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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all.

Whole30 Cobb Salad

I know salads have a reputation of being “boring,” but my favorite meals with the most flavor are hearty salads with all the yummy ingredients. It all depends on what you add to a salad, and it’s important to include some delicious protein, fats, and textures to make them fun, vibrant, and keep you satiated for hours!

Whole30 Cobb Salad Recipe

This Whole30 Cobb Salad is a definitely a recipe that filling enough to be a meal on its own, and you’ll love it if you are a fan of classic cobb salads. It has hard boiled eggs, crunchy bacon, meaty chicken, along with the most refreshing combo of veggies like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

The only thing it doesn’t include is to make it Whole30 and paleo is the blue cheese, but I don’t think you’ll miss it at all. The dressing is simple but adds a ton of flavor without the cheese! BUT, if you are keto and/or you aren’t bothered by dairy, feel free to add it to your liking.

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad

Great for Potlucks and Picnics

This Whole30 Cobb Salad can be made ahead of time and is actually quite portable! It’s especially great during the Spring and Summer, because it’s so refreshing and the great weather makes dining outside so much more pleasant. Plus it’s such a crowd-pleasing recipe!

If you do decide to travel with this Whole30 cobb salad, you do need to make a small change in the recipe to keep it fresh and delicious. Because the lettuce can get soggy once the dressing is on it, just follow the instructions as is without the lettuce. Once you are ready to serve, you can add the lettuce and toss gently before enjoying!

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad
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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all. 
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Egg cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 521kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices bacon sugar & nitrate free
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 avocado diced or sliced
  • 3 stalks of green onions chopped

Dressing

Instructions

Hard-boiled eggs

  • Stovetop MethodBring water to a boil in a saucepan. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water gently, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
  • Instant Pot Method:  Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water. Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet. Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath. Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the pressure for slightly soft-centered eggs (like in my photos) or let it naturally release pressure for 5 minutes for true hard-boiled eggs. Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let them cool for at least 5 minutes before peeling.

Bacon

  • Fry bacon slices in a pan over medium heat until even browned and crisp, about 7 minutes.
  • Drain and roughly crumble. Set aside.

Assemble

  • Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large salad bowl.
  • Top with chicken, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.
  • Drizzle over the salad and toss together gently before serving.

Notes

If you are making this ahead of time, follow the instructions but leave out the lettuce until it’s time to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 91.1% | Vitamin C: 18.9% | Calcium: 5.3% | Iron: 14.9%
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Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)

You’ll want to put this delicious & easy Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce on everything. It’s keto and vegan, and has an amazing addicting flavor!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce

A few years back, I used to live in Northern California in Marin County and my husband and I were obsessed with this restaurant in town, where they served really high quality pasture raised and grass fed meats, cooked to perfection.

One of my favorite dishes on the menu was their pork chops served with roasted red pepper sauce. The sauce was so tangy and wonderful, and it was the perfect combo with the meat. Even my husband, who hates peppers, loved that sauce. I recently started thinking about that meal and decided to recreate that sauce at home, and I’m obsessed with the result!

Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

The one thing that made the sauce so special was how deliciously garlicky it tasted! The deep and earthy flavor came from the roasted garlic, and I tried to bring that into this Whole30 roasted red pepper sauce. If you’ve never roasted garlic before, it’s so easy and 100% worth it!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce

Ways to Enjoy This Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

There are SO many ways to enjoy this tasty sauce, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Drizzled over chicken, lamb, pork, or even fish
  • As salad dressing
  • Over roasted veggies
  • As a spread in a sandwich (if you are on the Whole30)
  • On a burger
  • As a pasta sauce with zucchini noodles
  • As a dip for crackers or chips

Tell me: How else would you enjoy this garlicky Whole30 roasted red pepper sauce? It’s so versatile, so make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for when you need a yummy sauce!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
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Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)

You’ll want to put this delicious & easy Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce on everything. It’s keto and vegan, and has an amazing addicting flavor!
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Bell pepper steaming time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 81kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and grease a baking sheet
  • Peel off the outer layer of the garlic head and cut off the top to expose a bit of the garlic cloves.
  • Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tsp of olive oil.
  • Place the bell peppers next to the garlic, cut side down.
  • Roast for 30 minutes until the garlic is tender and the bell peppers are charred on the outside.
  • Remove from the oven, and place the bell peppers in a bowl and cover with a plate so they can steam for 5 minutes.
  • Peel and discard the skin of the bell peppers.
  • Squeeze out the softened garlic cloves in to a blender, along with bell peppers, 2 tbsp olive oil, and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (about 2 tbsps) | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15.5% | Vitamin C: 38.6% | Calcium: 0.3% | Iron: 2.2%

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Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing (Keto)

Making your own Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing is so easy and quick, and so much tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Pour it on salads or meats, or use as a dip or a marinade!

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

You know, if I knew that making your own Whole30 ranch dressing at home was this quick and easy, I would’ve started doing it way earlier! I think this may be my new favorite go-to dressing for everything.

Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing Recipe

All you need to make this paleo and Whole30 ranch dressing, besides the ingredients, is an immersion blender. Not only is it the best tool for making an egg-based creamy sauce or mayonnaise, I love how easy it is to clean up than when you use a regular blender.

In this recipe, a combination of an egg, avocado oil, coconut milk, and yummy spices are combined together to make America’s favorite dressing, and my picky husband said it might be better than the store-bought version he’s been eating!

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Why I Don’t Buy Store Bought Ranch

Ranch is my husband’s favorite dressing so he’ll buy it for himself sometimes, but I personally never eat or touch the store bought version. The ones from the most popular brands are made with inflammatory vegetable oils which contain trans fat and are known to cause so many health issues.

There’s an incredible amount of processing to make soybean, corn, and canola oils, and most of them are already oxidized and rancid by the time they hit the shelves. This causes them to be highly inflammatory to the body, and it’s best to avoid them if you can.

Instead, in my paleo & Whole30 ranch dressing, I use avocado oil, which is much healthier and more stable, all while having a neutral flavor!

Ways to Enjoy This Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing

There are so many ways to use Whole30 ranch dressing, and it’s a versatile condiment that goes with almost all savory dishes. Here are some ideas:

  • Drizzled over salads (duh)
  • As a dip for veggies and crackers
  • As a marinade
  • Drizzled over meat dishes
  • As a dip for wings and coconut chicken
  • With fries

The possibilities are endless! Did I miss anything? Comment below: how would you enjoy this paleo & Whole30 ranch dressing?

Whole30 Ranch DressingWhole30 Ranch Dressing

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Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Making your own Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing is so easy and quick, and so much tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Pour it on salads or meats, or use as a dip or a marinade!
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Blending time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 117kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove

Equipment

  • Immersion blender

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a mouth just wide enough to fit the head of the immersion blender.
  • Slowly lower the blender in to jar until it hits the bottom.
  • Turn on the blender and let it run without moving until you see a white creamy cloud start forming from the bottom. It will rise up as the oil get slowly incorporated into the mixture.
  • When most of the oil is blended in to the cloud, slowly lift the blender up while it's running.
  • Lift the blender out of the jar. 
  • Use the ranch dressing as a dip, marinade, or drizzle over salads and meats!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 117kcal | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 22mg | Vitamin A: 2.3% | Vitamin C: 3.2% | Calcium: 0.5% | Iron: 1.7%

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.