Recipe Review

Martha Stewart’s Cobb Salad Is the Summer Staple You Won’t Regret Trying

published Jul 22, 2022
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Lately I’ve been spending way too much money eating out for lunch. As the weeks go by, the cost really adds up for keeping the endless pit I call my appetite satisfied.

When I get the feeling that I need to make a change in my eating habits, my go-to solution has been to incorporate salads into my lunchtime eating habits. And lucky for me, I can now add Martha Stewart’s jewel of a recipe that incorporates a poached chicken breast into her already wonderful Cobb salad.

Poaching chicken breast provides a juicy and flavorful bite and is very easy to prepare. To start, add your bone-in chicken breast to a pot of cool water and add carrot, a stalk of celery, some parsley, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer, keeping the water between 170° and 180°F. The chicken should be finished after approximately 15 to 18 minutes — or when the internal temperature reads 160°F.

Remove the chicken and add to a large bowl and, using a strainer, fill the bowl with the broth. Letting the chicken cool while submerged in the broth yields the juiciest and most tender results that you are not going to regret. Once cooled, remove the skin and pull the breast off the bone. You can cut it into cubes or strips to be added to your already prepared salad.  

The rest of the salad comes together very easily using romaine lettuce, chopped-up crispy bacon, diced tomatoes, boiled eggs, blue cheese crumbles, and avocado. The addition of the chicken breast makes this salad an ideal lunchtime meal: Light enough, yet packed with everything you need to have energy for the rest of the day. Top it with mustard vinaigrette — or your favorite salad dressing — and we’ve got ourselves a true Martha Stewart original.

In the spirit of keeping things on the lighter side, you’ll want to try out Martha’s watermelon salad that practically makes itself and comes in clutch on these hot summer days. And if you’re on the hunt for an easy way to have your fruits and veggies every morning, be sure to try her no-kale green juice, which might just be a game changer for me.  

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