Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad

Hubby absolutely adores cobb salad. He’s been known to order it at restaurants over and over again. It’s no wonder he loves it, with all the eggs, avocado, bacon, and chicken. This Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad has the same vibe as your standard cobb salad, but it’s kicked up with a few of my favorite flavors.

Mexican Cobb Shrimp Salad

Cilantro, cumin, and avocado just scream Mexican flavors and they’re very prevalent in this salad. Add in a crispy crunch from the bell peppers and the familiarity of black beans, and you can see why I was drawn to this recipe. I only wish I had made this when we had a grill so I could have grilled the shrimp instead of cooking them on the stovetop.

Mexican Cobb Shrimp Salad

I made this when we were living in our apartment. Along with a grill, we didn’t have a blender or food processor. So my dressing was a bit chunkier than it would be if I had one of those appliances to make it in. Instead, I just chopped the ingredients and whisked them together.

Mexican Cobb Shrimp Salad

Hubby and I really enjoyed this salad. Actually, that’s an understatement. We loved it. And it made a HUGE amount of salad. So we were eating leftovers for a few days. For the leftovers, I put the shrimp in one container, the dressing in another, and the rest of the fixins in a third. Then you could nuke the shrimp for a bit to heat it up and stir everything together without dealing with a wilted gross leftover salad.

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Mexican Shrimp Cobb Salad

Cobb salad gets kicked up with Mexican flavors just in time for Cinco de Mayo

Ingredients:

For the Dressing
1/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
2 Tbsp fat free Greek yogurt
1 small jalapeno, seeds partially or entirely removed
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
1 tomatillo, husks removed, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt

For the Salad
2 lb cooked large shrimp, peeled
chipotle chili powder to taste
1 Tbsp lime juice
salt, to taste
1 large bunch romaine lettuce, shredded
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bell pepper (orange, red, or yellow)
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
1 seedless cucumber, diced
2 cup diced tomatoes
1 ripe hass avocado, diced

Directions:

For the Dressing
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Can be made and refrigerated up to three days in advance.

For the Shrimp
To prepare the shrimp, rinse and chop into large chunks. Toss with chipotle powder, lime juice, and salt.

For the Salad
In a small bowl, combine drained beans, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste.

On a large platter (or in a clear trifle bowl), layer the salad ingredients in the following order: lettuce, black bean mixture, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado and shrimp.

Recipe adapted from Apple a Day

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11 Responses to “Indian Spiced Chickpeas with Spinach”

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    USA Kiwi (Kylee) — February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love a good indian spiced dish – this looks great, and would be perfect to eat at lunchtime!

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    Shannon — February 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    this sounds great- so quick and full of flavor, perfect for weekday lunches! hope things are going well in cinci!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:25 am

      Thanks – things are starting to get settled here. We are closing on a house in a few weeks, so we’ll be moving again soon. Hope all is going well for you back in Boston!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I hope you are finding Ohio welcoming…even though it’s cold! These chickpeas seem like the perfect dish to help you feel warm and cozy.

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      Thanks! We are finding Ohio welcoming. Everyone here is so nice (even if they can’t merge in to traffic to save their life…)

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — February 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Chick peas and spinach – always make for a delicious and hearty meal! Definitely a good choice.

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    gerry — February 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Is there a substitute for garam masala?

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      Garam Masala has a unique flavor, but it is made from a combination of other spices so I’m sure you could find a substitute on the internet somewhere…

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    Julia — March 9, 2013 at 2:42 am

    This is the perfect go-to recipe for a busy lifestyle…healthful, tasty and so easy to throw together! I hope things settle down for you and your hubs and your place begins feeling more warm and cozy! Meanwhile, you have a delicious satisfying recipe to comfort you!

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Oh yum, this looks so warming and delicious!

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