Easy Cobb Salad with Tuna (2024)

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This crisp Cobb salad with tuna is refreshing, crunchy, and filling. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner or served as a side dish at your next party!

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Nothing is quite as refreshing as a Cobb salad with tender tuna. I love packing them away for takeaway lunches or serving a huge bowl family-style for BBQs or dinner parties. There’s just something so satisfying about how the hard-boiled eggs, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and salty tuna complement one another.

Whether you’re a die-hard Cobb salad fan or just looking to nosh on something light and healthy, this salad comes together so quickly and requires little legwork. What’s better? It’s filling enough to be eaten as a meal all on its own on a hectic weeknight, much like our tuna melts!

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How to Make Cobb Salad with Tuna

Making a Cobb salad with tuna only requires a little chopping and assembling. It’s so easy, you can hardly even call it a recipe. Below, find a brief rundown of the recipe before you get to it.

  • Hard Boil the Eggs: In a saucepan full of boiling water, hard boil the eggs for 10-12 minutes.
  • Chop the Veggies: Using a sharp knife, dice the veggies and eggs into even-sized pieces.
  • Assemble the Salad: Place the lettuce at the bottom of a serving bowl or atop a large platter and top it with all the fixings. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve right away.
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Cobb Salad Dressing

While there is no set-in-stone rules as to which salad pairs best with a Cobb, there are a couple of tried and true options. Light ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, olive oil and vinegar, or just about any red wine vinaigrette (try this beet salad dressing if you’re looking for a bit of tang) work wonderfully.

Tips & Tricks

Here you’ll find a couple of tips and tricks to help you make the most delicious Cobb salad with tuna.

  • Chop the veggies into similar sizes. Chopping the veggies into similar sizes will bring consistency to each bite and make for better forkfuls.
  • Toss the salad only before you plan to serve it. There’s nothing worse than a soggy salad. Prevent this by holding off on dressing the salad until right before you’re ready to eat.
  • Use a salad spinner to clean your lettuce. Wet lettuce can not only make your salad soggy, but it can also water down your dressing. If you have one, use a salad spinner to wick off any excess moisture.

Other Ingredients to Add

The awesome thing about Cobb salad is how much you can tweak it to fit your particular palate. Below, find a couple of suggestions and variations.

  • Veggies: Red onion, avocado, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, and pickled beets
  • Protein: Crispy bacon bits, air fryer salmon, chicken breast, rotisserie chicken, and air fryer shrimp
  • Herbs: Dill, parsley, basil, chopped green onions, and chives
  • Cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese, blue cheese crumbles, crumbled goat cheese, and feta
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Serving a Cobb

This Cobb salad with tuna is filling enough to be eaten all on its own for lunch or dinner. However, if you’re in the market for a more well-rounded meal, serve it alongside a fresh baguette or some tender air fryer baked potatoes. You can also pair it with a piping hot bowl of tomato basil soup. Don’t forget to top it with a few cracks of black pepper. Yum!

Storing TIps

If your salad is already tossed with dressing, you’ll want to eat it within a couple of hours to prevent it from turning soggy. If you need to store the salad for a couple of hours before serving, make sure to keep the salad and the dressing separate. Additionally, make sure to cover the chopped veggies in a bowl with plastic wrap to ensure the veggies don’t wilt and turn limp.


What makes a Cobb salad a Cobb salad?

Typically, a Cobb salad is made with chopped veggies, hard-boiled eggs, protein, and creamy dressing. That being said, there are no hard-line rules on what makes a Cobb a Cobb.

What’s the difference between a chef salad and a Cobb salad?

A chef salad tends to have sliced deli meats, cheese, veggies, and romaine lettuce. On the other hand, a Cobb salad typically has chopped veggies, chicken or fish, and hard-boiled eggs.

How did the Cobb salad get its name?

The origin of why the Cobb salad got its name is heavily debated. The most popular story is that the owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, Robert Cobb, threw together a bunch of leftover salad ingredients into a bowl on a whim one night in 1937. Supposedly, he loved the salad so much it became a regular item on the menu. The rest is history!

What is Cobb salad dressing made of?

There is no specific dressing associated with Cobb salad. The most typical dressings include ranch dressing, bleu cheese dressing, or vinaigrette.

Can I make Cobb salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make Cobb salad ahead of time. Just make sure to keep the dressing and salad separate until just before you are ready to serve.

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  • Easy Ground Beef Tacos – Salad in taco form


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Easy Cobb Salad with Tuna

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6 Servings

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Recipe contributed by: Natalya Drozhzhin

This crisp Cobb salad with tuna is refreshing, crunchy, and filling. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner or served as a side dish at your next party!


  • 7 oz canned tuna
  • 1/2 english cucumber
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 4 green onions
  • handful of fresh herbs
  • 1/2 cup ranch
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt adjust to taste

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  • In a saucepan, bring a couple of cups of water to boil. Hard boil the eggs for about 10-12 minutes. While the eggs are cooking, rinse all of the veggies.

  • Dice the vegetables and eggs into small, even-sized pieces. Place the lettuce on the bottom of a large serving bowl. Assemble the diced veggies, eggs, herbs, and tuna on top.

  • Toss in the ranch dressing and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Easy Cobb Salad with Tuna

Amount Per Serving

Calories 179 Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 3g15%

Polyunsaturated Fat 6g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Cholesterol 112mg37%

Sodium 530mg22%

Potassium 274mg8%

Carbohydrates 5g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 1014IU20%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 41mg4%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Cobb Salad with Tuna (2024)


What to mix with tuna instead of mayo? ›

Ingredients to make tuna salad

Greek yogurt: I use Greek yogurt rather than mayonnaise, to make this wonderfully creamy. Greek yogurt is also a great source of protein and probiotics. Lemon juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for a wonderful zingy taste that cuts through the yogurt.

Is eating a Cobb salad healthy? ›

Even a simple Cobb salad can clock in at nearly 1,000 calories and 85 grams of fat. Check out the restaurant's nutritional info to make a smart pick. And ask for those toppings on the side.

How do you make Paula Deen's tuna salad? ›

Directions. In a mixing bowl, combine the tuna, eggs, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, celery, relish, and onion. Season the salad with a big pinch of salt and pepper and stir to combine. Serve on a bed of salad greens or on toasted bread, if you like.

Should I rinse canned tuna before using? ›

The American Heart Association says it's best to limit our sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day. The experts at Rutgers University suggest rinsing canned products, including tuna, beans, and veggies.

What is the healthiest way to eat canned tuna? ›

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  3. Tuna & butterbean salad. A star rating of 4.5 out of 5. ...
  4. Storecupboard tuna bean salad. ...
  5. Spicy tuna quinoa salad. ...
  6. Tuna Niçoise protein pot. ...
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  8. Asparagus & tuna salad.

Is canned tuna with mayonnaise healthy? ›

Tuna is a healthy food. But when folks make tuna salad, they tend to go overboard on the mayo adding tons of extra calories and fat. One cup of mayo has a whopping 1440 calories, 160 grams fat, and 24 grams saturated fat. It'll also tack on almost 50 percent of your daily recommended amount of sodium.

What is in a Jennifer Aniston Cobb Salad? ›

The true salad that she ate on set consisted of shredded lettuce, chicken, egg whites, chickpeas, bacon, and a basic vinaigrette, she explained. Occasionally, Aniston would add pecorino cheese from a nearby Italian restaurant to top off the Cobb-style salad.

What's in a Chick-fil-A Cobb Salad? ›

Chick-fil-A® Nuggets, freshly breaded and pressure-cooked, sliced and served on a fresh bed of mixed greens, topped with roasted corn kernels, a blend of shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, crumbled bacon, sliced hard-boiled egg and grape tomatoes. Prepared fresh daily.

What is a Cobb Salad made of? ›

Top the greens with 1 medium cucumber, 4 ounces of cherry tomatoes, 1 shallot, 3 ounces crumbled blue cheese, 8 ounces of cooked chicken breast, 6 slices cooked bacon, 2 large hard-cooked eggs, and 1 diced avocado.

What does Martha Stewart put in her tuna salad? ›

  1. 12 ounces good-quality tuna, packed in oil, drained.
  2. 2 stalks celery, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced.
  3. 1 apple, such as McIntosh or Gala, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch pieces.
  4. 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise, preferably Ojai Cook's Lemonaise Light.
  5. 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves.
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What sauce goes well with tuna? ›

13 Sauces That Pair Well With Tuna
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  • Dijon Vinaigrette. Dijon vinaigrette in bowl - Jane Damiani/Shutterstock. ...
  • Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise in a bowl - Valentyn Volkov/Shutterstock. ...
  • Fish Sauce. ...
  • Romesco Sauce. ...
  • Mango Salsa. ...
  • Teriyaki Sauce. ...
  • Ponzu.
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Is there a healthy mayonnaise? ›

Canola oil, avocado oil and olive oil mayonnaise are available as “healthier” options. Both are higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, but the calories are the same. Additionally, olive oil-based versions tend to combine olive oil with other vegetable oils so that the flavor isn't too overpowering.

Can you use salad cream with tuna? ›

Once the pasta is cooked, take it off the heat, drain well, then add the chopped onion and tuna to the saucepan and mix together with a fork. Finally, add 2-3 generous squeezes/dollops of salad cream and stir well to make sure all of the pasta and other ingredients are coated evenly. Serve and enjoy.

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