This copycat recipe for the popular Panera Green Goddess Salad recipe is super flavorful, fresh, and easy to make. A cobb salad loaded with pan-seared chicken, bacon, hard boiled eggs, crispy bacon, pickled onions, and drizzled with a creamy herb dressing.
FreshAvocado – Look for ripe avocados that are firm with a little give when you give them a gentle squeeze.
Green Goddess Salad Dressing – Creamy, herby salad dressing made with fresh basil, sour cream, dijon mustard, and white wine vinegar all whisked together in a bowl or blended in a food processor. You can find the easy recipe here.
How To Make Green Goddess Salad
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You can make this Green Goddess Salad in under 30 minutes for a healthy yet filling dinner.
Prep the Chicken – Pat the chicken breasts dry then lightly pound them so they are an even thickness. Cover them in plastic wrap or place in a ziptop plastic bag before pounding to contain the raw chicken juices.
Cook Chicken – Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook in the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes before flipping and cooking for 4-5 minutes more. The chicken is cooked when the internal temp is 165℉. Set aside to cool.
Assemble Salads – Divide the washed and dried lettuce among the 4 plates or meal-sized bowls. Slice up the chicken and add to the lettuce along with the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle over the green goddess salad and serve immediately.
What does cobb mean in a salad?
A cobb salad typically has chopped chicken, tomatoes, bacon, hard boiled eggs, blue cheese, and is tossed with a vinaigrette. This Panera Bread copycat recipe has similar ingredients to a cobb salad but a different dressing.
I love to serve the salad in individual meal-sized bowls for each person. Although you could make the entire salad in one giant salad bowl so everyone can serve themselves.
Leftover Chicken or Rotisserie Chicken – You can also use leftover chicken and slice up a rotisserie chicken to save time.
Grilled Chicken – Instead of cooking the chicken in a skillet on the stove, you can also grill them up for a little char and smoky flavor.
Other Lettuces – Instead of spring mix, you can use another baby lettuce mix, a 50/50 spinach-lettuce blend, Romaine lettuce, arugula or other mixed greens.
Other Ingredient Options – Feel free to customize the salad, adding some feta cheese, Parmesan or Romano cheese, or fresh herbs like parsley or tarragon.
For best results, I like to either store the salad ingredients separately or wait to add the dressing until right before serving. Always store fresh lettuce with a paper towel. It will collect moisture and help the lettuce remain fresher longer.
Pound Chicken Breasts – Pounding the chicken to an even thickness ensures even and easier cooking.
Wash and Dry Lettuce – For any salad, it’s always best to wash the lettuce, then make sure to dry it really well. This helps the dressing stick to the leaves better.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.