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Tastemakers Ep. 5: Gaby Dalkin is Our Favorite California Girl

And she makes a mean margarita.

By Camille Styles
Camille Styles and Gaby Dalkin Cooking Video

Cookbooks are one of my greatest passions in life. In each episode of Tastemakers, I go behind the scenes with the authors of my very favorite cookbooks and uncover their stories, what makes them tick, and the secrets to making mouthwateringly delicious food.

Tacos, margaritas, guacamole, and cobb salads… Gaby Dalkin shares my love for all the most important things in life. Seriously, if I had to choose a foodie soul sister, she’d be it, so it’s no surprise that I regularly cook my way through her cookbook of the same name as her mega-popular food blog, What’s Gaby Cooking. Watch our episode above, then scroll on for the drool-worthy recipe to the strawberry & chicken cobb salad that Gaby showed me how to make. Now the only question is… can I be a Cali girl, too?

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Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad from What's Gaby Cooking

Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad from What's Gaby CookingCamille Styles and Gaby Dalkin, What's Gaby Cooking

Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad from What's Gaby Cooking Camille Styles and Gaby Dalkin, What's Gaby Cooking

Chipotle Chicken And Strawberry Cobb Salad

Serves 4-6

Tastemakers Ep. 5: Gaby Dalkin is Our Favorite California Girl

By Camille Styles


For the chicken:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)

For the salad:

3 to 4 cups (120 to 160 g) market greens

4 strips applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled

8 to 10 strawberries, hulled and quartered

2 ears corn on the cob, kernels removed in strips

1 to 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced

Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper

Lemon-Champagne Vinaigrette


To make the chicken:

Combine the oil, chipotles, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and black pepper in a small bowl. Place the chicken in a large zip-top bag and add the marinade. Zip the bag and mix the chicken into the marinade to coat. Place in the fridge and let it marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan to about 400 degrees F (medium-high heat). Place the chicken on the grill and grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the chicken against the grain.

Arrange the greens on a large platter and top with the bacon, strawberries, corn, avocado, and grilled chicken and season with salt and pepper. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve.

Lemon-Champagne Vinaigrette


juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp champagne vinegar

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/3 cup olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Adjust the salt and pepper as needed. The dressing will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.