A delicious, filling, healthy, protein-packed Copycat Recipe of Cafe Zupas California Protein Cobb Salad. Packed with vegetables and topped with a sweet and tangy herb vinaigrette!
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You guys, this salad is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! My husband discovered this little gem at Cafe Zupas a couple of years ago and introduced it to me. Let me tell you. I LOVE this salad. I CRAVE this salad. It is so filling, healthy and delicious. It is totally packed with protein and the Herb Vinaigrette is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. This salad is HEAVEN in a bowl!
To avoid going broke from going out to lunch and dinner at Cafe Zupas every day to consume this beautiful piece of work, I decided that I needed to come up with a recipe for this salad to make at home. The key is the dressing. Although you have a choice between Ranch dressing and Herb Vinaigrette dressing at the restaurant, I have never tried this salad with ranch because the herb vinaigrette is so wonderfully addicting.
After a little trial and error with the dressing, I believe i have come up with an almost exact replica of Cafe Zupas California Protein Cobb Salad. The only thing this salad is lacking, is someone to whip it up for you and do the dishes when you’re finished. But that’s what husbands and kids are for, right?
This salad is very easy to throw together and a lot of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry! Begin by adding all of the herb vinaigrette salad dressing ingredients to your blender and blend. Blend away, my friend! I don’t know what blender you use, but I bought a Magic Bullet a few years ago and I LOVE it! It gets used at least 2-3 times a day for everything from protein shakes to this yummy dressing! I love that it comes with multiple cups and blades. Its has a TON of power and is perfect for so many jobs. If you don’t already have a good blender, I definitely recommend the Magic Bullet!
Next, Place your chicken breasts in a zip top bag and pour half of the dressing over the chicken. Let it marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
Chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces. For me, I like to cut my lettuce almost like a chopped salad. I hate having to eat giant pieces of lettuce or feeling like i have to use a knife to cut my salad! Slice the hard boiled eggs, grape tomatoes and black olives.
Slice open an avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and smash it to guacamole consistency.
Heat a griddle or grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the bag and place it on the hot grill. Cook on each side for 4 or 5 minutes until the juices run clear. Remove the chicken from the grill and tent with foil. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
While the chicken is “resting”, You can begin to assemble the salad. Place the lettuce and the remaining vinaigrette in a large bowl with a lid. Shake to toss the salad and coat the lettuce with the dressing. Place the salad into two bowls. Place all of the toppings on the lettuce. Slice the chicken and place it on top of the salad. Serve this salad with these delicious Honey Buttermilk Biscuits and your meal will be complete!
Make sure you pin Cafe Zupas California Protein Cobb Salad Copycat Recipe below so that whenever your craving for this salad comes, you can quickly find this recipe. I’m warning you, its addicting!