Mexican Style Cobb Salad, So Deliciously Satisfying and Low in Calories


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Not sure what made me create this colorful, fiber rich, salad but I love, love, love, it and think you will too! So yummy, I could eat it every week. It’s chock full of great, skinny, satisfying ingredients. It not only contains chopped romaine lettuce instead of iceberg and lean bacon, it also has chopped bell peppers, black beans, fresh corn cut off the cob and crunchy crushed reduced-fat tortilla chips. In addition it’s tossed it in a yummy reduced-fat cilantro dressing. Each very large main course salad has 283 calories, 8 grams fat, 9 grams of fiber and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


12 strips, Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon, see shopping tips

8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped, see prep tip

2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 cup fresh corn, cut off the cob (~2 small cobs) or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cleaned cored and chopped

1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup red onions, chopped fine

1 cup crushed reduced-fat tortilla chips (~18 chips), see shopping tips

½ cup Trader Joe’s Reduced-Fat Cilantro Salad Dressing, see shopping tips or make my recipe for Dreamy Skinny Cilantro Ranch Dressing

2 teaspoons honey


1. To cook the bacon-place on a microwave-safe plate two sheets of paper towels. Lay on top of paper towels 6 slices of bacon in a single layer. Lay another 2 sheets of paper towels on top of bacon. Cook in microwave until crisp (~ 4 to 5 minutes). Blot the cook pieces and set side. Repeat the steps with remaining 6 pieces, using more paper towels.

2. In a large bowl add the chopped romaine, tomatoes, corn, peppers, beans, onions and tortilla chips. Crumble in cooked bacon.

3. In a small bowl, mix together Trader Joe’s dressing and honey. If using my recipe for Dreamy Skinny Cilantro Ranch Dressing you don’t need to add the honey.  Add dressing to salad and toss well. Add a little more dressing, if desired.  Or, line each plate with lettuce. Divide and place all the ingredients in rows on top of lettuce, as shown in the photo. Serve with dressing on the side.

Makes 4 servings (about 4 cups each)

Shopping Tips

I’ve combed the supermarket shelves looking for one of the leanest regular bacon choices and Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon is my favorite, compared to most regular bacon. It’s much lower in fat and calories, 3 slices contain 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. Once cooked on paper towels, most of the fat soaks into the paper, not in the bacon, so the fat is further cut down.

In addition, I recently discovered a fantastic bacon. Its called Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. Its low in fat and calories, uncured and contains no nitrites! Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Heres the link to their website:

Trader Joe’s Reduced-fat Cilantro Salad Dressing is a fresh dressing displayed in the refrigerated section, near the lettuces. It contains 45 calories and 3.5 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons. I’ve added a little honey to make this dressing really taste wonderful!

Prep Tip

Cobb salads are best made with chopped lettuce. If using pre-washed bags of romaine, still chop all the leaves fine. This is simple to do if you stack a bunch of lettuce together first, then chop all at once.

Serving Tip

This salad makes a delightful side salad too. It will serve 8 to 10 people.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 7

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 4 cups each) including dressing and tortilla chips
283 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat. fat, 10mg chol, 17g protein, 43g carbs, 9g fiber, 512mg sodium, 6g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
225 calories, 2g sat. fat, 6g sugar, 14g protein

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26 Responses to “Mexican Style Cobb Salad, So Deliciously Satisfying and Low in Calories”

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  2. Kathy Radigan Says:

    I have always loved Cobb salads but this one sounds really great!! What a fun salad to make for dinner, or for a pot luck! Thank you!

  3. admin Says:

    A big thanks Kathy and Val for making my recipe look and sound so good…Thanks so much for sharing it on your fabulous site,!!!

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  7. Nicole Says:

    I’m curious to know what the numbers would be with grilled chicken instead of bacon. (I’m not really a bacon fan, but the rest of the salad looks great!)

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  9. Shelley Zurek Says:

    Thank you for always including the nutrition and calorie info. It’s so helpful to me. I am currently doing Diet Bet and always am interested in the calories!

  10. admin Says:

    Nicole, if you leave the bacon out and add 1/2 cup of chicken it would have 9 points plus. The skinny facts would be:
    339 calories, 7g fat, 31g protein, 43g carbs, 9g fiber

  11. admin Says:

    My pleasure Shelley. I’m glad to hear they are helpful for you. Best of luck on Diet Bet!

  12. Platter Talk Says:

    Incredible looking salad, Nancy! Love the colors and the flavor profile here. So nicely done!

  13. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Dan!

  14. Debi @ Life Currents Says:

    Yummy! I love Mexican, and I love a Cobb salad. The addition of black beans is awesome! Must try!

  15. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Says:

    This looks amazing anything Mexican and Cobb Salad tops my favorites list!

  16. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by Serena!

  17. admin Says:

    I’m so happy this salad appeals to you Debi. Enjoy!

  18. Katerina Says:

    I am definitely a Mexican food lover and this salad is just the perfect little thing for me!

  19. Aunt Bee Says:

    This looks like SUCH a satisfying salad! Love it!

  20. admin Says:

    Oh good…Thank you my sweet friend!

  21. Miz Helen Says:

    We would just love your Mexican Style Cobb Salad, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you love this kind of salad Miz Helen. I’ll see you next week at another one of your wonderful link parties!

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    Thanks so much for including my Skinny Mexican Cobb Salad in your yummy collection Joanne!

  25. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

    So colorful and yummy Nancy…I must try this salad very soon!

  26. admin Says:

    Thanks Linda. Enjoy!

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