Entertaining Guests with a Vegan Cobb Salad is easy! Enjoy this beautifully arranged Cobb Salad with tomatoes, olives, onions, chickpeas, avocados and more.

Vegan Cobb Salad

Building friendships doesn’t have to be hard. It can be as easy inviting someone over for dinner. But what if they have a diet that is different than yours? For one example, entertaining guests with a Vegan Cobb Salad is easy!

The vegan diet

Our dinner party last week took a little turn when the guests who were invited for dinner let us know they are following a vegan diet, which is also called a “plant-based diet.”

I really appreciated them letting us know, because honestly, I don’t mind changing things up a bit with my menu planning! Usually I make worry-free stand-by recipes. But this time I went to the Kathy from HealthyHappy Life website and adapted her amazing salad recipe.

Cobb Salad Vegan

Entertaining Guests with a Vegan Cobb Salad

I figured salad was safe, right? Especially in the summer months, everyone enjoys a salad.

And the dressing with avocado oil and honey? Delish!

I love the chickpea “egg salad” in this dish, too.

Serve in rows on a giant platter, a pretty presentation.

Vegan Cobb Salad presentation

What is a Vegan Diet?

One thing I’ve learned about vegans is they don’t expect you to come up with a brand new meal for them. They are usually good with salad, maybe a hummus appetizer, and even chips and guacamole. My experience is that, just like anyone else, vegans are just grateful to be invited over.

A vegan diet centers on plant-based foods (eating more wholesome food), and cutting out animal products like diary, meat, eggs, and seafood.

I like the idea of hosting a salad bar in general – where guests with varying diets can make their own salad!

Vegan Cobb Recipe

Don’t be afraid of a Vegan diet

Cooking a different diet for guests might give you an initial “panic” but with the amazing Internet now, it’s so easy to find recipes! I asked on Facebook and received lots of replies and recommendations for sites/recipes from readers.

So don’t let fear stop you. Try a new recipe, and it’s okay to let your guests know that it’s a “new one.” That maybe you’re out of your “cooking zone” but you were willing to give it a shot!

5-minute Vegan Coconut Dessert

Oh, and a quick 5-minute Vegan Coconut Dessert? So good, serve with a premium jelly or make your own compote!

I’m glad our guests said yes to our invite.

And I’m glad they let us know about their diet.

And I love this new salad recipe and will make it again!

Vegan Cobb

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Entertaining Guests with a Vegan Cobb Salad


  • 1 ⁄4 cup avocado oil
  • 3/4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, plus 1/2 tsp zest
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1/4 tsp  garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head batavia lettuce
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 c veganaise
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut as desired
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. minced chives
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 2/3 c sliced black olives


  • In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for dressing thoroughly—make sure the honey is fully dissolved. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl, mash chickpeas roughly with fork. Add in veganaise, mustard, turmeric, and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to mash until ingredients are evenly dispersed. Set aside.
  • Chop and place veggies on top of lettuce leaves—along with chickpea “egg salad” and olives—as desired. Garnish with fresh pepper and chives. Enjoy with a drizzle of dressing!
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More Vegan recipes: Matcha Coconut Ice Cream [Lauren Kelly Nutrition], Vegan Potato Soup Recipe with Beans & Kale [Cookin Canuck], and Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp [Kalyn’s Kitchen].

This post has been updated from 2013!

Entertaining Guests with a Vegan Cobb Salad Recipe

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