Cobb Salad with Marinated Chicken and Avocado Vinaigrette

Cobb Salad with Marinated Chicken and Avocado Vinaigrette

We have spent the past two weeks in Hawaii.  It was a lot of travel and a great deal of eating out.  I was very excited to go to the farm today, pick up our share of fresh organic produce, and come home to cook a healthy meal.

Marinated Chicken
1 ½- 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts or thighs (highly recommend pastured chicken from Hershberger Heritage Farm)
4 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Clean chicken and add to bowl.  Allow to marinate at least 30 minutes. Preheat grill to about 400°F.  Grill chicken until cooked through.  Cook time with vary depending on thickness of chicken.

Cobb Salad
Salad greens
4 kale leaves- stem removed, thinly chopped
1 cucumber- thinly sliced
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
3 hard-boiled eggs- thinly sliced
1 ½ avocadoes- pit removed and sliced
5-6 slices cooked bacon- chopped (We love the Paleo bacon from Hershberger Heritage Farm)
2 Tbsp hemp hearts
1 large sweet onion- peeled
2 Tbsp olive oil

Avocado Vinaigrette
½ avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh parsley
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ cup grilled sweet onion

Cut onion into four equal slices.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Cook on grill that’s been preheated to about 400°F.  Grill about 3-4 minutes per side, until onions have grill marks and are fork tender.  Remove onions from grill when done and cut into ½ inch slices.

Assemble salad on single serving plates or a large platter.  Cover plate with salad greens, then sprinkle chopped kale on top.  Layer each of the other toppings- cucumber, cherry tomatoes, eggs, avocado, bacon, hemp hearts, and grilled sweet onion.

Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a blender.   Blend well until you have a smooth dressing.  Drizzle over salad, serve with marinated chicken, and enjoy!

Recipe and Photos by Stephanie Borzio. Stephanie Borzio is a mom of three active boys and is an autoimmune warrior. After battling her own health for several years, Stephanie found healing through food and lifestyle changes, including joining Blooming Glen Farm CSA of which she is a long time member. She is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who is passionate about sharing healthy living tips and real food recipes. Instagram & Facebook: Tru You Essentials; Website:

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