This Shrimp Cobb Salad is LOADED with juicy cajun shrimp and all the best flavors of summer. Everyone who tries it loves it. This chopped salad with shrimp always disappears fast, so if you’re running for a refill, run fast!

Shrimp Cobb Salad with a chopped romaine base layered with cajun shrimp, avocado, and tomatoes

Why a Cobb Salad with Shrimp?

Cobb salads can use a variety of protein options to make them a hearty meal, however, this Cobb Salad with Shrimp is one of the easiest options. The cajun shrimp only takes 4 minutes to cook. Yes, 4 minutes! I highly recommend the cajun spices on the shrimp for an extra party in your mouth – making this a truly unforgettable salad.

If you love layered cobb salads and want to try other protein options, be sure to try our popular Chicken Cobb Salad and Salmon Cobb Salad.

Shrimp Cobb Salad Video Tutorial:

I could happily live off this shrimp salad! Watch the quick video and you’ll be headed to the store for ingredients…

Ingredients for Shrimp Cobb Salad:

Shrimp Cobb Salad is a chopped salad that starts with a base of washed and chopped romaine lettuce. To wash lettuce be sure to use a salad spinner, so your final salad isn’t too wet, then layer with:

  • Juicy Cajun Shrimp–  saute the shrimp in butter with cajun spice and garlic.
  • Avocado – lots of avocados!
  • Tomatoes – slice Roma tomatoes into bite-sized pieces or use quartered cherry tomatoes.
  • Red Onions – thinly sliced red onions provide a mild onion flavor and add more color to this gorgeous salad
  • Freshly Cooked Corn – use Boiled Corn on the Cob or our favorite Instant Pot Corn for an amazing pop of sweet flavor. When corn is out of season, you can cook some frozen corn that was sealed at the peak of freshness.

The Best Dressing for Shrimp Chopped Salad:

The cilantro lime dressing is so simple but adds an incredibly fresh flavor. The ingredients are so simple with cilantro, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. The combination of flavors really makes each bite of salad taste like a summer party!

Layered Shrimp Cobb Salad

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How to Serve Cobb Salad:

For parties and entertaining, our preference for making this shrimp salad is to layer the ingredients on a salad platter or in a bowl for the classic Cobb Salad presentation. Just before serving, you can drizzle on the cilantro dressing.

When serving family-style, it is easier to toss the ingredients together with the dressing.

Juicy Cajun Shrimp close-up

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Shrimp Cobb Salad Recipe

4.95 from 101 votes
Author: Natasha of
A Shrimp Cobb Salad recipe that is loaded with juicy cajun shrimp and topped with fresh cilantro dressing, bringing the flavors of summer to each bite.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 6 as a side salad

Ingredients for Cajun Shrimp:

  • 1 lb medium shrimp, 31-40 Count, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp cajun spice
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Ingredients for Salad:

  • 1 medium romaine lettuce, 5-6 cups chopped
  • 1/2 lb 3 medium Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, or 3 small, sliced
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup corn kernels, from 2 freshly cooked cobs

Ingredients for Cilantro-Lemon Dressing:

  • Juice of 1 large lemon, 3 Tbsp
  • 1/2 small bunch of cilantro, 1/2 cup finely chopped or parsley
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt or 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


How to make Avocado Shrimp Salad:

  • Pat dry shrimp with paper towels and place in a medium bowl. Add 1 tsp cajun spice, 2 pressed garlic cloves, a pinch of salt and stir to combine.
  • Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp butter and once its melted and hot, add shrimp in a single layer. Sauté 2 minutes per side or just until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Chop, rinse and spin dry 1 medium head of romaine lettuce. You should end up with about 6 cups lettuce. Transfer that to a large mixing bowl. Now add 3 sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, sliced cucumbers, 2 sliced avocados and 1 cup cooked corn.
  • To make the dressing, start with 3 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice, now finely chop about 1/2 cup of cilantro and stir that in. Add 3 Tbsp of olive oil and extra virgin has the best flavor. Season with 1 tsp salt and a generous pinch of black pepper and stir that together.

Nutrition Per Serving

242kcal Calories15g Carbs3g Protein21g Fat5g Saturated Fat10mg Cholesterol447mg Sodium522mg Potassium6g Fiber3g Sugar1151IU Vitamin A14mg Vitamin C20mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Cobb Salad Recipe
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp cobb salad
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 242
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Avocado Shrimp Salad Recipe with cajun shrimp and the best flavors of summer. The cilantro lemon dressing gives this shrimp salad incredible fresh flavor! |

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  • Stef
    June 7, 2024

    I have seen your recipe since long time now.
    I did it and keep doing it with different ingredients.
    Still,i keep going back to your recipe as a reference.
    Tks for it….because i change one or two ingredients according to my pantry/fridge,everybody seeem to enjoy the dish every time.
    Now ,it is not your recipe anymore but it is based on yours.


  • Josephine B
    October 15, 2023

    Hi Natasha, since I found your Cobb Salad I can’t get enough of your salad recipes. Now, with this Prawn (Shrimp) salad what can I replace the Cajun spice with as being an Australian we’re not very fond of that spice? I love the sound of the rest of this salad, so I’m really wanting to try it. Thank you from an Aussie.


      October 16, 2023

      Hi Josephine! I’m so glad you’re loving the salad. Really, you can use any spice is your preference. A seafood spice or something as simple as a lemon/pepper or other.


  • Julie Boyle
    January 31, 2023

    This is my favorite salad, I do have a question and have not figured out how not get avocado to stay green. Love taking this for lunch at work at 12 am I hate anything there a process besides leaving it off till I’m ready to eat


      January 31, 2023

      Hi Julie! I’m glad you love this salad. Lime juice or lemon juice helps delay the browning on the avocados.


  • Michelle
    November 4, 2022

    Natasha this recipe was fabulous including the homemade dressing. I love your recipes and have made a few of them. Not sure if you
    have a cookbook yet, but add me to the list if you ever decide to get one.


      November 5, 2022

      Hi Michelle! That’s great. So glad you loved it. My first cookbook is scheduled to release Fall of 2023! 🙂


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