Harvest Cobb Salad

Big beautiful salads don’t have to wither away with the summer heat. This harvest inspired Cobb Salad is loaded with the rich flavors of fall and topped with a creamy corn and poblano dressing that is to die for! Bring on fall… and greens.

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Who doesn’t love a huge cobb salad piled high with protein, veggies and cheese?

I usually start thinking about cobb salad in the spring and stop thinking about it by the end of summer. But why?

We need our veggies all year long and there are so many fall ingredients that would be perfect on a hearty cobb salad. This month KitchenAid challenged me to PUT CORN ON THE COBB, or make an autumn-inspired Cobb Salad using corn off the cob, and to make a video of it!

Usually I’m a behind the scenes kind of girl, but I jumped at the opportunity to turn crisp sweet harvest corn into a bright and creamy salad dressing using my KitchenAid® Blender. There are certainly traditional ingredients on a cobb salad that most people expect to see… hard boiled eggs, bacon, ham or chicken, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado. Yet I discovered if you keep a few traditional ingredients, you can easily swap out the rest with ingredients to suite your seasonal cravings.

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In this cobb salad I added roasted butternut squash instead of tomatoes and homemade spiced pecans instead of blue cheese. The swap-outs gave the salad a warm homey feeling that reminded me of hanging by the fire on cool autumn evenings. As a bonus, I had most of the key ingredients as leftovers in my KitchenAid® Refrigerator with Preserva® Technology.

This refrigerator has been such an incredible tool in my kitchen because it keeps food fresh so much longer than my old fridge. I simply pulled out leftover grilled chicken and roasted root veggies from earlier in the week, and the bacon and hard-boiled eggs I saved from breakfast, to use on my cobb salad. Then the only real prep work I needed to complete was to whizz together the creamy corn and poblano dressing and spice up some nuts.

Now it’s your turn to go on a refrigerator scavenger hunt to make an amazing cobb salad worthy of this sweet and smoky corn dressing!

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Harvest Cobb Salad

Yield: 4 large servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:2 minutes

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For the Cobb Salad:
  • 2 romaine hearts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash cubes
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 2 avocadoes, sliced
  • 1 cup shelled pecans
  • 1 Tb. butter
  • ¼ tsp ground mustard
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. hot paprika
  • ¼ tps. salt

For the Creamy Corn and Poblano Dressing:

  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 ears corn on the cob, cooked
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil


  1. Heat a skillet to medium-low heat. Melt the butter in the skillet, then add the pecans. Sprinkle the pecans with the ground mustard, garlic powder, paprika and salt and toss to coat. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly to toast. Be careful not to burn the pecans.
  2. Pile the chopped romaine on a large platter. Arrange the chopped chicken, roasted butternut squash, bacon, pecans, eggs and avocados in rows on top of the romaine.
  3. Preheat the oven to broil. Place the poblano pepper on a small baking sheet and set it on the top rack in the oven. Check the pepper every 1-2 minutes, turning when the skin is black and blistered. Remove the poblano from the oven when it’s black on all sides. Place the pepper in a zip bag and allow it to steam for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut the corn off the cobs and place in the blender. Add the garlic clove, lime juice, salt and cumin. Once the pepper has steamed, removed the papery skin, stem, and seeds. Place the poblano flesh in the blender.
  5. Puree until smooth, then remove the ingredient cup from the lid and slowly pour in the olive oil to emulsify. Once the dressing is smooth and creamy, turn off the blender and pour the dressing into a serving bow
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  3. Aartiposted October 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Wow this looks amazing!

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  7. debbie s.posted April 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm Reply

    I have a couple poblanos still in the freezer and need to do something with them, this dressing sounds wonderful!!

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  12. Ginger Petryposted February 10, 2014 at 2:14 am Reply

    A serious challenge I have had in the recent past is the formulation of recipes for my sister who had to have 80 percent of her stomach removed due to a tumor plus the loss of her spleen and part of her pancreas. She needed to have her whole diet redone and gain weight and increase nutrition with a limited stomach area. It was quite challenging. It was kind of the reverse of bariatric surgery where the result is to lose weight but hers was to gain weight. So, recipe development was and will be very challenging for the future.

  13. jessicaposted February 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Yum! This looks great! I have all appliances from the 90s so they could use some serious love :)

  14. Sarahposted February 9, 2014 at 11:28 am Reply

    Making gluten free versions of my old favorites is my current challenge! My appliances could also use a serious upgrade!

  15. Stephanieposted December 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm Reply
  16. Stephanieposted December 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply

    making bagels!

  17. Sarah Lposted December 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I’m not much of a cook. I did make a fruit salad with yogurt and fresh ginger that I took to Christmas dinner that turned out very well.
    Thanks for the contest.

  18. Amanda Sakovitzposted December 31, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply
  19. Amanda Sakovitzposted December 31, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    I cooked my first steak recently!

  20. Mendy Dinsmoreposted December 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm Reply

    I’ve learned how to keep things cleaned up as I go and it saves a lot of time. It saves me so much time.