. Believe us when we say that if you try it once, you'll want to do it again in the future.
Let's dive into this delicious recipe, and go over some other low-carb toppings you can put on top if you're feeling fancy.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Romaine lettuce
- Roma tomatoes
- Extra virgin olive oil (we recommend FBOMB)
- KetoLogic Keto Crisps
- KetoLogic Erythritol
- Spices like parsley, basil, and oregano
What is a Cobb Salad?
The cobb salad was invented by a man named Robert Cobb in Hollywood in the 1930s. Cobb wanted to get rid of some leftovers in his fridge, so he tossed it in a bowl with some French dressing and that was that.
Kind of makes sense when you look at the ingredients.
Cobb salad is a popular salad entree that commonly consists of ingredients like bacon, hard-boiled eggs, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing.
It is very much an American dish, as you can find cobb salads all over the country, from fine-dining establishments to roadside diners.
Many fast-food joints also sell cobb salads, which may be one reason why some people don't think of them as a healthy option.
The Best Keto-Friendly Salad Ingredients and Toppings
Generally speaking, salads are a great way to eat a filling meal without a bunch of carbs. If you aren't careful with the ingredients, though, you might be surprised at how quickly a salad can become non-keto compliant.
In true Robert Cobb fashion, here's a nice long list of healthy, high-fat or high-protein toppings you can toss on any salad to keep it low-carb:
- Proteins like chicken, beef, seafood, or even pork (leftover slow-cooked pulled pork goes surprisingly well on a salad)
- Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans
- KetoLogic Keto Crisps (you won't want to go without once you try them; trust us)
- Low-carb veggies (kale, spinach, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower)
- Cheese (all kinds as long as they’re full-fat)
- Fresh herbs
Other Keto Salad Recipes You’ll Love
Keto Cobb Salad with Crunchy Cheese Croutons
- 4 slices bacon, cooked
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
- 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 bag KetoLogic Keto Crisps, lightly crushed (try Ghost Pepper for a spicy kick!)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon KetoLogic Erythritol
- ½ tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon grated Parmesan
- ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Prep all salad ingredients.
- For the homemade Italian dressing, whisk together olive oil through black pepper. Season to taste.
- To serve, toss all salad ingredients with dressing except for Keto Crisps.
- Sprinkle cheese crisps on top just before serving.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Yield: 2