Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Spring Cobb Salad)

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Luscious Creamy Balsamic Dressing coats a spring Cobb salad featuring hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and seasonal veggies. This salad is vibrant, textural, and packed with fresh seasonal produce.

Overhead view of a large serving platter filled with Cobb salad, featuring meats, veggies, fruit and Creamy Balsamic Dressing.

Spring Cobb Salad

This salad is fresh, vibrant, and the perfect way to celebrate springtime. We’ve got crisp fruits and veggies with savory bacon and tender chicken all tossed in the most life-changing Creamy Balsamic Dressing.

This dressing is my latest addiction — it’s incredibly easy to make–just throw everything in a blender and let it whirl! It’s made with wholesome ingredients — we’re using Greek yogurt (instead of mayo or heavy cream, which is typically found in creamy dressings), and it’s completely delicious. It’s robustly flavored, creamy, thick, sweet, tart, and ever-so-slightly garlicky. I think you’re really going to love it!

Overhead views of Creamy Balsamic Dressing before and after being whirled in the blender.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing ingredients

  • Greek yogurt: Use a good Greek yogurt — the flavor really matters in this dressing. It lends an incredible creaminess and great dressing flavor. Our absolute favorite yogurt to use in this dressing is Greek Gods® honey vanilla yogurt. (Not sponsored, just a fan). Whatever brand you get, aim for a vanilla or honey-flavored yogurt, not just plain.
  • Balsamic vinegar: This vinegar is thicker than regular vinegar and has a sweet-tart flavor profile with a fruity flavor. Some balsamic vinegars are no thicker or different than regular run-of-the-mill vinegar. Read this article that explains what you need to look for!
  • Dijon mustard: The mustard helps to thicken the dressing and adds a distinctly intense flavor. I really love Grey Poupon ® Dijon mustard in this dressing (Not sponsored, just a fan).
  • Garlic: I use 1/4 teaspoon freshly minced garlic, but garlic powder also works. If you’re using garlic powder, I’d start at 1/8 teaspoon and increase from there, as desired.
  • Salt and pepper: These important seasonings balance and intensify flavors. I like to use fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.
  • Olive oil: The oil gives flavor to the dressing and is essential for emulsification to take place with the balsamic vinegar.
  • Maple syrup: Syrup gives the Creamy Balsamic Dressing some much-needed sweetness to counteract the acidity and tartness of the other dressing ingredients. While there is a good amount of maple syrup in the dressing, I’ve found it’s the perfect complement to all the raw veggies and fruits.

Images showing someone holding the platter of salad, and another showing the dressing being poured over the salad.

Salad ingredients

 Below is what we use and recommend in this salad, and I give some other recommendations. As long as the quantities remain consistent, use any combination of seasonal produce.

  • Fuji apples: Crisp and cold (straight from the fridge), these sweet apples add a great crunch and nice sweetness.
  • Radishes: They add a nice crisp texture and pungent peppery flavor.
  • Sweetened dried cranberries or dried tart cherries: We love both in this salad; use either to add a nice sweetness and chewy texture.
  • Avocado: Such a yummy way to add good, healthy fats to the salad as well as a nice creamy texture.
  • Sugar snap peas: The whole pod can be eaten in this salad; they add a nice crunchy texture and sweet flavor.
  • Protein: This salad has quite a bit of protein in it: chicken, bacon, and hard-boiled eggs. You can do all three or choose just one or two to add to the salad. Here are the shortcuts I use for the protein in this salad:
    • Rotisserie chicken saves time and energy, plus it’s delicious and tender. You can also use any leftover grilled chicken.
    • Hard-boiled eggs are simple to make, but they can be time consuming. Many stores sell prepared hard-boiled eggs if you’d like to cut down on some prep time.
    • Bacon: Again, if you’d like to cut down on prep time, you can always buy pre-cooked bacon for this salad. Warm it through, according to package directions and it’s ready to go.

Other salad additions (or substitutions)

  • Shaved or chopped asparagus spears
  • Bleu cheese crumbles
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Roasted carrots (cooled and chopped) or raw shredded carrots
  • Red onion
  • Microgreens
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Sweet peas
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced strawberries
  • More seasonal produce ideas here


This salad recipe is very adaptable; you can add in just about any seasonal produce you like and it will work well with Creamy Balsamic Dressing and mixed greens. Get creative!

Close-up image of Creamy Balsamic Dressing coating salad ingredients: avocado, Fuji apple, sliced chicken, dried cranberries, and lettuce.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing tips

  • Quality ingredients make all the difference.  In particular, pay attention to getting good, sweet, and flavorful Greek yogurt. Low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurts will leave the dressing too thin and lacking in flavor.
  • Taste and adjust. After blending the dressing, be sure to taste it and adjust it to personal preference. If you prefer less sweetness, add maple syrup slowly and taste as you go. If you’d like more tang, add a touch more Dijon mustard or balsamic vinegar. 
  • Chill the dressing.  If you have time, prep the dressing ahead of time, transfer it to a covered container, and chill until ready to serve; it’s especially delicious cold. Just make sure to give it a quick shake before adding it to the salad.

Add leftover Creamy Balsamic Dressing to these recipes

If you have any leftover dressing or want to make a double batch, add some to the following recipes: 

  • Roasted Carrots: Let the carrots cool to room temperature and then add a drizzle of the dressing on top.
  • Spring Quinoa Salad: Replace the lemon vinaigrette with Creamy Balsamic Dressing.
  • Kale: Massage some kale (read about the process in this kale salad recipe) and top with some Creamy Balsamic Dressing.

This dressing will last 5-7 days in an airtight container in the fridge. It will likely separate and may clump; to fix this simply shake the dressing together again until smooth (If it’s still clumpy, let it stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes and then shake again. Don’t worry: the clumps are simply the fats separating and solidifying because of the cold temperatures.

View of Creamy Balsamic Dressing with salad ingredients: apples, chicken, hard-boiled eggs, sugar snap peas, and radishes.

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Creamy Balsamic Dressing on Spring Cobb Salad

5 from 3 votes
A luscious Creamy Balsamic Dressing coats a springtime-inspired Cobb salad with hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and seasonal veggies.
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Creamy Balsamic Dressing on Spring Cobb Salad

5 from 3 votes
A luscious Creamy Balsamic Dressing coats a springtime-inspired Cobb salad with hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and seasonal veggies.
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy balsamic dressing, spring cobb salad
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 493kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $8.92



  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 and 1/4 cup cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded and/or chopped
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and diced
  • 3-4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped or halved
  • 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced (~1 cup)
  • 2 Fuji apples, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved or coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1 large ripe avocado, thinly sliced

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt (I recommend Greek Gods brand)
  • 2 tablespoons of EACH: balsamic vinegar, pure maple syrup, olive oil (not pancake syrup!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: finely minced garlic, fine sea salt, freshly cracked pepper


  • DRESSING: Add the 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a small blender jar. Blend until combined, creamy, and emulsified. Transfer dressing to a covered container and refrigerate until ready to eat. Shake the dressing to re-combine the ingredients before dressing the salad.
  • SALAD: In a very large bowl, salad platter,or make individual salad plates, add the 8 cups mixed greens lettuce. Shred or chop the rotisserie chicken and add that on top. Cook the bacon (See Note 1), dice, and add to the salad. Chop the hard-boiled eggs and add. Thinly slice the radishes and the apples and add to the salad. Halve or coarsely chop the peas and add to the salad. Add the cranberries to the salad. Thinly slice or chop the avocado and add to the salad.
  • SERVE: Drizzle the dressing over the salad to desired preference. Toss the salad and enjoy. This salad doesn't sit well once prepared and dressed, so dress right before eating.
  • LEFTOVERS: The salad doesn't store well -- the bacon loses its crispness, the hard-boiled eggs flavor everything eggy, the avocado browns, etc. If the salad won't be enjoyed the same day, I recommend halving the recipe or making smaller portions.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Bacon: To save time you can use pre-cooked bacon, following package directions to warm through, and then dice. Alternatively, cook the bacon on a griddle or skillet until it's reached desired crispiness. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate, let cool slightly, and then dice it for the salad.
Nutrition information is calculated for the salad fully dressed with the creamy balsamic dressing.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.9g | Protein: 15.8g | Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 169.3mg | Sodium: 229.4mg | Fiber: 8.8g | Sugar: 41.9g

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  1. 5 stars
    I really like the way you pair the dressing with a salad suggestion. Made it really easy for me to figure out what to make (and how to do it.)

  2. 5 stars
    I was surprised by the maple syrup at first but you are totally right. It adds a nice balance to the mustard and balsamic. Love!

  3. This salad absolutely delicious! The dressing was the best dressing I have ever tasted. Thanks for the great recipet!

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