Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing Recipe

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing Recipe

How To Make Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing

This shrimp cobb salad comes with the refreshing flavors of mangoes and cucumbers, complemented with the saltiness from bacon and Cotija cheese.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



For Creamy Basil Dressing:

  • cupmayonnaise
  • cupplain Greek yogurt
  • 1tbsplemon juice
  • ½tsphoney
  • tspsalt
  • tsppepper
  • ½cuppacked basil leaves
  • cupolive oil

For Salad:

  • 1lbshell on shrimp,(16-20 per lb), large, thawed
  • ½yellow onion,sliced
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1tspsalt
  • ½tsppeppercorns
  • 2sprigsparsley
  • 4slicesbacon,cut crosswise into
  • 2smallheads baby romaine lettuce,or other crisp lettuce, torn into pieces
  • 1pintcherry tomatoes,halved
  • 2smallavocados,sliced
  • 2smallyellow mangoes,peeled and diced
  • 2Persian cucumbers,sliced
  • 8ozCotija cheese,crumbled



  1. In a food processor or blender, process the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper, and basil leaves until smooth.

  2. With the motor running, slowly stream in the oil through the feed tube until blended. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice, if desired.


  1. Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set it aside. This will stop the shrimp from cooking later.

  2. In a wide saucepan set over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water to a simmer. Add the onion, bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, and parsley.

  3. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the shrimp to the pot, and stir.

  4. Bring the water back to a simmer and remove the pan from the heat. Cover with a lid and leave for 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque in the center.

  5. With a slotted spoon, quickly scoop the shrimp into the bowl of ice water. Swish them around for one minute. Drain and pat dry.

  6. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours or until ready to use.

  7. Starting underneath where the legs are attached, pull off the legs and shell. Leave the tail segment on (for appearance.)

  8. Make a shallow slit down the middle of the back of the shrimp to reveal the black thread (intestine). Use the tip of a paring knife to lift out the black vein. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water.

  9. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp and golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

To Assemble:

  1. Serve on one large platter or on individual plates. Spread the lettuce on the bottom and top with separate mounds of shrimp, bacon, tomatoes, avocados, mangoes, cucumbers, and cheese.

  2. Serve with basil dressing.


  • Calories: 966.89kcal
  • Fat: 75.84g
  • Saturated Fat: 21.38g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 34.45g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 15.36g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.44g
  • Fiber: 10.52g
  • Sugar: 24.27g
  • Protein: 37.12g
  • Cholesterol: 229.42mg
  • Sodium: 1769.56mg
  • Calcium: 611.52mg
  • Potassium: 1347.09mg
  • Iron: 2.53mg
  • Vitamin A: 658.83µg
  • Vitamin C: 73.76mg
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