Shrimp Cobb Salad with Avocado

Shrimp Cobb Salad is a hearty, elegant rendition of the classic Cobb. The fresh shrimp is seasoned and seared, then piled on crisp greens with blue cheese, bacon, eggs, corn, and other delicious toppings. Fancy enough for a party, but easy enough as a filling meal!

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shrimp Cobb salad on a serving plate

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Avocado

Shrimp Cobb Salad turns the traditional Cobb into a seafood delight. Instead of the typical grilled chicken, we’re using juicy, pan-fried shrimp as the main protein.

Blue cheese crumbles add a creamy bite in place of the usual cheddar. The result is a beautiful dish loaded with textures, colors, and flavors.

If you’re in the mood for a light and healthy lunch, this dish is always a winner. However, it’s also excellent for special occasions.

It looks so impressive served family-style with the all the ingredients arranged in nice rows on top!

layered shrimp Cobb salad

Shrimp Cobb Salad Ingredients:

This recipe has three components: the seafood, the dressing, and the rest of the ingredients.

  • To season the shrimp, you will need the juice of a lemon, salt and fresh black pepper, garlic powder, paprika. Set out some olive oil for frying. 
  • For the dressing, prepare more lemon juice, minced fresh garlic, freshly-shredded parmesan, Greek yogurt (sub sour cream if you want), and mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • For the rest of the dish, prepare crispy bacon crumbles, hard boiled eggs, croutons, halved grape tomatoes, sliced avocados, and sweet corn. Crumble some blue cheese. Finally, wash and completely dry some Romaine or iceberg lettuce.

How to peel shrimp?

Twist and pull off the head. Pull out the legs. Peel of the shell beginning at the head end. You can keep the tail end for decorative purposes depending on the recipe, but for this one, take it off as well.

As you’re working, make sure the seafood stays cold by submerging them in ice water or ice cubes.

shrimp Cobb salad

How to cook shrimp for salad?

  • Toss the seafood lightly in oil and seasonings.
  • Sear over medium high heat until golden and a bit of crust forms. Don’t overcook.

How to make Shrimp Cobb Salad?

  1. Make the dressing. Use a blender or food processor to blend dressing ingredients until smooth.
  2. Assemble. Place the greens at the bottom of your serving dish. Arrange the toppings in neat rows to showcase each ingredient.
  3. Serve. Drizzle the dressing on top, or place on the side so that guests can help themselves. 

Shrimp Cobb Salad recipe variations:

  • Grill the seafood: the grilled smokiness adds more flavor
  • Add other vegetables: broccoli florets, carrots, and bell peppers are some great options
  • Use other seafood: try the recipe with scallops, salmon, or lobster
  • Use other meat: for a different protein, use roasted or grilled chicken, pork, or turkey
  • Add crunch: almonds and walnuts add a nice crunch

shrimp Cobb salad in a bowl

The best dressing for Shrimp Cobb Salad?

To switch up the flavors, try this with Blue Cheese dressing, tangy Ranch, and Thousand Island. I also like eating it with garlicky homemade Caesar dressing. If you want to keep it light, a balsamic dressing or just very good olive oil will do.

What to serve with Shrimp cobb salad?

This dish is already filling enough on its own, but it’s also a great side to most mains. The flavors go particularly well with the easiest Chicken Marsala, Lemon Thyme Chicken, or Honey Citrus Salmon for a full seafood feast.

Can you make it ahead?

Yes, and the trick is to prepare the individual components separately. Chop and cook the toppings, whip up the dressing, and sear the seafood. Store in a sealed container. Assemble just before serving.

shrimp Cobb salad with avocado

More salad recipes:

Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to use frozen seafood for this recipe. Just make sure to thaw ahead, drain, and blot the excess moisture out so you can get a good sear.
  • Try chilling the lettuce leaves before serving to give it extra crisp.
  • No need to devein. But if you prefer it without, use a paring knife to gently lift the dark vein, and finish pulling out with your finger.
5 from 6 votes
shrimp Cobb salad
Shrimp Cobb Salad with Avocado
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Shrimp Cobb Salad is a hearty, elegant rendition of the classic Cobb. The fresh shrimp is seasoned and seared, then piled on crisp greens with blue cheese, bacon, eggs, corn, and other delicious toppings.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp Cobb Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 803 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet
  • 1 lb shrimp cooked and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 4 hard-boied eggs
  • 6 cups Romaine lettuce leaves washed and dried
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 8 oz. blue cheese crumbled
  • 2 cups croutons
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix the shrimp with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cook the shrimp in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until golden, 2-3 minutes.
Make the Dressing:
  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl, stir.
Assemble the Salad:
  1. In a large salad bowl or individual salad bowls, add lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and half of the croutons, toss to combine.
  2. Top with the remaining ingredients, except the remaining croutons.
  3. Pour the dressing on top and top with the remaining croutons. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Cobb Salad with Avocado
Amount Per Serving
Calories 803 Calories from Fat 747
% Daily Value*
Fat 83g128%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Cholesterol 579mg193%
Sodium 2502mg109%
Potassium 1128mg32%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 8019IU160%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 629mg63%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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