Cuban Cobb Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Our Cuban Cobb Salad – loaded with all the flavors of a Cuban sandwich right down to the tangy mustard vinaigrette – is a lighter way to enjoy a classic favorite! This fresh ‘sandwich turned salad’ was made possible via a sponsored series for Rubbermaid #Freshworks through Socialstars .

If you like Cuban sandwiches, then you will LOVE this Cuban Cobb Salad! It is loaded with all of the classic flavors of a Cuban sandwich including a delicious mustard vinaigrette!

This was going to be a long shot.

Chris is a HUGE Cuban sandwich fan. If there is a Cuban on the menu, he is going to order it. Every. Single. Time.

The Cuban bread buttered and pressed until crispy, the Swiss cheese melted over sweet ham and savory seasoned pork, tangy pickle slices, that classic blend of mustard + mayo.

So, when I suggested a salad version of his favorite sandwich, I could see the skepticism.

But when I say this was a home run, you can just call me Giancarlo Stanton.

Cuban Cobb Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Our Cuban Cobb Salad - loaded with all the flavors of a Cuban sandwich right down to the tangy mustard vinaigrette - is a lighter way to enjoy a classic favorite!

With my efforts to eat healthier this Summer, I am really trying to be intentional and reduce the amount of refined sugars, bread and processed foods that I am eating. (You can see 10 ways I am trying to eat healthier here.) So, I decided to turn one of our favorites sandwiches into a salad.


This salad. I don’t even miss the bread.

It is hearty. Packed with protein and chockablock full of all the delicious components of a Cuban sandwich. And don’t get me started on that easy mustard vinaigrette. Just measure into a mason jar and give it a good ol’ shake.

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk lettuce. This salad starts with sturdy romaine hearts. Iceberg lettuce just won’t stand up under all the thick cut toppings and will get seriously soggy. So, let’s all agree on romaine. Okay? Okay.

Keep romaine hearts fresh and crispy and on hand so you can make this Cuban Cobb Salad on a moment's notice! I love the Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Savers!

I have been using Rubbermaid®’s Freshworks™ Produce Savers to store our lettuce and berries. They really keep our lettuce fresh and crispy so much longer then when I am lazy and leave it in the grocery store packaging. No more wilted, slimy lettuce! The FreshVent™ technology in the lids regulate air flow and the CrispTray™ that elevate the produce away from moisture.

Here are 4 more reasons to love these Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ containers:

  1. Banana Berry Breakfast Nachos
  2. Berry Brunch Kabobs
  3. Lemon Cream Cheese Frosted Cookies with Blackberries
  4. Simple Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Now, back to this Cuban Cobb Salad. Fill a large shallow salad bowl with chopped romaine lettuce. Then, it’s topping time!

I had my deli cut thick slabs of good quality sweet ham, seasoned fresh ham and Swiss cheese. I julienned the meat and cheese (cut it into sticks) but you could also cube it. I just felt a little fancy that day :)

Have your deli slice sweet ham, seasoned pork and swiss cheese in thick slabs for this Cuban Cobb Salad!

Since this is a twist on a Cobb salad, I added some quartered hard boiled eggs. And I couldn’t forget the dill pickles from a Cuban sandwich, so I added a big pile of chopped pickles, too.

My family LOVED this hearty Cuban Cobb Salad - we didn't even miss the bread!!

Once the salad was tossed in the bowl, I shook up a tangy mustard vinaigrette in a mason jar and drizzled it all over.

A tangy mustard vinaigrette finishes this hearty, low carb Cuban Cobb Salad!

Yes, please!!

Bonus: since it is still a bazillion degrees in Florida, I don’t have to even touch my stove or oven to get dinner on the table!

Our hearty Cuban Cobb Salad is our way to enjoy one of our favorite sandwiches in salad form!

Cuban Cobb Salad with Mustard Viniagrette

Cuban Cobb Salad with Mustard Viniagrette


    Cuban Cobb Salad
  • 2 1/2 romaine hearts, cut into thin ribbons
  • 1/2 lb sweet ham, sliced thick then julienned/chopped
  • 1/2 lb cooked fresh ham (seasoned pork), sliced thick then julienned/chopped
  • 1/2 lb swiss cheese, sliced thick then julienned/chopped
  • 6 small dill pickles, sliced into rounds
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, cut in quarters lengthwise
  • Mustard Vinaigrette
  • 6 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste


    Make the Mustard Vinaigrette
  1. First, measure olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon & yellow mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and salt/pepper in a mason jar and shake to combine.
  2. Refrigerate vinaigrette until you are ready to serve the salad.
  3. Make the Cuban Cobb Salad
  4. Fill a large shallow salad bowl with romaine lettuce.
  5. Arrange sliced ham, sliced fresh ham (seasoned pork), sliced cheese, pickle rounds and quartered eggs in rows on top of the lettuce.
  6. Just prior to serving, drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat.

Our Cuban Cobb Salad - loaded with all the flavors of a Cuban sandwich right down to the tangy mustard vinaigrette - is a lighter way to enjoy a classic favorite!

Our family of four each had a dinner sized portion of this Cuban Cobb Salad and there was still enough for leftovers. BOTH of my boys asked if there was any salad for lunch the next day, so I would say none of us will mind when this shows back up on our weekly meal plan!

Cuban Cobb Salad - what a great way to turn one of our favorite sandwiches into a lighter, protein packed salad! LOVE that easy mustard vinaigrette!

If you liked our Cuban Cobb Salad …

Simple Strawberry Balsamic Salad - crisp greens are topped with ripe strawberries and tangy Gorgonzola cheese, then drizzled with Balsamic dressing - perfect for that gorgeous Spring and Summer produce!

Simple Strawberry Balsamic Salad

When the temperatures rise, this Spinach Quinoa Caprese Salad is a great light lunch or dinner that is packed with protein and healthy fresh vegetables!

Spinach Caprese Quinoa Salad


  1. JaneEllen says:

    Your family is some of best fed people have heard of. You always seem to be cooking/baking up some awesome food. Salad of any kind sounds so good and much healthier in hot weather.
    Hubs wants all these heavy meat meals and I can hardly eat anything heavy, too much meat or hot foods, crave veggies.
    Have hard time eating many things since I have no bottom teeth. Lost all few years ago as am losing bone. Miss getting to eat apples, nuts, celery for example. Hubs has dentures so he can munch away at anything.
    Your salad looks really good, just has pickles instead of tomatoes. Are you or hubs Cuban? Or is Cuban something common in Florida? Duh, dumb ?huh?
    Enjoy those salads,, have wonderful week.

  2. The mustard vinaigrette sounds delicious!

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