Hearty Vegan Cobb Salad

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Hearty Vegan Cobb Salad

My Vegan Cobb Salad will make you never think of the meat version again!

Vegan Cobb Salad - add avocado for creamy goodness! Perfect detox salad! / Running in a Skirt

Hi guys!

I’m so blessed to live in a town with so many locally owned and unique restaurants.  Asheville has some seriously good food and because of that, I don’t eat at chain restaurants very often.  However, If I’m in a bigger city I’ll sometimes be lured in by a few of my old favorites.  Earlier this year I was in Charlotte visiting my brother and we decided to go to the Cheesecake Factory.  I’m a sucker for their huge salads and of course the cheesecake. <— yes, I’m the girl who orders a salad and a cheesecake!

This salad is inspired by their killer Vegan Cobb Salad.   It is the stuff salad-y dreams are made of.

Vegan Cobb Salad - add avocado for creamy goodness! Perfect detox salad! / Running in a Skirt

Here’s why you want to try my Hearty Vegan Cobb Salad…

When I see Cobb salad on a menu, I often turn away because it’s packed with processed meat.  It’s not something I’m a fan of.  My version gets a complete makeover.  The protein in this Vegan Cobb Salad comes from cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and pumpkin seeds making it pretty darn hearty for a vegan salad.  The bed of lettuce is actually kale and the veggies are filling, plentiful and fresh.  The Cheesecake Factory’s version of this salad has a lot more ingredients, but I decided to keep mine a bit simpler for the sake of creating a recipe y’all would actually like to make.  Their version is also on regular mixed greens, but I always request kale on mine… so that’s what I used for this yummy dish.

You can add avocado as the “cheese” or add some sharp cheddar if you are just vegetarian and not vegan.

Vegan Cobb Salad - add avocado for creamy goodness! Perfect detox salad! / Running in a Skirt

The dressing is a light lemon vinaigrette with plenty of flavors.  You whisk it in a bowl quickly before serving.

This Vegan Cobb Salad would also be great with my Homemade Greek Vinaigrette, Healthy & Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing, or even my Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch if you like creamy dressing.  Those are all homemade, healthy, and delicious.  The Greek Vinaigrette Dressing is vegan and the other two are vegetarian.

Vegan Cobb Salad - add avocado for creamy goodness! Perfect detox salad! / Running in a Skirt

This Vegan Cobb Salad is perfect for this time of year as the weather warms and we start enjoying lighter meals.  Enjoy!

Vegan Cobb Salad

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Vegan Cobb Salad - add avocado for creamy goodness! Perfect detox salad! / Running in a Skirt

Vegan Cobb Salad

My Vegan Cobb Salad will make you never think of the meat version again!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2
Calories 453 kcal


  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 10 asparagus springs, blanched and cut in 2" pieces
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Optional: avocado, cubed
  • Dressing:
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Whisk together dressing and massage it into the kale.
  • Put a bed of kale on your plate.
  • Assemble the rest of the ingredients in rows.
  • Sprinkle additional salt and pepper on the top!


* To blanch the asparagus, quickly submerge it in boiling water until it turns bright green. Remove and place in an ice bath to keep from overcooking.
* For added flavor, cook the quinoa in vegetable broth.
* If you are only vegetarian and not vegan, cubed sharp cheddar cheese is good on this!


Calories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 22gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 72mgPotassium: 1587mgFiber: 11gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 14282IUVitamin C: 208mgCalcium: 298mgIron: 9mg
Keyword Vegan Cobb Salad
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  4. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups May 4, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    This is my kind of summer dinner, looks awesome!

  5. Ann Gardner May 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    We lived in Asheville for 11 years Black Mountain. I agree Julie great places to eat at. I miss the mountains. Will try this salad. Thanks.

  6. Mary Jean Henson May 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy! Iโ€™m making this.

  7. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 3, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

    This looks delicious Julie! Perfect for the warmer temps that we’ve been having.

  8. Lisa Ballantyne May 3, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Looks delightful Julie!

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  10. Miz Helen January 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  11. Julie your yummy looking salad made me come running over to let you know how much you inspired my culinary choice of the day today! I love Ceasar salad just plain. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Sabina

    • JulieWunder January 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      So glad it inspired you! yay! Great to see you here today!

  12. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition January 11, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I heard Asheville is a great place to live with lots of veggie food options. I always mean to take a road trip there when we visit my husband’s family in Charlotte but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe this year! This salad looks yummy!

  13. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy January 11, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    This salad looks incredible.It goes to show that vegan salads can be really filling too and I love the asparagus too. You don’t see enough asparagus in salads I think.

    • JulieWunder January 11, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

      I totally agree! It doesn’t take much to add that extra protein to something vegan!

  14. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes January 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I love a good salad for lunch, this looks delicious. And loving the lemony vinagarette!

  15. Miz Helen January 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I just pinned your awesome salad, it looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    • JulieWunder January 11, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for the pin! I really appreciate it!

  16. Farrah January 9, 2016 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Yum! :] I feel like I wouldn’t miss the meat at all with this one! It looks so good!

  17. Sam @ PancakeWarriors January 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and love all of these ingredients. i’m so digging simple homemade salad dressing right now and this sounds amazing!!

  18. nicole @life after heels January 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    that looks so yummy. i need to revamp my diet. It’s been a lot better since December but I still need to improve. Thanks for posting

    • JulieWunder January 9, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Always room to do better! Great to see you today!

  19. Jess @hellotofit January 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I prefer local restaurants, but do love me some Bonefish ๐Ÿ˜‰ everything about this cobb salad seems delicious! I had a warm Buddha bowl yesterday for dinner that had kale as a base. So good.

  20. Cailee January 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    YUM!! This looks amazing! What a great recipe! I wouldn’t have thought to make a cob salad vegan… but you sold me!! It looks delicious, healthy and nourishing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing love! Hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Annmarie January 8, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Oh man this looks amazing!!!! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Mandi Korn January 7, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Very, very yummy, thanks for sharing:o)

  23. Lauren January 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Oh yum, my kind of salad and a perfect Ah the Cheesecake Factory….I love their apps and salads!

  24. [email protected] January 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve never eaten at The Cheesecake Factory either! But I do have a soft spot in my heart (okay stomach) for cheesecake. I love the ingredients in this salad! Especially the asparagus! Yum!

    • JulieWunder January 9, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

      yes, Cheesecake is my jam ๐Ÿ™‚ But I eat stuff like this salad more often ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Leigh January 7, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Yum! This looks and sounds amazing!

  26. My kind of said for sure! Love all the veggies in there. Thanks for linking up and see you for the new Meatless Mobday next week w Sarah and me

  27. Susie @ SuzLyfe January 7, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

    I’ve never eaten at a Cheesecake factory. I also don’t really like cheesecake. Except for the vegan daiya ones. But I do like cheesecake crust ๐Ÿ˜€ Loving the flavors here!

  28. Blane Sherer January 7, 2016 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Looks like a tasty salad ( smile )

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