Make-Ahead Quinoa Cobb Salad
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Make-Ahead Quinoa Cobb Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

This Make-Ahead Quinoa Cobb Salad is one of my family‚Äôs favorite ways to stretch a (prep day) whole chicken throughout the week. Not only is the chicken prepped in advance, but nearly every other ingredient for this salad may also be prepped ahead of time: quinoa, bacon, sliced vegetables, and the homemade dressing. Every single ingredient may be enjoyed beyond just this salad. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Quinoa Cobb Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 -3 people as a main salad
Calories 867 kcal
Author Kristin Marr


Cobb Salad:

  • 3 cups chopped leafy greens such as: romaine, green leaf, red leaf, or butter lettuce (about half a head of lettuce)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 slices cooked bacon chopped (about 1/2 slices chopped bacon, or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots about 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes about 3-4 radishes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions about 2 green onions, whites and greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers about half a cucumber
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese
  • cup optional add-ins 2 hardboiled eggs chopped; 1 hass avocado, choppped; 1/2chopped tomatoes; 1/2chopped cilantro

Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 TB red wine vinegar
  • 1 TB dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • salt and pepper


  1. To make this a make-ahead salad, prep all the ingredients in advance: cook the quinoa, bacon, and chicken, and slice the vegetables. The cooked meat will keep in the fridge for about 3 days. Read more about the make-ahead method in the post above. The links in the recipe will provide you with homemade recipes and instructions for each cooked ingredient.
  2. Assemble all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients until creamy. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, and toss to combine the salad ingredients and dressing. Serve.