Vegan Cobb Salad

This Vegan Cobb Salad recipe features crisp field greens served with bacon-flavored almond slivers, avocado slices, tomatoes, vegan cheese, and egg-like tofu scramble. This salad is more like a main meal. Enjoy a generous drizzle of the dairy-free dill ranch dressing, too!

If you love a good salad, why not try our twist on the family dinner favorite, Vegan Seven Layer Salad or the Vegan Wedge Salad. Whatever salad you’re tossing, enjoy!

Vegan Cobb Salad in a white bowl with long strips of smoky almond slivers, sliced avocados, vegan cheese, and other toppings. A bottle of vegan ranch dressing is in the background.

Here’s a delicious Vegan Cobb Salad to cool off your hot, summer days. And if you’re into the best vegan salads, you should check out my Vegan Seven Layer Salad too. I love to serve some Hibiscus Green Tea on the side and make a real party of it!

It’s summertime and so we’re looking for recipes that don’t have to heat up the kitchen. It’s really important in places like Kansas City where we’re experiencing super high humidity right along with all that heat. I have nothing to complain about, we have central air.

When I was a kid, we had a window unit in the living room, and that was it. I remember trying to sleep on hot nights was pretty tough. Even the breeze coming through the open window was hot. It made for long nights. I would flip my pillow over to have the cooler side next to my face for at least a little bit. My only respite was the community pool a few miles from our house. No wonder it was like my second home in the summer months!

A chef's knife sits on a cutting board with pieces of parsley around it, and chopped parsley in a jar to make vegan ranch dressing

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Greens. I love romaine lettuce because it’s crispy, however, you can use chopped spinach, field greens, or whichever greens you prefer.
  • Veggie Bacon. For this recipe I used my almond bacon slivers recipe, however, you can use whatever veggie bacon you prefer.
  • Red Onion. I love the color and flavor of red onions on any salad.
  • Avocados. We’ll add a few avocado slices to each salad, for both creaminess and flavor.
  • Tomatoes. I’ve had a few bad experiences trying to spear whole cherry tomatoes on a salad. So, that’s why I prefer cherry tomatoes chopped up into bite-size pieces.
  • Vegan Chicken. You can use store-bought vegan chicken tenders, or make your own vegan chicken for this salad.
  • Tofu Scramble. The traditional version of this salad is served with boiled eggs. That’s why I’m adding a row of tofu scramble that has a delicious flavor and texture you’ll love!
  • Vegan Ranch. I want a t-shirt that says, “Everything’s better with Vegan Ranch.” Wouldn’t that be great? That’s why we’re serving this salad with some dill-infused vegan ranch dressing. Or you can follow my recipe for a more traditional vegan ranch.

How to Make Vegan Cobb Salad

  1. Make the dressing by combining the ingredients in a lidded container. Shake to stir it until well combined.
  2. Make all the toppings, like tofu scramble.
  3. Chop the veggies, like tomatoes and avocados.
  4. Cook vegan chicken in a skillet or microwave, chopping them into bite-size pies.
  5. Assemble the salads by placing greens into two bowls.
  6. Top each salad with rows of almond slivers, chopped vegan chicken, vegan tofu scramble, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocados, and shredded cheese.
  7. Serve immediately with vegan ranch dressing.

Storage Tips

Store individual ingredients in separate containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Once the salad has been prepared, any leftovers can be stored for up to a day. The greens can begin to get soggy once combined with toppings and/or dressing.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What’s the Difference Between a Chef and a Cobb Salad?

There are a lot of similarities between a chef and a cobb salad — both of which have a lettuce base, eggs, cheese, and tomatoes. However, the cobb salad usually boasts a mixture of greens and chopped ingredients layered across the top.

Is Cobb Salad Good For You?

You would think if you’re ordering a salad that it’s good for you, however, a lot of salads, including the Cobb Salad, are loaded with calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat. The IHOP Cobb Salad with Crispy Chicken nutritional analysis shows nearly 1300 calories, has 93g of fat, 27g of saturated fat, 520g of cholesterol, 2350 mg of sodium, and only 5g of fiber.

A vegan salad is in a white bowl. There's a creamy dressing in a jar next to it and a fork on the other side.

Alternatively, my vegan Cobb salad has taken those traditional Cobb salad ingredients and veganized them into a healthier version. For example, my vegan Cobb salad has only 579 calories per serving, plus 41g of fat, 7g of saturated fat, ZERO cholesterol, and 1532 mg of sodium.

Cobb salads are really known for having bacon in them which is why I’ve added those smoked almond slivers. You can use oatmeal in place of almond to reduce the fat content in this salad even more.

A jar of vegan ranch dressing is being poured over a cobb salad. The white bowl is full of field greens and topped with smoky almond slivers, avocado slices, sliced cherry tomatoes, red onions, vegan chicken, vegan cheddar cheese, and tofu scramble.

Vegan Salad Recipes

Looking for more vegan salad ideas? Here are some of my favorites:

And do you know what I love serving on the side of my favorite salads? This dairy-free cornbread. It’s tasty fresh, but can also be turned into croutons to make your favorite salad even better.

A white bowl with vegan cobb salad sits on a white marble table top, with a silver fork on one side and white napkin on the other. A jar of vegan ranch dressing sits beside the bowl.
Vegan ranch dressing is poured over a bowl of salad topped with bacon flavored almond slivers, sliced avocados, sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped red onions, vegan cheddar, and tofu scramble.

Vegan Cobb Salad

If you’re looking for easy, nutritious, and light summer recipes, this Vegan Cobb Salad is just the ticket. Enjoy the dairy-free dill ranch dressing too!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 579kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup meat-free vegan “chicken” strips, thawed*
  • 5 cups Spring Mix Salad Blend
  • ½ cup Smoky Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers
  • 1 cup Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes chopped
  • ½ avocado peeled, and chopped
  • 1 cup Vegan Cheddar Cheese shredded

Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • ½ cup dairy-free milk plain, not vanilla flavored
  • ¼ cup vegan plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup dairy-free mayo
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes optional
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Make the Vegan Ranch Dressing by combining the non-dairy milk, vegan yogurt, vegan mayo, and apple cider vinegar in a lidded container. Give it a good stir to get everything well combined. Add the nutritional yeast flakes, dried dill, garlic powder, parsley, and salt and stir again. Set aside to let the flavors combine.
  • In a skillet or microwave, warm up meat-free "chicken" strips. Chop into bite-size cubes. Set aside to cool a bit.
  • Immediately before serving, place the salad leaves mix into two bowls. Top each with rows of Smoky Almond Slivers, chopped meat-free "chicken" strips, Vegan Tofu Scramble, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocados, and shredded cheese.
  • Serve with Vegan Ranch Dressing.

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Notes

*You can find meat-free chicken strips in the frozen food area of most health food stores or the health pantries located within most grocery stores. There are plenty of vegetarian options. If you’re looking for a vegan version, be sure to read the label to ensure there’s no dairy or eggs in the ingredients. If you’re looking for gluten-free, there are brands like Beyond Meat that provide both vegan and gluten-free products.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cobb Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Sodium 1532mg64%
Potassium 795mg23%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1590IU32%
Vitamin C 48.9mg59%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

7 Responses to Vegan Cobb Salad

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlybridget {bake at 350} Reply

    It looks so pretty!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAggie | Aggie's Kitchen Reply

    well this salad just made me hungry all over again. Beautiful!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Isn’t that the thing! Food blogs make me hungry!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLiz @ The Lemon Bowl Reply

    You make it so easy to eat the rainbow!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Eat the rainbow! A good new daily goal to add to my list! Mmmmm

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDebra Moray-Brach Reply

    Which one, Yogurt or sour cream

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Debra. You can use either one, but I prefer the vegan yogurt (Silk tofu-based plain is my favorite, but you can also use So Delicious Coconut milk yogurt). I have used the sour cream in the past with this recipe and it works just fine, especially when it’s harder to find plain vegan yogurt. Hope that helps!

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