Lobster Cobb Salad on a white platter with lobster, hardboiled eggs, avocados, corn, and fresh greens.

Lobster Cobb Salad Recipe

Lobster Cobb Salad is a classic with an elegant twist. Perfect for special occasions or when you want to spoil yourself with something out of the ordinary!

Lobster Cobb Salad on a white platter with lobster, hardboiled eggs, avocados, corn, and fresh greens.
Lobster Cobb Salad Recipe

Lobster Cobb Salad is a classic with an elegant twist – simple sophistication at its finest!

Serving of Lobster Cobb Salad on blue plate.

We were at an airport restaurant a few weeks ago, waiting for our flight back to San Francisco. I scanned the menu and saw the cobb salad. With memories of my father in law still raw in my heart, I ordered it, his favorite salad.

The phone rang several nights ago. It was my husband, on a business trip in LA. “What did you have for dinner?” I asked. I expected the answer to be sushi – especially since he is always eager to visit his favorite spot while in town. But after a long day, he was drained and decided to walk downstairs to the hotel restaurant instead. The Lobster Cobb Salad caught his eye. Each delicious bite reminded him of dad, and he raved, “You’ve got to make this.”

All of the ingredients of Lobster Cobb Salad laid out in neat rows on an oval platter.

Early yesterday morning, he went in search of lobster, and returned soon after with two plump specimens. Into the boiling pot they went, their fate destined for a delicious salad. Then as I chopped up the vegetables, I thought of my father in law; it was his birthday. It seemed right to make this dish.

He was so fond of this humble salad – it seemed to be his favorite thing to order whenever we ate together. It’s a salad you can find nearly anywhere, and I came to take it for granted. But I learned a thing or two as I was preparing this post. That it was actually a California original, created in 1937, at what was the Brown Derby restaurant in LA. That there was, indeed, a Mr. Cobb – the restaurant’s owner. That there is an ease as well as a finesse to assembling a beautifully composed salad. I wonder what my father-in-law would have thought of our lobster version? I like to think that he would have wholeheartedly approved.

A plate of salad on a table beside a fork.

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Lobster Cobb Salad

This is a classic with an elegant twist. But don’t be frightened – lobster prices have been fairly reasonable lately, and if its a matter of cooking the lobster, well, you can always buy it already cooked.
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 454kcal


For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon blue cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 bunch watercress some of the stems trimmed, chopped
  • 6 oz cooked lobster meat chopped (see notes below)
  • 2 oz. blue cheese crumbled (I used Point Reyes Original Blue.)
  • 6 strips cooked bacon roughly chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs peeled and diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted, and cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground to taste


  • For the Dressing: Combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, blue cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Blend until creamy.
  • Optionally, this can also be done with a whisk.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. This can be done a few days in advance – the flavors do improve with time. Be sure to whisk before using.
  • For the Salad: Boil the lobster, then chop.
  • Toss the romaine lettuce and watercress in a large bowl with a few tablespoons of dressing.
  • Arrange on a platter and top with the lobster, blue cheese, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, avocado and corn.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Inspired by the Lobster Cobb Salad served at the Ritz Carlton, Marina del Ray, California and adapted from Cobb Salad, Saveur (July, 2012), originally from The Los Angeles Times California Cookbook (Plume, 1981) and Cobb Salad by Ellie Krieger, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger via Food Network..


Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 1365mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1621IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg
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    • Liren Baker

      Grace, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your bringing this to my attention. That really means so much — I will reach out to them. Thank you!

  1. Raquel

    This salad is beautiful & I lobster & salads might be my favorite things. Saving this recipe for a special occasion meal.

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have a feeling that I’ll be addicted to this salad that I need lobster every week! This looks beautiful, delicious, healthy…everything I ask for. Oh and I can eat this as main meal happily!

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    As an ex-carnivore turned pescatarian, I’m always excited to find new ways of incorporating seafood into entree salads. Also, as a lobster fan (oh, yeah, and they’re $3.99/lb here), I can definitely get behind this.

    • Liren

      SO LUCKY. You are right at the source! I can’t get over how affordable lobster is right now. I wish those prices were the same here – our local market can’t seem to embrace the current lobster economy, but I can’t complain, it’s worth it!

    • Liren

      Thank you, Laura! I love when we can recreate restaurant inspired dishes at home – so rewarding (saves gas, too!).

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