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Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad

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Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad is a beautifully layered salad with shrimp, avocados, grilled corn, black bean salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese.

Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad in a trifle dish.

Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad

This is delicious Mexican inspired shrimp cobb salad is served in layers in a glass trifle dish. It’s layered with shrimp, cheese, avocado, black bean corn salad, cucumbers and lettuce which pairs great with Avocado Buttermilk Dressing or creamy cilantro tomatillo dressing. You may also like this Lobster Cobb or see my other shrimp recipes for dinner ideas!

Shrimp Cobb Salad with avocados, grilled corn, black bean salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese.

Because there is no cooking involved, this makes a perfect summer potluck dish and the presentation is beautiful. You can bring the trifle dish to a party and give it as a hostess gift! If you don’t have a trifle dish, you could always layer this in a large platter in neat rows.

As a main course salad this would be more than enough for 6 people, if you are bringing this to a party where it will be eaten as a side, this would serve 8 to 10.


  • Use grilled or shredded chicken in place of shrimp.
  • To make this as a meal prep lunch, divide and layer the ingredients in mason jars or meal prep jars.
  • For a simple dressing, make a lime vinaigrette by combine olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.
Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad is a beautifully layered salad with shrimp, avocados, grilled corn, black bean salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese. Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad is a beautifully layered salad with shrimp, avocados, grilled corn, black bean salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese.

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Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad

5 from 9 votes
Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad is a beautifully layered salad with shrimp, avocados, grilled corn, black bean salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad in a trifle dish.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings
Serving Size: 2 cups


  • trifle dish


For the Shrimp:

For the Salad:

  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 15 oz black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup grilled corn kernels, I used Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn
  • 2 tbsp red onion, divided
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 1 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 ripe hass avocado, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat Sargento Mexican Blend shredded cheese


  • Rinse shrimp and chop into large chunks. Toss shrimp with a little salt, chipotle chili pepper, and fresh lime juice.
  • Combine drained beans, corn, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste.
  • In a large glass trifle dish or clear bowl, layer salad ingredients starting with the lettuce, black bean mixture, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, cheese and shrimp on top.
  • Serve with your favorite dressing such as Avocado Buttermilk Dressing on the side.

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Use your favorite dressing, such as Avocado Buttermilk Dressing on the side.


Serving: 2 cups, Calories: 267.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Protein: 28 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 157.5 mg, Sodium: 578.5 mg, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 4 g


Photo Credit: Jess Larson

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127 comments on “Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad”

  1. This was delicious and the dressing was a great. I will make this again but the prep work took forever. Not good for a weeknight unless you use shortcuts (prewashed greens, no fresh corn, commercial dressing, pre-cooked shrimp, etc). Either that or prep some of it ahead of time. A keeper. That said I will make it again. Not sure why it’s called Cobb salad because that normally has bacon, egg and blue cheese.

  2. This was delicious! I cut this recipe in half for my husband and me and we both loved it. I think it will be in regular rotation as the weather warms up.

  3. How do you make the lime vinaigrette dressing? Would you make it the same as your lemon vinaigrette but substitute the lime instead?

  4. I love this salad and it is so beautiful to look at… I sauteed my shrimp in garlic & butter, lime and tajin seasoning, then let it cool while I chopped up the ingredients and OMG was this a winner! We will definitely be having this salad again❤❤❤ Thanks Gina!

  5. I made this for a dinner party. Everyone loved it. I usually have left overs, but not this time. Easy to make, great for the summer (I live in Phoenix), healthy and visually beautiful. Everyone left with the recipe link.

  6. Loved this! Bought a salsa verde avocado dressing that was tasty and very similar to your tomatillo dressing. I kept the lettuce seperate because my kids aren’t fans. I put theirs in pitas and they goobbled it right up!

  7. Recipe looks great! Why does it say to divide the red onion? And what is on top of the shrimp in the picture, chives? Thanks!

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    Randee Donovan

    Looks fantastic! Perfect summer dinner!

    And where did you get your trifle dish? I love its lines!

  9. Hello. How do guests dish salad out of that deep bowl, in front of other guests, and get a sample of all the ingredients and not look awkward? Thank you. 

  10. I would love to make this but, sadly, I don’t have a trifle dish yet. Perfect excuse to order one! What size dish does this recipe fill?

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    Reginald Riggins

    Thanks for the recipe. Just made a batch for the first time today. Love seeing the many inspirational dishes you post out here. 

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    Barbara Lester

    So dellcious! I brought this to a party and it was spectacular. Next time I would grill the shrimp a bit before serving and possibly add some crumbled bacon (if I didn’t mind the extra calories).

  14. This is the GREATEST salad on earth. It is. If you don’t believe me- make it. I have made this for my husband as well as my girlfriends. And everyone has always loved it and requested the recipe. LOVE!!!

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    Melissa Hewitt

    Could this be made the night before and still taste good? Want to do for Mother’s Day but I’m not lifting a finger on Sunday lol

  16. Gina, wondering if your Famous Santa Fe Chicken would be a good sub for the shrimp ?  Love your recipes, need more Instant Pot recipes. Thank you !

  17. This salad is AWESOME! I just made it along with the Avocado and Cilantro Buttermilk dressing and had a big plate….DELISH! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  18. This salad looks delicious! I'm going to make it with chicken for our next family bbq! Thanks Gina for all the great recipes!

  19. Made this for a coworker's going away party and it received RAVE reviews! So easy and portable! I just put everything into ziplock bags and laid it out 5 minutes before serving. The only change was that I didn't have chili powder so I used trusty Tandoori and greek yogurt instead on the shrimp. Thanks so much for your blog and your efforts! 5 coworkers are now exploring it 🙂

  20. WOW! Made it for 3 adults&3kids(all very picky!!) Everyone loved it! Several of them say they wont eat avocado, so I only put it on half of the salad, but I threw the other half into the dressing. The last of the dressing that didnt get portioned onto the salad was scooped up with tortilla chips like a dip by those same professed avocado haters!

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    Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

    I have featured this recipe on my blog for my weekly seafood round-up and have linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site. Thank you for allowing me to share! Here is the link:

  22. Love your blog! I'llll make this on Sunday for family dinner. My son returns from the Philippines this week where he was a missionary for two years. He loves shrimp. Thank you for so many healthy and yummy recipes!

  23. Right on the money again, Gina! How do you always delive just what I need? Did I miss why the red onions divided! I only put it in with the beans. Delicious!

  24. How do you keep the avocado from browning? I would love to take this to a bbq but not sure if I should assemble there? Any thoughts?

  25. This is the best summer salad EVER!!! I will make this over and over again. I loved it! I am not a fan of cilantro at all so ended up doing a different dressing – actually made this for company and used purchased several different dressings at the store, but found the best one with this was a Lite Southwestern ranch. DELISH! I have taken the black bean mixture and made that separately as just a salad to bring to work for lunches. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! I especially like the idea of taking to pot lucks and leaving the trifle bowl as a hostess gift.

    1. I had a hard time finding it also, there is a link at the top where she mentions what dressing she use's

  26. This looks awesome, but will make it without the cucumber and corn, as I am allergic to both…thanks!

  27. This was amazing. I left out the cheese only because I forgot but I think for as great as it was without it I wouldn't add it next time. I made a cilantro & avacado ranch using the hidden valley ranch packet, skim milk & light mayo. Perfect!

  28. I made this for lunch today. My husband and I loved it! Love the dressing putting on my chicken enchiladas for supper this evening. Will definately be making this again.

  29. I made this today and I must declare, you are a freaking genius!!!!!! Love, love, love this site!

  30. This is such an amazing looking salad- I have recently transitioned to vegetarianism (I still eat seafood) and this salad just screamed to me. I made the dressing a few hours before the rest of the salad to give it time to chill. I will be making the salad shortly, and adding black olives, and crispy onion strings on top. Cannot wait to eat it. Thanks for the great recipes, you are so creative and I look forward to trying many more!

  31. Loved loved loved this the dressing is amazing! My family ate it all up!!! So beautiful and delicious

  32. How fortunate to have been introduced to Skinnytaste here in Australia by my lovely Canadian work colleague. I love everything about the website – photography, points, Gina's commentaries, nutritional facts and the multitude of delicious and healthy recipes. Thank you Gina for your comprehensive, sensible and refreshing website.

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    I am chowing down on this as I type and I have to say this is the BEST salad I have EVER tasted. OMG this recipe makes dieting and eating salads regularly easier and way tastier. And I am eating this WITHOUT the dressing. Just added salt and DELICIOUS

  34. i made this tonight, but not exactly the same. I didn't have any corn or black beans so it was lettuce, shrimp, cilantro, onion, lime, and cucumber. I also added a red bell pepper. I made the tomatillo dressing too. Both were super good. Really fresh, easy, and low point!

  35. I made this for a girls night and everyone loved it! I made the dressing too, which was also a hit! Thanks for another great recipe!

  36. Do you know what the calories would be if I used chicken instead? And how much chicken I should use? My hubby doesn't do seafood 🙁

  37. This looks delicious!! Do you have another one of your salad dressings that you would suggest for it though?? I cant do spicy.

  38. thanks for the wonderful recipe! you are heaven sent i actually made it yesterday for my daughter's birthday. I also did as well the cilantro dressing. We all did enjoyed this healty salad. Now, everybody want your recipe and i must give your link to all of my friend. thanks again for the recipe i will definitely re-make it again 🙂

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    Awesome website, I follow you on facebook Great low fat recipe ideas. I will use the prawn salad 🙂

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    This Is How I Made It

    This was delicious! I made it for my book club last night and everyone loved it! The creamy dressing was amazing. I am using it for just a dip for shrimp as well!

  41. We had this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit! I didn't layer it all pretty like you did, but I love that idea for guests. I'll definitely be making this again and again. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  42. I just made this for my family tonight! Huge hit! I also made the cilantro dressing with it and it was perfect! Great recipe! Thanks!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    You could substitute a regular tomato for tomatillo.

    Lauren- any changes to recipes would have to be re-calculated on your own. Sorry I wish I had more time!

    Martha, let me know how you like it!

    Thanks Mrs fawhittaker – Yes, that's cilantro mixed in with the beans.

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    I'm new to your blog and love it. Thank you so much for your efforts. Do I see some cilantro on the 5th photo?

  45. This recipes looks delicious. I love quick easy healthy recipes using shrimp. You make everything look so delicious. Can't wait to give this salad a try.

  46. What would the point value be if you substituted chicken for the shrimp and left out the avocado (not a fan)? Can't wait to try it, this looks sooo yummy!

  47. hi tina .I am definitely going to make this wonderful salad. For dressing , can I substitute the tomatillo with other option?

  48. This was DELICIOUS!! We had this tonight for dinner and I'm eating the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. My sister introduced me to your blog only 3 days ago, and we have tried something everyday since. I don't usually follow blogs, but I am a follower of yours indefinitely. Thanks!

  49. Any chance you'll eventually do a cookbook? Your pictures and recipes are AMAZING!! I know they are all right here but I love to curl up w/a good cookbook and flip through it.

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes – you make eating healthy enjoyable.

  50. This is what's for supper tonight! Looks light and refreshing for a hot summer's day. Thanks! Deb

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    This really couldn't be any easier, and on a hot summer day, this makes a wonderful meal!

  52. This looks great and so easy too make. I especially like that you have pictures with the recipes. They make the recipes so easy to follow…helps me to know what exactly to do and how finished recipe should look.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Gorgeous, healthy, light, perfect! I am definitely going to make this salad :).

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    Ms Journalist

    OMG, that looks so good!!!! Gina, your recipes blow me away, my mouth is watering. Think I'm gonna have to go buy some shrimp to make this tonight!

  55. Yum, yum, YUM! This looks fantastic! I've been looking for new summery shrimp recipes. I think we'll be having this for dinner over the weekend. Thank you!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Lauryn- you are welcome!

    Julia, lol that's the 3D lens!

    Kitchen with Kate – Tropical shrimp sounds interesting too!

    Jessica, thank you! I only post the best ones!!

  57. Mmmmm, this looks sooo good! I plan on making this very soon! I discovered your website two weeks ago and I am HOOKED!! I have made over half a dozen recipes, and I have one in the crock pot right now (chicken ropa vieja) and they have all been fantastic.

    I usually hate cooking for a few reasons 1) I don't like to clean up the mess 2) the food never comes out as good as I had hoped so I feel like I wasted alot of time for something not worth it…. Your website has eliminated that 2nd reason for me, each recipe I have tried has exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much!

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    Kitchen with Kate

    This looks amazing! I was planning to make a tropical shrimp salad tonight but have all of these ingredients too, not sure what to do now! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Julia of Julia'sHealthyItalian

    Ok, Gina. What technique are you using in ur fotos to make them 3D ?!?! The food is jumping off the screen into my mouth. I need to eat this now!

  60. This looks fantastic! I think I'll serve this at my daughters birthday party where we will be BBQ'ing… this will compliment the other food beautifully! I can't wait now!!

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    Lauryn @ Healthy Eating on a Dime

    This looks wonderful! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the consistently delicious recipes.

  62. This looks SO tasty. The dressing sounds like it would be awesome with it as well. I will definitely be storing this recipe for good use.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Yes Olga, I do love my trifle dish!! Might use it again next week 🙂

    Samantha, thanks for sharing! I think the shrimp makes the dish but if anyone is vegetarian you could leave out the shrimp and increase the avocado and cucumbers!

  64. Just wanted to add–I did the points for the salad w/out the shrimp and avocado (I'm making Gina's guacamole) and for 6 servings it came out to 3 PP.

    So, Gina's Carnitas (in a 1 PP wheat tortilla), Guacamole and Mexican Cobb salad all for 12 PP! Thanks for helping to plan a get together with friends, Gina!!

  65. I came to your site to find something to go with a pork carnita recipe I am going to try this weekend. I'll minus the shrimp and this will fit the bill! Hubby won't eat it because of the beans (he can be sooo picky!) but my guests will eat it and so will I and he can be jealous!!

  66. This looks GLORIOUS. I cannot wait to make this for our cookout this weekend! Thanks so much for posting!

  67. I am always on the look-out for fresh, healthy ingredients with a lot of flavors… and this looks perfect! I will be putting this in my meal plan for next week!! Thanks!!