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Cobb Salad with Homemade Ranch and Cheezy Garlic Croutons

Want your family or picky eaters to have salad for dinner? This is for you! Homemade croutons and homemade Ranch dressing are the way to go! I make this dressing for catering events for veggie trays and it's always a hit.

And the croutons you're not going to want to skip. I just had to share this recipe with you that my daughter-in-law gave me years ago from Pinch of Yum they're seriously the best ever! Trust me, once you make them, you'll never want to buy store-bought ones again. I usually put them on my salads, but I have to be quick because my hubby loves snacking on them straight from the baking sheet. Oh, and have you ever tried nutritional yeast? It's a dairy-free and usually gluten-free ingredient that adds a yummy and slightly nutty flavor to dishes. Give it a go!"

Cobb Salad Ingredients (Feel free to add or remove based on your liking)

  • 2 heads of Romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and chopped into bite-size pieces

  • 2 avocados, chopped

  • Fried bacon (as much as you think you need based on who's husband will eat 4 pieces before I ever get to the salad)

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs sliced

  • Grilled chicken breast sliced or diced ham (about 2 cups of either)

  • 4 roma tomatoes sliced

  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (or grated cheddar or other favorite cheese)

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (GOOD ON ANYTHING)


  • ⅓ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 3 green onions finely sliced

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried dill

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley

  • 3 cloves of garlic with 1 teaspoon of salt to mash into a paste

  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard (not yellow)


  • First, make the garlic paste by removing the garlic from the skin then on a cutting board smash with the flat side of a chef’s knife.  Add the salt and scrap the garlic into the salt until it becomes a paste.  

  • Add all the ingredients into a bowl and combine well.  

  • Refrigerate until needed.  I like to make this at least an hour before serving but you can make it a day or two in advance as well.  It will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Cheezy Garlic Croutons


  • I baguette cubed  (I like ciabatta bread the best, but french loaf will work as well) you should have about 8 cups

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees 

  • Mix the olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl

  • Add the bread cubes and combine well using your hands to massage the mixture into the bread (gently)

  • Place the coated bread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until crispy.

  • ENJOY!  And good luck fighting off your people walking by and eating them all before dinner!!!

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (GOOD ON ANYTHING)
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Cheezy Garlic Croutons - Google Docs
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