Mexican Summer Cobb Salad Recipe

A main course salad that won’t leave anyone hungry. Grilled chicken breast, avocado, bacon, and sweet corn all drizzled with a queso fresco vinaigrette.

Dressing inspired by Half Baked Harvest.



For the Dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut syrup, agave syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese

For the salad:

  • 2 large (about 1 1/4 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 3 corn tortillas, cut in half then cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, or chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 ears cooked sweet corn, kernels sliced off the cob
  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced


To Make the Dressing:

  1. Combine garlic, lemon juice, balsamic, lime juice, syrup, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Slowly add olive oil while whisking. Gently fold in cheese, careful not to break it up too much. Taste and add more salt if needed. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To Make the Salad:

  1. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high.
  2. If chicken breast are thick, slice them in half horizontally so you have 4 pieces of chicken breast. Drizzle chicken with half of the vegetable oil and rub the grill or grill pan grates with remaining half of the oil. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes a side. Remove to a plate. Once cool enough to handle, slice into strips.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon in a single layer and cook until crisp and brown on both sides. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, keeping pan over the heat. Once bacon is cool enough to handle tear into pieces.
  4. Add tortilla strips to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp and crunchy, about 5 minutes. Remove them to a separate paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Arrange romaine lettuce on a large platter or divide between 4 large plates. Top with arugula, tomatoes, eggs, chicken, bacon, tortilla strips, corn, peaches, and avocado. Drizzle dressing over the top and serve.