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Coastal Cobb Salad

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Active time 15 mins
Total time 25 mins

Serves 8

Layered salads are great for entertaining—and this one is no different. It uses shrimp in place of the classic bacon for a cobb salad that's a little brighter, fresher, and perfect for the beach or any summer gathering. If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own by thinning yogurt with a little bit of milk (or water in a pinch). You can assemble the salad up to eight hours in advance, making sure to keep the dressing separate until you're ready to serve. 


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ounce crumbled blue cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups diced cucumbers
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, quartered
  • 1/2 cup whole, pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

How to Make It

  1. Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

  2. Add shrimp to boiling water; cook just until shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Drain well, and immediately place shrimp in ice water bath. Drain again, and pat shrimp dry with clean kitchen towels.

  3. Stir together sour cream, olive oil, buttermilk, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl; stir in crumbled blue cheese.

  4. Layer romaine, tomatoes, red cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, and avocado in a 4-quart trifle dish. Spoon dressing over top. Arrange cooked shrimp in the center; place eggs and olives around shrimp. Sprinkle with parsley.