Cobb salad is confusing to some people.
Ask a group of ten people what they think about cobb salad and see for yourself—half of them will say it's a healthy meal option, while the other half will say it's full of fat and not good for you at all.
Why is this?
Because about a decade ago, the health and fitness media took a hard stance on cobb salads. Citing the unhealthy ingredients and high number of calories in cobb salad recipes from fast food joints like McDonald's, they made this salad sound like a "sneaky" unhealthy entree.
But times have changed, and recipes have evolved. Now it's entirely possible to make a delicious low-carb salad out of completely healthy ingredients.
This recipe will change your mind on cobb salads. And when you see the secret ingredient we use for croutons, you might just find your new favorite salad topper, too.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Romaine lettuce
- Roma tomatoes
- FBOMB Keto Krunch cheese crisps
- FBOMB Olive Oil
- Spices like parsley, basil, and oregano
Why This Low-Carb Cobb Salad is Better
Like we said earlier, cobb salad is one of those food items that's a bit controversial.
All we know is that this low-carb cobb salad recipe is healthy. But the truth is, there are definitely some unhealthy cobb salad recipes out there.
- An average store-bought cobb salad has 700 or more calories per serving. [*].
- Some cobb salads have well over 1,000 calories in them. For example, the one at Cheesecake Factory has over 1,500 [*]!
- Many grocery stores sell pre-made cobb salads in the convenience section. But most of those are made days in advance. By the time you open it, the veggies aren't fresh (wilted lettuce, anyone?) and the eggs are starting to go bad.
There are really two things that set this cobb salad recipe apart from those described above.
First, it's made with fresh, healthy ingredients. An array of vegetables, healthy fat, and protein sources make up the majority of the ingredient list. (You save tons of calories right off the bat because you're not using store-bought dressing.)
Second, we top ours with crushed up FBOMB Keto Krunch croutons, which take the flavor of this salad to the next level. These cheese crisps are 100% real cheddar, sustainably sourced from pasture-raised ethically-treated cows. The crisps add a salty, crunchy, and satisfying flare to the dish.
Trust us when we tell you this won't be the last salad you make with these delicious morsels on top.
Tips for Making Salads Low-Carb
There are 3 key ways to making a salad low carb:
- Choose a protein source that doesn't add in any "sneaky" carbs. Breaded or pan-fried chicken, for example, instantly adds 10 to 20 grams of carbs to the total count. Stick with a protein source that's either grilled, sautéed in a healthy fat source on the stove, or cooked in the oven.
- Stick to a low-carb salad dressing. Talk about sneaky carbs—pretty much any "creamy" dressing (Blue Cheese, Ranch, Thousand Island, etc.) is going to seriously spike up the total carb count of any salad you make. Thousand Island dressing, for example, has 81g of carbs per cup in it [*] (!).
- Replace the carbs with healthy fats. Oftentimes we forget that a salad can be a whole meal and not just a starter or a side dish. For this to happen, though, you have to include ingredients that make it an actual meal—a handful of veggies with oil don't count. Adding healthy fats to your salad like avocado, nuts, or in the case of this recipe, Keto Krunch cheese crisps, help add more energy and excitement to your food and make it a more complete lunch or dinner option.
Cover these bases and you're well on your way to a healthy, low-carb salad.
Other Low-Carb Recipes to Try
- Paleo Chicken Salad
- Southwest Avocado Steak Salad
- Paleo Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Low-Carb Cobb Salad with Cheese Crisp Croutons
- Yield: 2
- Serving size: 2 cups salad + 2 tablespoons dressing
- Prep time: 15 minutes
- 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 (1.75-ounce) FBOMB Keto Krunch, lightly crushed
Homemade Italian Dressing:
- 1 packet (2 tablespoons) FBOMB Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon honey
- 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 FBOMB Keto Krunch cheese crisps.
- Sprinkle cheese crisps on top just before serving.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
- Fat: 68g
- Protein: 27g
- Total Carbohydrates: 22.5g
- Fiber: 11g
- Net Carbs: 11.5g
- Fat: 76%
- Protein: 10%
- Carbohydrates: 14%