This Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing is full of delicious ingredients, and a great dish to bring to a party or potluck!

Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing

Enjoy this Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing, so delicious any time of year. I love bringing this salad in a giant bowl to a potluck because everyone loves it.

What is a cobb salad?

The Cobb salad is a usually an American garden salad that is served as a main dish. But it also makes a great potluck dish to bring to a party.

Typically a “cobb” is made with chopped salad greens (iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce), boiled eggs, tomato, a protein (turkey, salmon, or chicken), avocado, chives, Roquefort cheese (blue cheese), and red-wine vinaigrette.

Best Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing

Live and breathe hospitality

Last night, as the snow was coming down, we were nestled together with friends in town, sharing a meal. I was looking at the beautiful hostess, holding and juggling her baby on her hip, as she was greeting and hugging guests.

Hair pulled back, comfortable in her own skin, wise and mature beyond her years, hospitality in her eyes.

She and her husband live and breathe hospitality. Every week we gather with new friends in their home, usually with a theme for supper in mind (this week – southern cooking!), and the night is rich and full.

Babies are put down to bed, we eat, sit and talk. We end with communion, a large piece of bread and a cup of wine. And then we talk some more.

Food changes our lives

When I think about food, and what it means to us–as a society, as friends and family, and as a community–beyond nourishment, it really does changes our lives.

I’m sure you have your own stories of sharing food and recipes with others in your home. Or being invited to a home for dinner. Seeing the way that other people entertain always makes me smile.

No matter what your style, or what you are serving, life is definitely best shared with company, eating together.

Southern Cobb Salad

Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing

Having the ingredients in my fridge to make a delicious Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing, I knew exactly what I was bringing to the potluck.

A large salad bowl is best for a potluck salad, because we all know when you fill a salad to the brim, it’s messy and hard to toss and serve, right?  Make the dressing, flavored with sweet onion and garlic, in the blender ahead of time. You can double the recipe, and refrigerate for up to 4 days!

It’s a pretty salad (toss the greens only ahead of time, and then arrange the remaining ingredients in rows on top, ready to serve!) Or, you can arrange the salad and pass the dressing at the table.

For this night, my salad paired well with the chicken, grits, and comfort mac and cheese potluck dishes that were brought to our dinner! YUM!

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Southern Cobb Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing

I double this recipe when bringing to a potluck!
Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.


  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
  • 2 large sweet Vidalia onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup + 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 10 lightly packed cups mixed lettuces, 8 ounces
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup cooked fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced lengthwise


  • Heat the 4 Tbsp. olive oil on medium heat in a large frying pan; saute the garlic for 1 minute; add in the chopped onions. Saute on low for 10-12 minutes until tender. The onions and garlic may be lightly charred and soft. Allow to cool.
  • In a blender, add the onion mixture, olive oil, cider vinegar and lemon juice; puree until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste; chill until ready to serve.
  • In a large bowl, add the lettuce. Arrange the remaining ingredients in rows over the bed or lettuce for a pretty presentation. Serve with salad dressing on the side.
  • Or, toss the greens ahead of time with dressing (according to how many greens you use), then layer the remaining ingredients (see photo above).


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