This Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette is one hearty meal! You don’t need anything else to go with it. It’s over-the-top delicious and all you’ll want is more of it!Brunoise, chiffonade, mince, rough chop, large dice, thin slices, and grated — these are just a few of the many ways foods can be cut before they are added to recipes. And the entire vibe of a dish can depend on how the ingredients are cut. The size and shape of each ingredient can be as important as the cooking technique. Really.
You might think that it wouldn’t really make a difference if you “roughly chop” versus “finely dice” the carrots you’re adding to a soup.
In addition to having two very different mouth feels, one creates a rustic, casual vibe, while the other a much more refined and elegant one. Each one suits a different mood and craving.
Now, does it really matter? Well that all depends on what you’re going for, and frankly if the experience of a dish is important to you.
When I made this Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad , I was craving very diverse flavors, but ones that even with their differing textures, would all have a relatively similar mouth feel. I wanted each bite to be smooth, comforting, soft, and able to easily absorb the delicious dressing. In a way — and perhaps in my own quirky way — this idea can be compared to eating a bite of ice cream directly out of the carton, where you can curve your spoon around the inside edges of the cardboard container, versus using a small spoon from a small china bowl. Each one will be a different experience. I prefer the carton.
Enjoy every last bite of this scrumptious Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette!
This salad is a hearty meal. You don't need anything else to go with it. It's over-the-top delicious and all you'll want is more of it!
- 4 strips bacon
- 1 approximately (1/2-pound) chicken breast, boneless, skinless
- 2 heads Romaine lettuce, washed and dried, chopped into shreds
- 3 Persian cucumbers, washed and dried, grated (squeeze out excess liquid with your hands after it's grated)
- 1 1/2 cups tomato, washed and dried, seeded, super thinly sliced
- 3 large hard boiled eggs (Click here for How to Hard Boil Eggs), yolks removed and super thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, grated or super thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, washed and dried, cut into a chiffonade (roll up leaves and slice super thinly)
- 1 cup avocado (Click here for How to Peel & Cut an Avocado), super thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Line a large plate with a double layer of paper towels. Set aside.
Add the bacon to a medium-sized sauté pan and cook until it's crispy. When it's done, place the strips on the paper towel-lined plate to drain, and set aside. Do not clean the pan!
Remove any excess fat from the chicken breast and preheat the pan you cooked the bacon in. Use a meat mallet over a piece of plastic wrap to pound the thicker end of the chicken breast so that it becomes even in size. Then season both sides with salt and pepper and add it to the hot pan. Sauté just until it's cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Set aside to cool.
In a large salad bowl, combine the Romaine with the cucumber, tomato, egg, cheese, onion, basil and avocado.
Now add the bacon to the bowl, crumbling it into tiny pieces as you go. Then add the chicken, using your hands to shred it into thin, bite-sized pieces as you go.
In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, mustard and garlic. Once it's blended, gradually whisk in the oil. Season generously to taste with salt and pepper. (Here's How to Season to Taste.)
Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and gently toss until all of the ingredients are evenly mixed, and well coated with the dressing.