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Shrimp Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

It’s been a rough couple of days for Butters. Three days after bringing him home, he had a very high fever so we had to hospitalize him for fluids and antibiotics, and he, unfortunately, had to wear the “cone of shame” to keep his IVs in. And despite all of the lab work, the doc still can’t figure out what’s causing his immune system to shut down.

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

It’s also been a nightmare on my end. No one really tells you how attached you become to your pet, even after 72 hours of taking care of him. And when he’s in his bed, hyperventilating, and looking like he’s about to pass out, well, anxiety and panic takes over. Thankfully, after his IVs, his energy has been up and he’s been doing so much better. We have one more vet visit today so we’re hoping he’s out of the woods and his temperature is back to normal.

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

But enough about Butters. Let’s talk salad!

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

So remember when I told you that Jason and I have a Cabo trip planned in 2 months? Well, this is yet another one of my attempts to eat a bit “lighter”. That is, after I stuff my face with an old-fashioned donut for breakfast. Still,  at least I’m trying.

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

But light or not, this salad is loaded with tons of goodies, from roasted shrimp tossed in Emeril’s Essence (my favorite kind of seasoning), crisp bacon bits, goat cheese, corn kernels, eggs and fresh avocado. This all gets tossed in a refreshing, yet tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. I absolutely loved the kick of heat in the dressing from the jalapeno too, but if you’re not much of a spice person, you can completely omit the jalapeno for a mild dressing.

Shrimp Cobb Salad - A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

Now if all salads were like this, I’d have no problem eating one of these every single day until Cabo.

Shrimp Cobb Salad

A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette!

10 minutes20 minutes


  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

For the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeño, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. To make the cilantro lime vinaigrette, combine cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil and vinegar in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place shrimp onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and Emeril’s Essence, and gently toss to combine. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes; set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  5. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat; set aside for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and let cool before peeling and dicing.
  6. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with arranged rows of shrimp, bacon, eggs, avocado, corn and goat cheese.
  7. Serve immediately with cilantro lime vinaigrette.

Adapted from Closet Cooking.

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  1. Can you suggest any other dressing that might be good with it? I have that weird genetic mutation that makes cilantro taste like poison and am allergic to lime ‍♀️ (I can do without the shrimp if that helps) thanks so much!

  2. I’m making this tonight!! I was thinking to meal prep the next few days. Would you eat this shrimp cold or should I place separately to warm up the shrimp before eating?? 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    will absolutely make this salad again and again! that dressing is everything!!! even though I overcooked the shrimp (it’s a terrible habit) the end result was so tasty. would be delicious with other meats, also!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    What is the calories per serving? 

  5. your corgi is adorable!!!!

  6. Such a great looking salad!  I can’t find the seasoning mix you used on the shrimp anywhere.  It may not be available here in Canada.  Could you suggest what spices I could use as a substitute?  Thanks for the great recipes!

  7. I was wondering what the nutritional value is for this salad

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information. Hope that helps!

  8. THIS is the best salad I have ever made !! I used baby spinach instead on romain because that’s what I had in my fridge, and I’m not big on boiled egg so I didn’t include it but OMG !! absolutely amazing I’m going to be stuck on it for a very long time! Thanks so much !

  9. Hello saw your post and thought what a pretty picture and that I wanted to try and make it so I made it this afternoon it was very nice and light seasonig was just right all throughout even the dressing this was a very good salad thanks for sharing this recipe I will be making it again

  10. Is the dressing just as good if you make the day before?

  11. I love shrimp and salad. It was great putting these two together.

  12. This salad looks delicious, however I don’t own a food processor. Is there a way to make the dressing without a food processor?

  13. I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! The dressing is amazing 🙂 Thanks so much!

  14. This was a great salad. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. I made this salad last night for my lunches this week and it is HEAVENLY! Do you happen to have the nutrition information for it? I will definitely be making this again!

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, it is best that you use free online resources at your discretion (you can gooogle “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

  16. Made this for my boyfriend for lunch and he said that it was the best thing that I ever made for him. It was so good!!

  17. Our favorite salad. We shell our shrimp, texture is more tender. I’m making this for company in a few weeks. What rolls/bread would you suggest? I’m doing lemon cream pie for dessert.

  18. This looks delicious! I found it through Pinterest. However, I am allergic to lime. Would it work to substitute lemon for it?

  19. I have just made this – it’s truly the most delicious salad I have ever eaten…thank you!

  20. Thank you Chung-Ah for this amazing salad dish. I live on east coast with my boyfriend who is actually from LA beach area and I always cook fresh food for us and came across your site and fits us perfectly with what we like to eat. We are going on vaca to Hermosa next month and he said to save this one. Can’t wait to try another recipe.

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  22. This has gone into my regular rotation. I really loved this! I only omitted the avocado and added onion instead. Next time I will likely double the dressing. It was great but I shared this between 2 plates and it didn’t feel like enough.

  23. This salad looks amazing. I just found your site. I cannot wait to try these recipes!

    About Butters. Please, please look into vaccine reactions. Ask for the actual insert to the vaccines you are allowing him to have. I have seen dogs and cats go into auto-immune sickness after a round of ‘puppy shots’ or ‘kitty shots’. They are not risk free. Hope that helps?

    Again thank you for your amazing recipes.

  24. I hope your Baby Butters is doing well now. So adorable!
    I can’t wait to try this salad! It looks wonderful. I am going to try it now, in the hopes of using it at a bridal shower I am doing. How cute would it be to use leaves of hearts of romaine and fill them with the filling.

  25. I just purchased all the ingredients to make this for dinner tomorrow night! I’m so excited to try this recipe! It looks delicious!


  26. This salad was so delicious. Even my husband who doesn’t think salad should qualify as a meal was extremely satisfied and full! I just came across your blog last week and so far I have made this salad, the broccoli and cheese quinoa casserole, salmon with sriracha cream sauce, and honey salmon in foil. I love your site!

  27. I know you wrote light salad….and while this salad is very very tasty it however is anything but light (in the calorie sense). I have to write down every calorie I eat for the next six months for a diabetic study I am in and when I figured out the calories for this salad it comes in at 775 calories per serving. Not very light if one is on a tight calorie per day budget of 1500. I so enjoyed this salad and will make it again but just wanted to let your readers know how many calories there were. If I figured it wrong then I apologize and please let me know where I went wrong in my calculations =)

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad, Rebecca. As for the calorie count – although your calculations have indicated that this is 775 calories per serving, please note that this salad can easily be stretched out to at least 6 servings. Additionally, not everyone is on a tight calorie budget of 1500 calories per day, which I might have to say is a very small number. If your calorie budget is that low, then a single serving would not be appropriate for your diet – I would even recommend half a serving.

  28. Hey there, hope Butters is feeling better. One thing, since he’s fallen ill so soon after you’ve brought him home, have you been in touch with the breeder? Just a good idea to keep in touch regarding immediate health issues while he’s still so young and new to your home. Hope he gets well soon.

  29. So sorry to hear about “Butters”. I’ll be praying that he fully recovers. Having owned 2 Corgis, and 1 Alaskan Malamute, I think they, (along with Alaskan Malamutes), are the most adorable, smartest dogs around. (Can’t wait to try the recipe)

  30. Just came across your site and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy it! I love to cook and would like to start a website/blog. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks and hope your sweet Butters is feeling better

    • This is such a difficult question to answer but the important thing to remember is to be yourself and to be authentic. Blog because you love it and because you are passionate about it – not because you want to become rich and famous.

  31. Poor little puppy!!! Sending love and hugs for you all.

    And this salad is TO-DIE-FOR!!! Seriously. I need it.

  32. I just found your site and I absolutely love it. I normally don’t comment on blogs but yours it is truly beautiful and have great recipes. I’m considering making a version of this salad today with your Garlic Parmesan Fries. Thanks for the recipes!!

    P.D. I just started my own site, if you would like to visit @ http://www.mycraftingnook.com

  33. Awe! Sweet Butters. Your love will give him strength to recover soon. Cheer up Butters, my Coco had to wear that cone too, it’ll go by fast. The shrimp cobb looks amaze, I haven’t had a cobb in forever and I agree, Emeril’s seasonings are fabulous.

  34. Feel better cute Butters. Please keep us updated.

  35. I am going to make this for my friends this summer! What breed is your puppy? He looks like a fox! I hope he gets healthy soon….

  36. Aww Butters is so cute! I hope he gets better soon!

    This salad looks awesome. I love the combination you got going there and the shrimp and cilantro lime vinaigrette sound fantastic together!

  37. How cute is that dog!! love all the photographs..baked shrimps…wish to finish of the entire portion by myself..hehehe..!!

  38. Sorry about your Butters… I understand being a doggy mama too. Hope he feels better soon. I have a freezer full of shrimp and am trying to reduce my waistline from all the over-indulging this winter, so I’m on this!

  39. great healty dinner!

  40. Gorgeous salad!!! I’m so sorry about your precious little pup!! Praying for a full recovery.

  41. Sending hugs and love to your sweet pup! And this salad is gorgeous! One of the reasons that I always stay away from Cobb salads is because I can’t stand blue cheese, I LOVE that you used goat cheese instead. Yum!

  42. Sending SO much love to you guys and Butters. Praying he’ll be ok. My heart is melting. Beautiful photos, Chung-Ah! The goat cheese, cilantro lime vinaigrette, and shrimp combo sounds incredible.

  43. I so hope Butters is doing better today, poor little guy! Gorgeous salad!

  44. I love this salad, and especially with the lime cilantro Vinaigrette. What a great way to take a Cobb salad to the next level…fabulous! Thanks for sharing it here!

  45. What an adorable dog. I hope so much he gets better soon!

  46. Aaawww, Butters is adorable, poor baby! This salad looks amazing, though!! 😉 xo

  47. well this salad is pretty much perfect. what a gorgeous photo! all of them!

  48. Awwww, he’s so adorable!! I hope and PRAY that he will be much better, soon!

    Beautiful salad, Chung-Ah!! xo

  49. This looks amazing. I love shrimp so a defo winner. Pinned!

  50. Poor Butters! It’s always the worst when your pets are sick because they don’t know how to tell you. 🙁 I hope he gets well soon!

    This salad (as with all of your salads… actually everything you make :)) looks scrumptious!

  51. Looks so delicious! I love a yummy salad! Makes me think about Spring 🙂
    The Macadame. xx

  52. Warmest get well wishes to Butters and less anxiety for you and Jason. Hope he will be back to funny puppy tricks soon, what a cutie. Yes, Stacy, probiotics are very important when taking any kind of antibiotic, for us humans too.
    This salad looks absolutely delicious! Will try that for our lunch tomorrow.

  53. Ohhhh what I wouldn’t do for a big bowl of this salad right this minute…. for breakfast!!! Amazing! Pinning!

  54. So sorry about Butters-such a cute name. Keep us posted. I love your website. Your dish ingredients are so not complicated. I have saved all of them since I added your website to my computer. I look forward to getting a new recipe from you everyday. I’m going to try them as soon as I get the chance. They all loo good and simple to make. Glad I found your website. Prayers to Butters.

  55. Awwww..I sure hope lil baby Butters gets better…such a cutie! Keep us posted. Going to get the ingredients for this salad…looks so good. My Friday dish.

  56. This will be a hot summer day (and there are plenty here in the south) salad! Can hardly wait!! Sending good thoughts for Butters to get well and for you and Jason, too.

  57. Hoping Butters is feeling better and on the mend. Love this salad!

  58. I’m hoping that Butters feels better very soon. He’s adorable! Gotta love our pets. The salad looks delicious! I’m going to add it to my Summer dinner list. Thank you. Keep us posted on Butters, please.

  59. Wishing Butters all the best! Perhaps some pet probiotics can help? When immune systems are compromised, and antibiotics are used (which kills both the good and the bad intestinal flora), probiotics are a natural follow-up for humans and pets to get gut flora in balance. This may be what Butters needs. I love shopping online at Only Natural Pet for our Bombay kitties, Chung-Ah. They do carry probiotics for pets and they offer product reviews by customers. Worth a try to get the good bugs to battle it out with the bad bugs. Perhaps talk this over with your vet. Meanwhile, this Shrimp Cobb Salad of yours looks phenomenally good! Thinking of your sweet Butters. xoxo

  60. I’m so sorry Butters isn’t feeling well! This salad, though, looks amazing!

  61. Such a gorgeous salad. This is YOUR signature. The lighting, styling, food itself, just everything, is so you …and it’s beautiful!!!

    Butters. What an adorable little guy. Sick, yet the cute factor just reigns supreme. My heart is breaking for you all ((HUGS))

    Cabo cannot come soon enough, right!

  62. Emeril’s Essence? I will have to try this!