Cajun Cobb Salad

This post is sponsored by Jennie-O. As always, all opinions and recipes are my own.

Lunchtime shouldn’t be a struggle, and this Cajun Cobb Salad makes a flavorful meal that will carry you through the afternoon! On a bed of shredded romaine, layer diced Jennie-O Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast, hardboiled eggs, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Drizzle with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette before tossing and enjoying. This Cajun Cobb Salad can be made ahead for a quick lunch, too!

pouring dressing on a cajun cobb salad

The lunchtime struggle is REAL, y’all.

While Winston and I did splendidly on the Whole30 (because we had to prepare like crazy so we didn’t fall into temptation and hangry decisions), I’ve already fallen back into my old ways less than a week later.

My ‘I don’t know what I’m going to make for lunch because I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to do ALL THE THINGS, so I’ll nibble on a handful of almonds and maybe taste test those cupcakes I needed to photograph for the blog’ lunchtime ways.

Not. Good.

two cajun style turkey breasts

Knowing what I know now about my eating habits and how I do better when I’m prepared, I’ve been trying to prep lunch in advance.

Enter: This Cajun Cobb Salad.

cajun cobb salad in a wooden bowl

Not only is it jam-packed with vegetables, but it’s crazy flavorful and filling. In fact, the days when I’ve eaten this salad, I haven’t needed an afternoon snack.

And that, my friends, is what I look in a lunch these days. 😉

sliced turkey breast

The piece de resistance of the Cajun Cobb Salad is the Jennie-O Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast.

This turkey breast, which you slice yourself, is spicy and smoky with just a hint of sweetness.

It pairs beautifully with the creamy balsamic dressing, as well as the other salad toppings.

And it adds some heat to liven up this salad. Not that the heat is overwhelming or even necessary… but the kick it gives this salad makes me super happy.

cajun cobb salad close up

Winston and I made a ton of jarred salads last month, and this salad could easily be made that way, layering with the tomatoes first, followed by the turkey, avocado, feta, bacon, egg and romaine.

You can also prep all the ingredients separately and store them in the fridge until it’s time to throw them together. Just be sure that you don’t let them sit in the fridge for too long. We had an unfortunate hardboiled egg incident a month ago that no one in this household will forget anytime soon.

Me? I’ve taken to prepping the ingredients separately on the weekend, then enjoying the salad throughout the week.

Easy peasy, oh-so-delicious and the best way to best the lunchtime struggle!

pouring dressing on a cajun cobb salad

Simple and tasty, what’s not to love?

And how gorgeous are all those colors in this salad?

I’m a fan, and I think you will be, too!

Scroll on down to learn how I made this…

 

Cajun Cobb Salad in wood bowl

pouring dressing on a cajun cobb salad
Yield: 4 servings

Cajun Cobb Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Lunchtime shouldn't be a struggle, and this Cajun Cobb Salad makes a flavorful meal that will carry you through the afternoon! On a bed of shredded romaine, layer diced Jennie-O Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast, hardboiled eggs, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Drizzle with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette before tossing and enjoying. This Cajun Cobb Salad can be made ahead for a quick lunch, too!

Ingredients

Cajun Cobb Salad

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup Jennie-O Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast, diced
  • 3 hardboiled eggs, halved
  • 3 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese

Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy mustard, coarse ground
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt-free Creole seasoning

Instructions

Make the Vinaigrette

  1. In a mason jar, measure out the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, apple juice and Creole seasoning.
  2. Shake until combined, then set aside.

Make the Salad

  1. In a large bowl, add the romaine lettuce.
  2. Top with the diced turkey breast, hardboiled eggs, bacon, avocado slices, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.
  3. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad.
  4. Using salad tongs, toss the ingredients until everything is coated in the vinaigrette.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

To turn this into a mason jar salad, layer in the following order: Vinaigrette. Tomatoes. Turkey. Avocado. Feta. Bacon. Egg. Romaine. Store in the refrigerator until time to eat, then shake vigorously. (This will make 4-6 mason jar salads, depending on the size of your mason jars.)

To make this an easy assembly salad, simple prepare and chop the ingredients separately and store in separate containers. When it’s time to eat lunch, layer the ingredients into a bowl and toss with the vinaigrette.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 2095mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 18g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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30 Comments

  1. I love the way all of the components of this salad come together to make one delicious dish! This looks perfect for a summer picnic … or any occasion, really!

  2. You’re so right – the colors are gorgeous! And I love that the colors mean this salad is jam-crammed with great nutrition! Definitely the type of lunch that will keep you powered up all afternoon! Super tips about prepping ahead, too – that makes lunchtime so much more do-able! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Shelly! I’m all about the colors, too, and getting in as much goodness as I possibly can in one bowl to power my afternoon. 🙂

  3. I love the Cajun twist on the Cobb salad. This looks incredibly flavorful and filling. That’s a perfect salad in my book!

  4. I love cobb salad – so feeling, delicious, and perfect for hot summer months. The photos with the sauce are soooo beautiful!

  5. I am obsessed with Cajun flavors and we are trying to eat more salads for main meals. Will definitely have to try this!

    1. I hope you and yours enjoy this salad! We’ve dug it since I developed it a little while ago, and it’s always so satisfying. 🙂

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