Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shrimp Cobb Salad With Light Buttermilk Dressing

I know I've done a chicken Cobb salad in the past (Click here for Cobb Salad (Jo's Version) With Avocado Garlic Dressing) but this one is different enough that it needs its own post. 
Cobb salads are a fantabulous idea when you are looking for something healthy, hearty, and filling. I mean... it's a salad (can't get much more healthy than that) and it's got egg, shrimp, bacon, avocado.... all sorts of of yummy things that also happen to be pretty darn filling.
The buttermilk dressing only takes 2 seconds to whip up and is SO SO SO good. I'm definitely adding this to my favorite dressings list. 
According to Myfitnesspal, one serving of this (recipe makes 4 servings) is:
Salad - 400 calories, 21 carbs, 24 fat, 30 protein, 7 fiber
Dressing (2 Tbsp) - 43 calories, 2 carbs, 3 fat, 1 protein, 0 fiber. 
All together = 443 calories, 23 carbs, 27 fat, 31 protein, 7 fiber.
Feel free to change up the veggies according to your own taste, just keep in mind that it will change the nutritional counts.

Shrimp Cobb Salad With Light Buttermilk Dressing

Light Buttermilk Dressing
1/2 cup light mayo
1/4 cup 0 fat, plain, Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
sprinkle salt & pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 pkg Stevia (or other sugar replacement)
1/2 cup 1% buttermilk

16 cups baby spinach/lettuce mix 
8 slices bacon, cooked and diced
24 grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium cucumber, diced
32 shrimp, cooked
4 boiled eggs, diced
3/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1 medium avocado, diced

8 Tbsp light feta, crumbled

Prepare the dressing - In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients EXCEPT buttermilk. When smooth, slowly whisk in the buttermilk, a little at a time, until all of it is incorporated.

Chill until ready to use.
Prepare salad - Place 4 cups of the mixed greens on a serving plate. Place 1/4 of the rest of the ingredients, in lines across the top of the greens, in order of the ingredient list. (2 slices of the chopped bacon, 6 halved grape tomatoes, 1/4 of the cucumber, 8 of the shrimp, 1 chopped egg, scant 1/4 cup of the onions, and 1/4 of the chopped avocado.) 
Repeat 4 more times.

Sprinkle each plate with 2 Tbsp of the crumbled feta.

Lastly, drizzle each plate with 2 Tbsp of the light buttermilk dressing.

Serve immediately.
Note - the dressing make about 1 cup's worth. You will have some left over because you are only using about 1/2 cup to make the 4 salads. Use it as a veggie dip or on your own favorite salad. 
It's sooooo tasty! (Plus only 43 calories for 2 Tbsp. Yay!) Again, feel free to use more on the salads but it will affect the nutritional counts.
You can also toss this all together in a large mixing bowl but it won't look quite as fancy. :)
FYI - The dressing improves if it has time to sit so the flavors can blend BUT it is also good if you make it and use it right away. The first time I made it, I prepared it at the same time as the salad. The second time I made it a few hours ahead. It was definitely a much stronger flavor after it had sat. 


  1. Fabulous presentation, guys! Love your salad soooo much. Cheers from Carole's chatter

  2. Your recipe for Shrimp cobb salad with buttermilk dressing is making my mouth water. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  3. Thanks for bringing this on over. On my shortlist for a feature. Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

  4. Hi!
    I know Kathy. That photo of the soft pretzel looks amazing. Congrats on all these page views. Welcome to the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party. Thank you for linking up with us. I'm Janice, one of your hostesses.

  5. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. I cannot get enough salads this time of year and this one looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. Congratulations! Your delicious cobb salad has been featured on our Simple Supper Linky Party! Nettie LINK: