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How to Make the H.E.B. Cobb Salad at Home

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H.E.B. Family Size Cobb Salad

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The H.E.B. Cobb Salad

I adore the H.E.B. Cobb Salad! You can make it at home using H.E.B. ingredients, or the basic ingredients bought at other stores and markets. This recipe makes a large amount of salad, so best to prepare it for a crowd, or just use a smaller amount of the ingredients for a family meal.

If you live in Texas, you probably have heard of the Howard E. Butt grocery stores*. I do a considerable amount of my grocery shopping here. I also use Instacart* to deliver the groceries.

By far, my favorite salad made at the store is their family-sized Cobb Salad. It is always fresh and delicious. The family-size salad serves two to four people for a meal. We also put blue cheese salad dressing on top.

If I am ever asked to provide a pot-luck meal, I would get the ingredients separately, and build a gigantic salad from scratch to bring. This article covers how to do just that!

Ingredients for the H.E.B. Cobb Salad:

  • Baby spinach - the bottom layer of greens, or use salad greens of your choosing.
  • Herb-Grilled chicken strips
  • Smoked bacon crumbles (uncured)
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Sliced kalamata olives
  • Diced avocado
  • Sliced hard-boiled eggs
  • Diced red onions
  • Champagne cherry tomatoes

These items can be bought anywhere, and form the basic ingredients for this version of Cobb Salad.

Blue Cheese dressing, if desired, can top off this delicious salad. A red wine vinaigrette dressing is also good.

H.E.B. is Only One Provider of Fresh Ingredients!

Of course, you may buy these ingredients at the store of your choice!

Making Cobb Salad Step By Step:

  1. Add the spinach leaves, or salad greens of your choice, to a large bowl, as much as you like.
  2. Arrange all the other ingredients as you like on top (see photo).
  3. Use salad tongs to plate individual servings.
  4. Top with blue cheese dressing, or the dressing of your choice.
  5. Alternatively, you can assemble single serve salad plates with the ingredients you prefer.
  6. Store any leftovers in the vegetable section of your refrigerator.
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History of the Cobb Salad

“The Cobb salad was born in the wee hours of a Hollywood, California, morning in 1937 at the Brown Derby restaurant. The owner, Bob Cobb, was ruffling through the kitchen's refrigerator, pulling out various remnants including lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, chives and avocado.”

Rediscovering an American Classic, Institute of Culinary Education*

The Institute also offers an alternative version of Cobb Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette dressing.

Cranberry Turkey Cobb Version With Pecans

Resources and References:

Why Texas Grocery Store HEB is the best grocery store in America by Epicurus writer, Paula Forbes.

H.E.B. Home Website

Instacart - Home delivery service

Rediscovering an American Classic, Institute of Culinary Education.edu

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2023 Lela

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