Un-tossed Cobb Salad

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4 servings

Un-tossed Cobb Salad

Arranging the various elements of this salad on a platter makes for a more kid-friendly presentation than something that's all mixed up. Don't like red onions? They're easy to avoid. Don't like shrimp? Use 2 cups (500 mL) chopped, cooked chicken or turkey instead.


  • 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 strips smoked bacon
  • 454 g large fresh shrimps , peeled and deveined, or frozen shrimp, thawed (don't use precooked type)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 2 avocados , peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 red onion , sliced
  • 1 head Boston lettuce , washed and dried
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese , or blue cheese (optional)


  • In a bowl, whisk together mustard, lemon juice, dill, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon, turning occasionally, until crispy — about 8 minutes. Use tongs to transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate; let cool and crumble.
  • Drain all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the bacon fat from skillet and cook shrimp until golden and cooked through — about 2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and let cool.
  • Arrange the shrimp in one section of a large platter. Do the same with the tomatoes, avocado, red onion, lettuce, crumbled bacon and cheese. Serve with dressing on the side.