Serve an Epic Cobb Salad Board Recipe for easy entertaining! Make a Chicken Cobb Salad with bacon, eggs, sliced fresh veggies, and Thousand Island Dressing!

Friends, I can’t be the only one who says, “let’s get together for a meal,” but doesn’t follow up with it. Am I?

Today, invite a few friends over for lunch or dinner and serve an Epic Cobb Salad Board.

Epic Cobb Salad Board Recipe

It’s quite lovely to serve a salad this way, and easy to put together! Serve with a fresh Strawberry Lemonade drink!

Ingredients for a chicken cobb salad

You need standard “cobb” ingredients for this board:

  • Rotisserie chicken, bacon, and hard cooked eggs
  • Butter lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and red onion
  • Roguefort cheese
  • Thousand Island Dressing (you can make your own, or try my Best Thousand Island Dressing!)
  • Avocados, lemon slices, and parsley for garnish

How to prepare the day before:

1. Get your shopping done the day before. It always makes hosting the next day less stressful.
2. Boil your eggs. You can use my Hard Cooked Eggs method for the perfect eggs! Allow to cool, peel, and keep in the fridge.
3. Cook the bacon; cool and chop into small pieces.
4. Arrange the olives, sliced onions, and dressing in a small bowls, cover and store in the fridge.
5. Pull and chop the rotisserie chicken and place on a large plate.

The day of, it’s easy to assemble the ingredients for this board in no time!

What to serve with a cobb salad

Of course, it depends on the number of guests coming over, but here are a few suggestions:

Hot dinner rolls or warm bread (with butter, of course)
Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad
Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
BLT Pasta Salad
Italian Spaghetti Salad

Why serve boards for a meal?

In years past, my entertaining was a little different than it is now. We live a more casual lifestyle now, which I love, and which translates into easy entertaining. I’m also in a different season of my life now.

Dinners in the past were more a grand gesture of love and affection, but there’s one thing that has never changed. The power of delegation! I always planned my menu around guests contributing to the meal, and honestly, that is how you do it when you’re on a budget.

Hosting an entire meal these days is quite expensive!

Which is why I love boards. They are casual and fun. Ask your guests to bring the drinks and desert.

Let me just say, the art of invitation is worth it. The effort is always received as the loving gesture it is intended to be.

Come on over, share a meal, let’s dive into each other’s lives and get to know one another!

So follow up with that someone who you discussed getting together with, and actually finish getting that date on the calendar!

28-inch Charcuterie Board

Friends, here are the boards that I LOVE. A “lip” is the secret to the best charcuterie or dinner board, because the food does not fall off. [This post has affiliate links. Every purchase from these links supports RE at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Here are the affiliate links:

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray, Large – 28.5 inches round.

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 24 inches round.

MEDIUM Hand-Carved Vine Round Tray (white washed)

SMALL Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 18 inches.

Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

Follow along how to season a charcuterie board for the details, but we used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

a large oval white serving tray

Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray

Today I’m using an Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset!

It has a porcelain enamel durable coating, easy to clean, it’s shatterproof, and resistant to stains, scratches and rust. YAY!

It’s also lightweight and versatile, and I LOVE IT.

Did I mention, it’s food safe?

Use it for a tray to carry food or glasses to your deck, or as a food board!

You can buy the Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset, HERE.

I also found this on Amazon, a LARGE charcuterie board, but it doesn’t have a lip. This Pine Extra Large Charcuterie Board is 22 inches round..

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Epic Cobb Salad Board Recipe


  • 4 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 16 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, cooled and cut in half
  • 6 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 heads of butter lettuce, chopped or lay leaves down
  • 1 brick Roquefort cheese
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup black olives, drained and sliced
  • 2 cups Thousand Island Dressing, or make your own - LINK
  • 3 large avocados, halved
  • 8 slices lemon
  • Parsley, for garnish


  • On a large prepared board, leave space for a large plate in the center of the board to hold the chicken, sliced eggs, and bacon.
  • In small bowls, place the sliced olives, red onion, and dressing.
  • Around the outside, arrange the butter leaf lettuce (optional to chop it ahead of time).
  • Fill in open spaces for the remaining ingredients. Add lemon slices and parsley for garnish and serve!
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