Fried Cobb Salad Zaxby’s Copycat Recipe


Fried Cobb Salad Zaxby’s copycat recipe is made on a bed of mixed greens, with tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, as well as cheddar and Jack cheeses. And don’t forget the chicken. Chicken is of course one of the main features of the salad. Serve with our favorite dressing of choice.

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Questions People Ask:

Following are frequently asked questions as they relate to Fried Cobb Salad Zaxby’s.

What chicken should I use?

You can use your favorite brand of fried chicken tenders. We like the kind at Aldi’s in the freezer section. But if you prefer, you can grill or bake a fresh chicken breast instead.

How do I double or triple the recipe?

Doubling or tripling the recipe is easy. Just use twice as much or three times as much for everything you include in your salad.

Can it be made in advance?

Zaxby’s copycat fried cobb salad can be made in advance. We recommend, however, waiting to cut the lettuce until the day that you intend to serve it to keep it from turning brown. All other vegetables can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until they’re used.

Is this recipe keto-friendly?

Yes, this recipe is keto-friendly. Just leave out the fried onions to maximize its keto friendliness. Choose your favorite keto salad dressing to top it all off. 

Can this be made spicy?

Yes, this salad can be made spicy but if it was it wouldn’t be a Zaxby’s fried cobb salad if it was.  However, to add a little pep in your step feel free to add your favorite spice to give it a little zip.

Is this salad a side dish or a meal?

We personally consider this nice, large salad that is chock full of protein and vegetables as main dish meal. However, if you want to serve it as a side, that’s fine too.

Is Zaxby’s Cobb Salad healthy?

Eating a restaurant purchased Zaxby’s Cobb salad might not be any healthier than eating a burger. But when you make it at home you have more control over the ingredients and outcome of your salad. And it can be made healthy.

What are good Cobb salad toppings?

A Cobb salad usually consists of bacon, chicken, boiled eggs, cheese, and tomato. But hey if you’re making this salad, part of the beauty of it is that you can make it with all your favorite toppings. So make sure you take advantage as customize until your heart’s content.

How to make a crispy chicken Cobb salad?

To make a crispy chicken Cobb salad, you’ll want to use fried chicken or breaded chicken. You can make your own homemade, or to simplify things we just buy our favorite breaded chicken strips and use those.

How many calories in Zaxby’s Cobb Salad?

If we’re talking about the restaurant version of Zaxby’s cobb salad, it has 820 calories. Making it at home and using grilled chicken instead of fried chicken will help to bring down and even eliminate the calories.

The number of calories in your homemade copycat version will depend on the ingredients used to make it.

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Zaxby’s Cobb Salad w/ Fried Chicken Nutrition Facts

Here are the nutrition facts for the restaurant version Zaxby’s fried cobb salad with fried chicken.

Calories: 820
Fat: 47 g
Saturated Fat: 16 g
Cholesterol: 345 mg
Sodium: 2100 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 47 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 56 g

Our goal is to help you make this salad in a more health manner at home.

Zaxby’s – Grilled Cobb Salad (No Bread or Fried Onions)

If you eliminate the butter-soaked Texas Toast as well as the fried onions, you’ll naturally be eliminating a significant portion of the fat and calories in this dish.

Zaxby’s Salad Options that You’ll Love!

Zaxby’s has a variety of salads to choose from as well as a variety of salad dressings. But as a home cook and as our role of inspiring others to also cook good meals from home, we’ll tell you that each and every one of these can be made and enjoyed from your home kitchen.

The Blackened Blue Zalad

The Blue Salad is made with mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, blue cheese, fried onions, and your choice of buffalo chicken, blackened chicken, or no chicken.

Zaxby’s Grilled House Zalad

The House Salad is Zaxby’s traditional approach to salad which includes mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, fried onions, and is served with Texas Toast.

Zaxby’s Cobb Zalads

For the Cobb salad, you can have the choice of fried chicken, grilled chicken or no chicken on mixed greens, with tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, as well as cheddar and Jack cheeses.

The Garden Cobb Zalad

The garden Cobb salad is everything that the Cobb salad offers, except it caters to the person who prefers no meat as it has no chicken.

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Zaxby’s Caesar Zalads

Zaxby’s has bid farewell to its Caesar Zalad to make more room for other flavors. The salad included a bed of romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, bacon pieces, parmesan cheese, chicken fingers, and croutons. Caesar dressing was served alongside.

Zaxby’s Southwest Zalad

Zaxby’s Southwest Salad is made with mixed greens, tomatoes, cheese, fire roasted corn, tortilla strips, and served with Southwest Ranch dressing.

Zaxby’s Zensation Zalad

The Zensation Salad has typically been on the menu as a limited time offer. It comes and goes. The salad is made with mixed greens, chicken fingers, Asian slaw, honey sesame glaze and a citrus vinaigrette dressing. It is also served with a vegetable egg roll on the side.

Zaxby’s Salad Dressings

Zaxby’s salad dressings include the following flavors:

Blue Cheese
Honey French
Honey Mustard
Lite Ranch
Caesar 1000 Island

But one of the great things about making a copycat salad at home is that you get to choose your favorite salad dressing.

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About Zaxby’s

Zaxby’s is a southern fast-food restaurant specializing in chicken sandwiches, salads and other dishes. According to its website, it began in 1990 in Statesboro, Georgia. The chain was founded by Zach McLeroy who had a vision of serving good chicken and Zax sauce.

The Zaxby’s App

If you find yourself frequenting the restaurant, you might be interested in knowing they have an app where orders can be placed, and promotional offers can be obtained. Ordering via the app however doesn’t allow for order customization options. So in some cases you might prefer to wait and order in person.

How to Make Copycat Zaxby’s Cobb Salad

Following are our step by step instructions to make a delicious copycat Fried Cobb Salad like Zaxby’s.

Tools Needed For Copycat Zaxby’s Cobb Zalad:

The following tools will be helpful for making your copycat Fried Cobb Salad Zaxby’s.

Cutting board
Baking sheet
Aluminum foil


3 Battered chicken tenders or grilled chicken breast
1 cup Mixed greens
1 small Roma tomato or grape tomatoes
1 small Sliced cucumber
1/8 cup Shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 cup Shredded Jack cheese
1/8 cup Fully cooked bacon
2 Hard boiled eggs
1/8 cup French fried onions (optional)


1. Prepare and rinse bed of mixed greens. Arrange as desired on a plate.

2. Boil eggs by placing them in boiling water and cooking for 12 minutes. Let cool and remove shells.

3. Fry bacon by placing it on a foil lined baking sheet in a 400F degree oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Drain grease and chop bacon into bite sized pieces.

4. Rinse cucumber and chop into bite sized pieces.

5. Cook chicken according to package instructions. Or if using chicken breast, grill or bake until the internal temperature reaches 165F degrees.

6. Assemble the salad with the desired toppings. Serve with your favorite salad dressing and enjoy.


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