A simple salad for any time of year! Enjoy this Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad made with layers of veggies, shrimp, and topped with Thousand Island Dressing!

Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

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Friends, we’re already talking holidays, are you? We already have our guest list for Thanksgiving, and I can’t believe I’m thinking about the menu already. Some of my favorite fall and Thanksgiving dishes are salads! 

Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

I always cook a standard Thanksgiving menu, but try to throw in a new salad or two each year.

So today I think you’ll love my spin on a classic shrimp salad. :)

How to make a layered salad

  1. All you need for this salad is lettuce, baby shrimp, and cocktail sauce.
  2. Layer in the black olives, red onion, and tomatoes.
  3. Top with soft cooked eggs, and my favorite (yum) Thousand Island Dressing. Did you know I have a delicious recipe here on my blog! Try this Best Thousand Island Dressing if you want to make your own!
  4. Final touches are sliced avocado, and fresh chopped parsley, with a little cracked pepper!


This year, there’s a change in the air. Our middle son has moved to China, so it’s left us with a new dynamic in the home (and a mama’s heart missing her son!) 

We’re happy he did not take Alder the Whoodle with him. :)

family - kids 2019 Alder the Whoodle

Maybe it’s the change under our roof, or the fact that my fingers are flying here to write this post today, but I say bring on the holidays.

BEST Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

This Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad is a spin on the standard Shrimp Cocktail appetizer, but served in a beautiful parfait salad bowl, with fresh garden ingredients.

2 ways to serve this salad

There are two ways to serve a layered salad.

  1. Leave it in the dish and let people serve themselves (yes, this is very messy, and not well distributed).
  2. Right before serving (easy to bring to a party, and pretty, too), dump in a large bowl; toss before serving. Serve with salad tongs!

EASY Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad
Either way, the flavors are YUM for fall and entertaining this season! Or, if you like the standard Seven Layer Salad, you can try my friend Mary’s recipe.

Tasty Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

Holiday potluck dish

There are so many ways to gather this holiday season! There are so many reasons to gather, too. And when we don’t get together with our loved ones, sometimes that’s when we might need it the most.

The BEST Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

So bring this to your next party or potluck and enjoy!

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Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 1 1/2 medium head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 pounds baby shrimp, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 cup cocktail sauce
  • 3.8 oz can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 small chopped red onion
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 4 boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Fresh cracked pepper


  • Mix together the shrimp and cocktail sauce in advance and allow to drain (push the liquid out).
  • In a parfait dish, lay down 1/2 of the lettuce, then half of the shrimp mixture.
  • Then layer the olives, onion, more lettuce, and tomatoes.
  • Add more of the remaining shrimp, and arrange the eggs, dressing (in the middle), and avocado.
  • Garnish with parsley and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
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Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad Recipe