Years ago, early on in my marriage and when all of my sisters-in-law lived within driving and more importantly,  lunching distance whenever there was a family bridal shower we’d meet at what was then Hudson’s to choose our shower gifts. 
We’d leave the unwrapped gifts in the trusty hands of the Gift Wrapping Department (does this even exist anymore?) and go out for lunch while the gift was wrapped while we caught up and had a lot of laughs and the wrapping looked way better than what we could have done ourselves.
I wasn’t a salad person in those days, but my sisters-in-law all were. A Cobb, a Maurice, some conglomeration of Romaine and fruit and chicken. You name it and if it came in salad form, they ordered it. I usually went with a sandwich a fries. I didn’t know what I was missing. I suppose I finally grew up because I love a good salad now and if there’s meat or some sort of protein in it, like this Shrimp Cobb Salad, it’s a whole meal.

shrimp cobb salad

If you’ve been following along, this is recipe #2 of Same Ingredients/Different Results where we’re using the same ingredients and turning them into two different recipes, eliminating waste and food boredom. Moving along to our make-over recipe. I’ve seen Cobb Salads with different dressings, like blue cheese dressing – heavenly – but I’m going with Cilantro Lime because. . .well, I just think it compliments the shrimp. And it’s a bit lighter which, frankly I can use right now. But feel free to drizzle whatever dressing sets your sails. Remember all that shrimp we made Tuesday for the Shrimp Quesadillas? The extra shrimp is going into this Shrimp Cobb Salad  along with a bunch of other yummy stuff.  This is not your mama’s Cobb Salad.

The step-by-step photos really aren’t necessary. You begin with:

  • Romaine lettuce or mixed greens, then add ~
  • An ear of sweet corn, cooked and shucked
  • Grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • Crumbled Goat cheese, 
  • A couple of piece of bacon cooked to crisp,
  • 2 – hard-boiled eggs,
  • Black beans (the remaining half can from the Shrimp Quesadillas) 
  • Avocado (the other half of the avocado also from the Shrimp Quesadillas)

Since we cooked enough shrimp for this salad when we made the Shrimp Quesadillas, we just need to add it to the salad, along with the other half of the red bell pepper also from that recipe.

shrimp cobb salad

 When I was in the grocery store buying the ingredients for this Shrimp Cobb Salad, there was an elderly gentleman next to me at the ‘corn bin’. He asked if I knew the best way to cook sweet corn. I’m easy. I bit. I said, no I didn’t. He told me his method and I’m sharing it with you because he is spot.on.

Leave the corn in the husk and microwave it on high for 4 minutes. Using a towel take the corn out of the micro and cut off the wider end about 1/2″ from the bottom (not the end with the silk). Turn it upside down and the corn literally slides out without any silk on it!

This method is pure genius and it even works if you grill your corn in the husk like we usually do. Just cut off the base, tip the corn cob and it slides right out.

shrimp cobb salad
I love how everything is all in a row.

So the salad is set, while it’s chilling, let’s move onto the dressing:

Whisk together:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 – tablespoons of fresh cilantro, minced
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 – tablespoon of honey (or more according to your taste)
  • 2 – tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Drizzle ~ or pour — it’s so good you may want to just pour the dressing over this Shrimp Cobb Salad and enjoy!

shrimp cobb salad


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  1. I absolutely love Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing…….but your dressing sounds fantastic! All I need is fresh corn and cilantro….good to go. The corn trick in the microwave works GREAT every time! Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mary I could devour pretty much anything with Blue Cheese dressing ~ or just blue cheese on its own! I’ve been trying to eat a little lighter since I can’t hide behind the winter clothes anymore 🙂 Some days are more successful than others. Thanks for stopping by ~ and pinning! Have a good rest of the weekend.

  2. This salad is a winner! Loved the dressing and will definitely be using it for other salads and things – potentially a marinade. Thoughts? The combo of cilantro, honey, and balsamic was fantastic.

    1. Hey Lauren – thank you so much! Re: using the dressing for a marinade – MMMMM! Definitely – it would probably be delish on chicken or shrimp — great idea 🙂