Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch

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Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch is the perfect lunch recipe to make ahead and eat when you’re on the go!

Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch is the perfect lunch recipe to make ahead and eat when you're on the go!
Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch

Chicken, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, eggs, blue cheese and lettuce all conveniently layered in a jar with a light homemade ranch – portable and perfect to make ahead to take to work, school, the beach, park or anywhere you want a delicious meal on the go! This is a very large salad, with plenty of protein so it will leave you full for hours.

Chicken, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, eggs, blue cheese and lettuce all conveniently layered in a jar with a light homemade ranch – portable and perfect to make ahead to take to work, school, the beach, park or anywhere you want a delicious meal on the go!

If you’re not familiar with jar salads, the dressing goes on the bottom layered with vegetables that don’t wilt and topped with the more delicate lettuces. I wasn’t sure how the avocado would hold up, but I ate my second salad two days later at the beach and it was still perfect (mine was not too ripe). To eat, shake it all up and pour it onto a plate.

Cobb Salad Helpful Tips:

  • If you prefer to use powdered buttermilk instead of buying a carton, that would work fine.
  • No jar, no problem. Salad can also be made ahead and stored in a regular Tupperware container. Just be sure to put the dressing on the side in a separate container.

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Chicken, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, eggs, blue cheese and lettuce all conveniently layered in a jar with a light homemade ranch – portable and perfect to make ahead to take to work, school, the beach, park or anywhere you want a delicious meal on the go!

Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch is the perfect lunch recipe to make ahead and eat when you're on the go!
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Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch

368 Cals 32 Protein 14 Carbs 21 Fats
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 2 Servings
COURSE: Lunch
CUISINE: American
Chicken, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, eggs, blue cheese and lettuce all conveniently layered in a jar with a light homemade ranch – portable and perfect to make ahead to take to work, school, the beach, park or anywhere you want a delicious meal on the go!

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup 1% buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped scallion
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • fresh black pepper

Salad

  • 2 strips center-cut bacon
  • 10 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 ounces 1/2 small avocado, diced
  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 4 ounces cooked or grilled chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 ounce 1 generous tablespoon crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce

Instructions

  • Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Set aside
  • Cook the bacon according to package directions. Once cooked, place strips on a paper towel lined plate and allow to cool. Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes, avocado, eggs, and chicken. Once cool, chop the bacon.
  • In each quart size mason jar, divide all ingredients evenly. Layer the dressing, chicken, tomato, eggs, cheese, bacon and top with chopped romaine and avocado (I suggest adding avocado the day you plan to eat it).

Notes

These are the wide mouth mason jars I use which you can buy on amazon (affiliate link).

Nutrition

Serving: 1jar, Calories: 368kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 274mg, Sodium: 674mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 7g
WW Points Plus: 9
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Chicken, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, eggs, blue cheese and lettuce all conveniently layered in a jar with a light homemade ranch – portable and perfect to make ahead to take to work, school, the beach, park or anywhere you want a delicious meal on the go!

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83 comments

  1. this recipe was delicious! I didnt have buttermilk so I used fat free greek yogurt and milk. and i cant get scallions where i live so I omitted them. Will make again!

  2. (I sent a message but I don’t think it went through. Apologies if this is a repeat.) I LOVED this recipe; the dressing is fabulous! Question, though: I’m on WW Blue plan. Your recipe gives it 5 WW Blue points, but when I enter it in my app, it gives it 7 pts (this is on Blue plan in my app). I don’t understand. Can you explain why?

    • Do, and rely, on your own calculations. The recipe and the nutrition facts are based on the ingredients SHE used, not the ones you used.

      I use her calculations as a guide, but if I want solid numbers, I do it myself based on my ingredients. It’s not hard.

  3. Is the amount of green scallions correct? I chopped up an entire batch and it barely gave me 1/4 cup and I was trying to double the recipe. 

  4. I don’t see how this can be under 400 calories but I’ll take it! So good and that dressing is a keeper!

  5. How long will these keep, refrigerated?

  6. Soooo good! I’m not even a big salad fan and this was delicious. The dressing is fantastic! I would love to see more jar salads like this. 🙂

  7. This was absolutely delicious.  The ranch dressing is so tasty and makes the salad.  Great meal and very satisfying. 

  8. how long do these salads last in mason jar?

  9. For how long would you say this dressing lasts in the refrigerator? I would like to make enough to last for several days. I want to plan the lunches for the next week and I plan to have a salad for lunch at least 4 of the days of the next 5. I know if it is already made and planned, I won’t be tempted to cheat! Thanks for any answer you can give.

  10. The buttermilk dressing is delcious. This will be my new favorite go to salad!

  11. This is one of our favorite recipes! My daughter loves the idea of the salad in a jar. The dressing is delicious and so easy to make. You can also make substitutions if someone doesn’t eat a particular ingredient. This salad is very far from boring and is always a hit to serve to guests at a lunch or dinner party. It is always perfectly fresh and crispy as the directions guide you to the correct order for the ingredients!

  12. I love that the ranch is made from scratch! It was so tasty, I will never buy ranch again. I didn’t want to spend extra money on buttermilk, so I made my own by mixing lemon juice with milk and letting it sit for 10 min to thicken. Absolutely loved it!
    The only thing I would do differently next time, and it’s just a personal preference, is put the bacon in a separate baggie so I can warm it up before adding it to the salad. I’m not a big fan of cold bacon. 
    Thank you for making Cobb salad healthy!