1poundlarge or jumbo shrimpthawed, peeled, and deveined
1teaspoonCajun seasoningsee note 1
¼teaspoonground black pepper
For the Cobb Dressing
¼cupextra virgin olive oil
salt and pepperto taste
For the Salad
6cupsshredded romaine lettuce
½small red onionsliced thinly
¾cupsliced English cucumber or Persian cucumber
1avocadopeeled and diced
10ounces (280g)cherry tomatoessliced in half
¾cupcooked fresh corn kernels
2hard boiled eggspeeled and quartered
½cupcrumbled feta cheeseor blue cheese
In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil, add the shrimp and season with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Toss with a pair of tongs to distribute the seasoning, and cook until the shrimp is cooked through and opaque (about 4 minutes). Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. Remove into a bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl or a jar, combine the dressing ingredients and set aside (if using a jar, seal and shake to combine).
To a LARGE bowl, add the lettuce to the bottom, then lay out the rest of the ingredients in neat rows.
Right before serving, dress the salad and gently toss to combine.
Cajun Seasoning: These shrimp will be mildly spicy. Up the spice to two teaspoons for extra spicy shrimp, or leave it out for a milder version.
Yield: This salad will serve 4 as a main dish, or up to 8 as a side dish.
It's best to make a cobb salad just before you plan to serve it. You can chop and prep the lettuce and toppings and keep them in the fridge for a day or two. When you're ready to eat the salad, cook the shrimp, mix up the dressing, and start from there.
Make sure the bowl you use is big enough. You want enough room to add all of the ingredients and toss the salad before serving it. A platter is a good option as well.
Try different dressings. Ranch, Creamy blue cheese, French, or Italian dressings can all be delicious on a Cobb salad. The dressing in this recipe is a quick homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Cheese substitution. Feel free to use crumbled blue cheese instead of feta, or your favorite shredded cheese. It's best to buy a block of cheese and crumble it yourself - the texture is better.