Southwestern Cobb Salad with Creamy Poblano Dressing

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Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This Southwestern Cobb Salad with Creamy Poblano Dressing is a healthy tex-mex inspired salad recipe. It’s the perfect fresh lunch for the whole family!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Creamy Poblano Dressing

So a couple of weeks ago, we went to Arizona to visit my husbands sister, her husband, and their sweet newborn.

Typically we would stay at their house but we decided to have a little fun with them and stay at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale. It was absolutely gorgeous, almost like a little oasis in the dessert! The pool area was seriously phenomenal, it had all kinds of fountains, like 5 different pools, water basketball & volleyball, but the best part was the walk in SAND beach front!

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Literally there was a sand beach leading up to the pool, which Cason had an absolute blast in, then as you walked into the water from the beach it was a solid 25 ft of sand on the bottom of the pool. But then at one point there was a vent that basically stopped the sand from coming over into the regular part of the pool. Seriously so cool and mind blowing.

Beyond that they had some pretty amazing restaurants there too! One night in particular we dined at a Southwestern inspired restaurant. I ended up getting a Margarita, Chicken Tortilla Soup that will forever be in my mind, and then Mike and I split a Southwestern Cobb Salad which is what inspired todays recipe.

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When Mike and I ordered this Cobb Salad we had no idea the insane flavor explosion that was awaiting us on the other end of that fork.

I seriously couldn’t stop eating it! There were all my favorite heavy “tex-mex hitters” – poblano peppers, cilantro, avocado, grill corn, and queso fresco! And then add in the hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, grilled chicken and you have yourself one fantastic can’t put the fork down salad.

If you are looking for a main dish salad recipe then this is it, believe me, don’t look any further just make this … and you will be utterly satisfied!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Creamy Poblano Dressing

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • category Category: Lunch
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This Southwestern Cobb Salad with Creamy Poblano Dressing is a healthy tex-mex inspired salad recipe. It’s the perfect fresh lunch for the whole family!



Southwestern Cobb Salad:

  • 6 cups of kale, thinly chopped
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, diced
  • 4 strips of bacon, diced
  • 3/4 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ears of grilled corn, remove kernels from cob
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup of queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, diced

Creamy Poblano Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of poblano peppers, roasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 oz. of plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • juice of 2 limes {about 3 tablespoons}
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • salt & pepper


  1. In a small food processor, add garlic clove, poblano pepper, greek yogurt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, smoked paprika, lime juice, cilantro, salt, & pepper. Process until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, add kale, hardboiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, avocado, bacon, queso fresco, and grilled chicken breast in a bowl. Toss so that everything is mixed up.
  3. Serve with Creamy Poblano Dressing.

Keywords: cobb salad recipe, southwestern salad recipe, southwestern salad, easy salad recipe, healthy salad recipe, tex mex recipe, healthy salad, easy salad

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20 Responses
  1. Teresa

    This looks wonderful. I love the salad dressing recipe. I’ll have to try this one out since I eat so many salads. Thanks for sharing, Krista.

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    LOVE this dressing recipe! The salad looks amazing but I’m always really excited about a new dressing that doesn’t look super intimidating! Thanks for sharing this. Your vacation sounded amazing – I’ve never been to AZ but heard Scottsdale is beautiful.

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Awww.. yeah for non-intimidating dressings! This one is seriously becoming a favorite of mine! Hope you get a chance to make it!

      Scottsdale is definitely beautiful, if you get a chance to go .. do it!

  3. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Sounds like the perfect little vacation… especially with the little man! Loving how you made this dressing with roasted poblanos!

  4. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    That looks incredible! Southwest flavoured salads are my absolute favourite. I can’t not order one when I see it on a menu! Luckily the rest of the family loves them too so I can make them all the time. Can’t wait to try this one!

  5. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    These flavors! Seriously I am chaining my lunch plans (which I was still figuring out…) to this. I LOVE cobb salads but the southwestern flavors are amazing. Pinned!!

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