Vegan Cobb Salad in a Jar

June 21, 2019

Appetizers and Sides

By: Chris Petrellese 

An easy to make vegan-friendly cobb salad packed up in a mason jar and perfect for your summer picnics. Layered with homemade vegan egg, feta cheese, tempeh bacon and a red wine vinaigrette, it is bursting with flavor and is sure to keep you satisfied.

Vegan chicken cobb salad in a jar by sweet simple vegan

With picnic season in full swing, we are coming through with some full-flavored recipes perfect for the summer. This vegan cobb salad is simple to make and loaded with flavor. Traditionally, cobb salad has veggies, eggs, chicken, bacon, and cheese. Since we are vegan and don’t eat any eggs, meat, or dairy, we thought it would be fun to make an all vegan version of this dish.

ingredients to make a vegan cobb salad at home by sweet simple vegan

Cobb salad used to be one of my favorite salads to eat as a kid. Probably because it was mostly protein and fatty foods smothered over the vegetables ????. It always reminds me of summer, so we were really excited to make a vegan version for the blog. The flavors in this salad are exactly how I remember the traditional version tasting.

To replace eggs, we used our tofu scramble recipe, which is so simple to make and so dang good. To substitute the bacon, we used our homemade tempeh bacon recipe, which we know you’ll love. As for a chicken replacement, we used Tofurky Lightly Seasoned Chick’n, and for the cheese, we used Herbivours Butchers Feta, but we also have a homemade version that is the great for it, too!

vegan cobb salad with tempeh bacon, tofu scramble, vegan feta cheese, vegan chicken and a vinaigrette on the side.

Mason jar salads are something that we have always wanted to create for the blog. We love them because they separate the dressing from the rest of the ingredients and keep everything in tact until you are ready to combine it all together. This way, the greens stay crisp and won’t be soggy once you are ready to eat!

How To Build a Mason Jar Salad:

  1. Grab a large mason jar — like using wide mouth 32 oz. jars. You can find these on Amazon, at Target or even at thrift stores.
  2. Pour your desired amount of dressing into the bottom of the jar. We like to add  between 2-4 tablespoons of dressing, depending on the salad. The dressing at the bottom prevents anything from becoming soggy!
  3. Add in the crisper vegetables and fruits. For this cobb salad, that is the cherry tomatoes.
  4. This is usually followed by grains and beans but since we don’t have any, on to #5!
  5. Add in the protein. For this cobb salad, add in the vegan chicken and vegan bacon.
  6. Add any softer veggie or fruits that you are including. For this salad, add in the avocado.
  7. Add any roasted nuts or seeds.
  8. Add your vegan egg and vegan cheese.
  9. Lastly, top everything off with the salad greens of your choice. Add as much as you can squeeze into the jar, really pack it in there! Seal the jar and take the salad on the go!
  10. When you are ready to serve the salad, give the mason jar a vigorous shake to mix the dressing through, pour the salad out into a bowl, toss as needed and dig in!

a spread of vegan picnic recipes with macaroni salad, cobb salad, cookies and guacamole

If you’re looking for more picnic-friendly recipes, here are some of our favorites:

Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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Vegan chicken cobb salad in a jar by sweet simple vegan

Vegan Cobb Salad in a Jar


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large servings

Description

An easy to make vegan-friendly cobb salad packed up in a mason jar and perfect for your summer picnics. Layered with homemade vegan egg, feta cheese, tempeh bacon and a red wine vinaigrette, it is bursting with flavor and is sure to keep you satisfied.


Ingredients

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (we recommend Edward & Sons)
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Additional ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegan feta cheese (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup vegan chicken (we used Tofurky)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 recipe tofu scramble (or store bought)
  • 1/2 recipe tempeh bacon (or store bought)

Instructions

  1. To prepare the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a small mason jar, screw on the lid and shake it vigorously until blended. It’s easy and already in a sealable container for you to store in the fridge. You can also add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk the ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  2. Next, assemble your mason jar salads. You can also skip this step and assemble everything into 2 large bowls, your choice.
    1. Grab a large mason jar — like using wide mouth 32 oz. jars. You can find these on Amazon, at Target or even at thrift stores.
    2. Pour your desired amount of dressing into the bottom of the jar. We like to add  between 2-4 tablespoons of dressing, depending on the salad. The dressing at the bottom prevents anything from becoming soggy!
    3. Add in the crisper vegetables and fruits. For this cobb salad, that is the cherry tomatoes.
    4. This is usually followed by grains and beans but since we don’t have any, on to #5!
    5. Add in the protein. For this cobb salad, add in the vegan chicken and vegan bacon.
    6. Add any softer veggie or fruits that you are including. For this salad, add in the avocado.
    7. Add any roasted nuts or seeds.
    8. Add your vegan egg and vegan cheese.
    9. Lastly, top everything off with the salad greens of your choice. Add as much as you can squeeze into the jar, really pack it in there! Seal the jar and take the salad on the go!
    10. When you are ready to serve the salad, give the mason jar a vigorous shake to mix the dressing through, pour the salad out into a bowl, toss as needed and dig in!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Salad, Side
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Salad, Side, Vegan, Cobb, Picnic, Summer, tempeh, tofu, feta, easy

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  1. This looks so yummy! Perfect for on the go x

    Shannon | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com

  2. love love LOOOOVE salad in a jar. this looks super easy and yummy. so good for meal prep

  3. Natasha says:

    You know Worcestershire sauce isn’t vegan? Check the bottle…the authentic versions have anchovies in. So not even veggie.

    • Chris Petrellese says:

      We use a vegan Worcestershire sauce. A few brands sell them including Edward & Sons and Annies. We’ve noted it in the recipe 🙂

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