Un-Cobb Salad

Composed salad with grilled chicken breast, avocado, apple, mango, and dried cranberries.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes


  • Romaine lettuce, chopped cross-wise in 1-inch strips (or favorite salad greens)
  • Grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • Mango, peeled and chopped (see how to cut a mango)
  • Avocado, seeded, peeled, chopped (see how to cut and peel an avocado)
  • Tart apple, peeled and sliced
  • Dried cranberries
  • Vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing

The Hard Rock Cafe "anti-cobb" salad also has strawberries and supremed orange segments.


Arrange lettuce on a serving platter. Arrange other ingredients in sections on top of the lettuce. Drizzle on salad dressing of choice.

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  • VPitman

    I just had this for lunch at the Hard Rock, New Orleans and decided to look online for a recipe. First, let’s remember that it was the Hard Rock chefs that came with this… Also, the original is served with a tangerine vinaigrette (which I hardly touched, but it was very good, nonetheless).

    You rarely see mango and cranberry together, but the real surprise was avocado, dried cranberries, and strawberries. That was a very nice combination. I often grill avocado after rubbing lightly with olive oil, and I normally serve it with caramelized red onions and a balsamic reduction, but I may just fill each half with thinly sliced strawberries, mango, and dried cranberries, next time.

  • Rdklein

    Another hit! It was as good as it looks, easy, vegetarian and kid-friendly! I couldn’t wait even a week to make it and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration!

  • tom barr

    I tried this salad for dinner to night my wife and I loved it the mango went very well I used red wine vinegar and fresh olive oil very nice

  • jonathan

    How could anyone possibly unlike this un-Cobb salad? Make a pretty pile of Danish blue cheese somewhere on that plate, and I’ll follow you around forever like a lost puppy dog.

    Even without the bacon Jonathan? I’m touched. ;-) ~Elise

  • Patrick

    The recipe seems easy and simple. I wonder how easy it can travel to work or picnic. I am curious to try. Any tips on preventing the browning of avocado if it is to be packed in a lunchbox?

    I would sprinkle the avocado with lemon juice. ~Elise

  • Julie

    Mmm, this looks delicious. I might try it with the chickpeas instead of chicken and I have some poppyseed dressing that I think would be perfect!

  • Angie

    What a genius idea! I always pass Cobb salad by because I don’t like ham, and the majority of them I’ve seen include chopped ham rather than chicken. I love how this makes it more of just an arrangement rather than specific ingredients. You could make this for anybody to suit their tastes.

  • Lisa

    We have salad dinners quite often and this one looks perfect for us! I may leave off the chicken for our meatless meals, especially since there is avocado on the plate. :) Thanks for a great salad suggestion!

    You could always add some chickpeas for protein, if skipping the chicken. ~Elise

  • hannah

    I love this idea! and so very versatile. for me, “composed” salads are the most wonderful meals. today I made one that included a bed of fresh baby spinach, a row of sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, steamed broccoli, sliced avocado, a few slices of grilled lemony tofu, a few slices of cooked sweet potato, all drizzled with a zesty lime-tahini-olive oil dressing (the red onion, sweet potato, and lime-tahini combo is a winner, like smitten kitchen’s squash and chickpea salad!). thank you for all your inspiration, I check your blog regularly and always enjoy your posts.

  • Susan

    I love this type of salad; it’s sort of a salad buffet on a platter! I would include thin sliced pork tenderloin, maybe teriaki style, on the platter, too.