Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad with Pasta

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Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad has all the classic flavors of the popular favorite with a simple balsamic dressing. Made with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cucumber, avocado, cheese and rotini – perfect for lunch or your next potluck!

Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad with a wooden spoon and fork.

Hey everyone! Kelly here again from Life Made Sweeter and today I’m sharing a delicious salad for entertaining season. With summer just around the corner, salads are the perfect side dish for all those outdoor picnics and cookouts.

This Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad is packed with flavor and so simple to customize. I love a good cobb salad and this one has all the classic ingredients like juicy tomatoes, lettuce, hard boiled eggs, avocado, bacon, cheese with the addition of cucumber and rotini pasta.

Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad.


  1. Start off by seasoning the chicken with salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil and lemon.
  2. For the hard boiled eggs, I usually like to make a large batch using this method to keep on hand during the week for breakfast or to add to my salads.
  3. Cook and crumble the bacon then grill the chicken.
  4. Prepare and assemble the remaining salad ingredients starting with the lettuce plus any other greens you like. Add cooked and drained pasta, hard boiled eggs, grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, crumbled bacon and feta.
  5. Add any other toppings you like then drizzle with the simple balsamic vinaigrette right before serving.

Closeup of Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad with two forks.

Easy swaps for this salad:

    • Use leftover cooked chicken or chopped rotisserie chicken to cut down on the prep time
    • Leave out the chicken to keep this salad low carb
    • Feel free to leave out the pasta to keep this grain free or use penne or farfalle instead of rotini
    • Swap in your favorite vegetables or cheese

Closeup of Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad.

Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad with Pasta

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Balsamic Chicken Cobb Salad has all the classic flavors of the popular favorite with a simple balsamic dressing. Made with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cucumber, avocado, cheese and rotini - perfect for lunch or your next potluck!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Kelly Kwok
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups dry rotini pasta leave out for a grain free version or you can also use penne or farfalle
  • 1-2 chicken breasts skinless boneless, pounded to even thickness
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 avocados peeled pitted and cut into slices (or chopped)
  • 4 cups chopped mixed green lettuce
  • 3 hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced in rounds or chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese

For the vinaigrette:

  • 3-4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a resealable zip-top bag, add chicken, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and garlic and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cool water, and set aside in a large bowl.

Grill the chicken:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 Remove the chicken from the grill and tent with foil. Let it rest and cool a bit for about 10 minutes and then slice or chop into bite-sized pieces.

Assemble the salad:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Drizzle 2 tablespoons over the cooked pasta and ½ tablespoon over the sliced avocado (to prevent from browning).
  • In a large bowl, add the lettuce, then top with cooked pasta, eggs, avocado, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber and cheese. Drizzle with dressing right before serving.


Serves: 6

Calories479kcal (24%)Carbohydrates27g (9%)Protein18g (36%)Fat34g (52%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Cholesterol132mg (44%)Sodium239mg (10%)Potassium716mg (20%)Fiber6g (24%)Sugar10g (11%)Vitamin A2156IU (43%)Vitamin C16mg (19%)Calcium43mg (4%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Waldorf Chicken Salad


Kelly Kwok

Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and loves using her slow cooker. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She also enjoys adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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