Salmon Cobb Salad is a modern spin on the classic American Cobb salad. We swapped chicken for salmon which pairs so well with the cilantro lime dressing. This cobb salad recipe is fresh, healthy, and gets RAVE REVIEWS!

Salmon Cobb Salad served over a bed of lettuce with a zesty cilantro lime dressing

Salmon Cobb Salad Recipe:

Everything about this Salmon Cobb Salad is good, particularly that my children love it. This was the first lettuce salad that my 3-year old agreed to eat and she asked for more! It is definitely a feel-good, protein packed salad loaded with crisp lettuce, sweet corn, avocados, ripe cherry tomatoes and perfectly cooked eggs. It has a similar flavor profile to our popular chicken avocado salad. It is also gluten free and paleo diet friendly.

What is a Cobb Salad?

The classic Cobb salad is classic American salad. It is typically made with chicken, tomato, bacon, boiled eggs, avocado, chives and roquefort cheese, all layered in strips over a bed of mixed greens and served with red wine vinaigrette.

There are several stories circulating about the origin of the Cobb salad but the the most popular is that it was invented by Robert Howard Cobb (a restaurant owner during the Hollywood era). As the story goes, he hadn’t eaten until nearly midnight when he threw together leftovers from the kitchen with French dressing and this iconic salad was born.

What is a cobb salad with layers of salmon, avocado, hard boiled eggs, corn and cherry tomatoes over romaine lettuce

I just love it when recipes are created following cravings on a hungry stomach. One of my all-time favorite salads was dreamed up that way driving home from a long night-shift when I was working as a telemetry nurse.

Ingredients for Cobb Salad:

  • Use pan wild-caught salmon whenever you can get your hands on it. Read more about the differences between wild caught and farm raised salmon here.
  • Fresh corn on the cob generally has the sweetest and best flavor, but when it is not in season, feel free to substitute with frozen (cooked according to package instructions) or well-drained canned corn.
  • Any size, shape or color of tomatoes will work in this recipe.

Ingredients for Cobb Salad with Salmon, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, corn and cilantro lime dressing

Watch Natasha Make Salmon Cobb Salad:

We found that pan seared salmon it is the quickest and easiest way to prepare salmon for a salad. It is the method you will see in the video, but grilled salmon, or even baked salmon would work just as well. If you have leftover salmon from lunch, make this salad for dinner and you will be your own “Robert Howard Cobb!” (see story above).

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How to make Salmon Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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Salmon Cobb Salad Recipe:

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


Salmon Cobb Salad is a modern spin on the classic American Cobb salad. It is definitely a feel-good, protein packed salad loaded with crisp lettuce, sweet corn, avocados, ripe cherry tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $18-$24
Keyword: Cobb Salad, Salmon Cobb Salad
Calories: 432 kcal
Servings: 4 people as a side salad

Ingredients

Ingredients for Pan Seared Salmon:

  • 1 lb salmon boneless, skinless (preferably wild-caught)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Ingredients for Cobb Salad:

  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce chopped, rinsed and spun dry
  • 2 ears of corn cooked, shucked and cut off the cob
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs peeled and quartered
  • 1 large avocado peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice from 1 to 2 limes
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tbsp dill chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove pressed or finely minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. Season salmon generously with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add salmon, top-side down and cook until golden and crisp on the first side (4 minutes) then flip salmon and continue cooking another 4 minutes or until cooked through, depending on thickness of salmon. Transfer to a plate and cool to room temperature then flake salmon with forks into bite-sized pieces.

  2. Arrange romaine lettuce on a large platter or large shallow bowl.

  3. Arrange remaining salad ingredients in rows over the romaine lettuce; cooked corn kernels, sliced onion, quartered eggs, sliced avocado, and halved cherry tomatoes.

  4. Combine dressing ingredients in a measuring cup and stir to combine. Drizzle evenly over the salad just before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Cobb Salad Recipe:
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 1261mg55%
Potassium 1124mg32%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1245IU25%
Vitamin C 25.7mg31%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Disclosure

Do you have any food stories of your own? Have you ever invented a recipe or made it better than the original by following your cravings? Let me know in a comment below :).

Salmon Cobb Salad is a modern spin on the classic American Cobb salad. It is definitely a feel-good, protein packed salad loaded with crisp lettuce, sweet corn, avocados, ripe cherry tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs. | natashaskitchen.com