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In a Salad Rut? Smoky Grilled Romaine and Ranch Cobb Salad Recipe Gives the Classic a Tasty Upgrade

Grilling romaine adds smoky flavor to this hearty and delicious toss

Cobb salad is the ultimate blend of ingredients and flavors. And it’s a protein powerhouse. Made with bacon, chicken, hard-cooked eggs, avocado and blue cheese, it’s basically all our favorite foods combined. But at the First For Women test kitchen, we wanted to give the traditional Cobb a twist by adding smoky flavor. So instead of chopped lettuce, we grilled up heads of romaine. For nutrition, crunch and vibrant color we tossed in some carrots. Then we topped the salad with ranch dressing instead of the usual vinaigrette to give it extra creaminess. This Grilled Romaine and Ranch Cobb Salad recipe reigns supreme. Give it a try and leave us a comment below.

Quick tip: To make it easier to peel hard-cooked eggs, crack the narrow end of each cooked egg on a flat surface. Then place it in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. The liquid seeps into cracks and loosens the whites from the shell for perfect peeling.


4 - 4 servings

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  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz. baby carrots, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, each quartered lengthwise through core
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced cooked chicken
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing


• Bring pot of water to a boil. Add eggs; reduce heat to medium-high. Cook 6½ min., adding carrots during last 1 min.; drain. Transfer to bowl of ice water.

• Heat grill to high. Toss lettuce with oil, ¼  tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Grill, cut sides down, until charred in spots, 1–2 min. Cool. Trim away core ends of lettuce; cut crosswise into thirds; transfer to platter.

• Peel eggs; halve or cut into thirds. Pat carrots dry. Top lettuce with chicken, bacon, eggs, carrots and parsley. Drizzle with dressing.


  • Calories: 371
  • Protein: 26 grams
  • Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Cholesterol: 248 milligrams
  • Sodium: 567 milligrams
  • Total fat: 25 grams
  • Saturated fat: 6 grams


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