Shrimp Salad Sandwich + Giveaway

We had fun with this one. The other day, we were contacted about a new website to be launched in July by Kraft Foods. A part of this new website will be an interactive map of regionally-inspired sandwiches. Adam and I were asked to create a sandwich inspired by our hometown. We both grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and now live just a few minutes outside of Washington DC, so we decided to go for a seafood sandwich that took advantage of fresh ingredients, a light dressing and a favorite of ours, Old Bay Seasoning.

We are pretty picky when it comes to shrimp salad. To us, the dressing should be simple and light, never thick or heavy. The rolls should be soft and easily squeezed just before taking a bite and there should be some sort of crunch. For this recipe, the crunch comes from bright green Boston lettuce, celery stalk and radish. We also really wanted to keep things fresh with lime, basil and celery leaves (read: celery leaves are often overlooked and under-utilized).

The recipe is found below and this sandwich will eventually be added to the interactive map over at Kraft’s new website, To celebrate, they are helping us out with a giveaway. This giveaway is now closed.

Shrimp Salad Sandwich
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Yield: 2 servings
You Will Need
  • 12 ounces cooked shrimp (21-24-sized), peeled and devained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery, 1/8-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoons seaseafood seasoning (suggested: Old Bay Seasoning)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4-6 leaves Boston lettuce (also called bibb lettuce)
  • 8 whole celery leaves
  • 6 whole basil leaves
  • 1 whole radish, 1/8-inch matchsticks
  • 2 whole multigrain rolls, split in half
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, celery and seafood seasoning. Season with additional lime juice and salt to taste.
  2. Add the shrimp and toss.
  3. Assemble the sandwich by laying 2-3 lettuce leaves onto the bottom of each roll. Next, add the shrimp salad and top with some radish, celery leaves and basil.

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46 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Brenda Andrews July 3, 2011, 10:17 am

    I signed up for emails. And all those sandwhiches sound really yummy. I’m from Corinth, MS a small town, but they have a special sandwhich called a slugburger. It’s a mix of meat and flour/meal. It comes topped with mustard, onion, and pickle. It’s on of those sandwhiches you either love it or hate it. I’m not a big fan but my hubby could eat one every day.

  • Katie July 2, 2011, 7:33 pm

    I am from Albany, NY. We have a lot of apples around here, and cheddar is big too, so I would probably do some sort of apple, cheddar and turkey panini!

  • C Williams July 2, 2011, 2:36 pm

    My idea is put everything you want or desire on it

  • Top Social Giveaways July 2, 2011, 2:17 pm

    My Hometown Inspired Sandwich is a Crawfish Po Boy – Fried crawfish on a hoagie bun with mayo, onion and tomato! (Lake Charles, La.)

  • Esme July 1, 2011, 1:23 am

    Hometown recipe-roasted peppers, with spinach, and avocado from California.

  • Elenna June 30, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Your photos are making me salivate! New York just got chose corn as the state vegetable, and we’re pretty diverse to boot… I’m thinking a corn tortilla filled with local Hudson Valley greens and meat,onion (the runner up vegetable) baked with melted local cheese on top!

  • Sassy June 30, 2011, 4:32 pm

    my ideal sandwich from my hometown is a philly cheese steak with everything on it.

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  • June Lisle June 30, 2011, 4:32 pm

    I live in New Mexico so it would have to have some green chili on it. How about a green chili and turkey sandwich. Yum.

  • Sassy June 30, 2011, 4:31 pm

    i signed up for your newsletter

    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

  • carmen June 30, 2011, 3:57 pm

    my idea for a sandwich from my hometown of Cincinnati, would be a chili cheese sandwich, complete with the sweet chili that Cincinnati is known for, smothered with cheese and a dab of mustard!

  • carmen June 30, 2011, 3:56 pm

    i signed up for your newsletter.

  • Nate @ House of Annie June 29, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Coming from Hawaii, it would have to be a sandwich with kalua pork, lomi salmon, and a poi-mayo spread.

  • Colleen B June 29, 2011, 8:56 pm

    hometown sandwhich – ham & cheese!

  • Nanayaa June 29, 2011, 12:57 pm

    How about a sardine and rice sandwich for Jerseyyy!? (:

  • Janet June 28, 2011, 3:01 pm

    I come the land of “sarnies, baps and butties” all terms for the sandwich. But my favorite sandwich growing up would be your bacon bap! A soft floury round bread roll that was so tasty bought still warm from the oven. Then grilled English bacon (this is middle cut bacon with lots of lean meat) the topper would be a lightly fried egg. As you eat into it the egg runs down your face, but it is heaven!!! You haven’t tasted a bacon bap or buttie depending where in UK you come from until you have this experience.

  • telitha June 28, 2011, 2:33 pm

    we live in the south so it has to be a pulled pork sandwich on a bun w/ a little spicy coleslaw on top- yummy!

  • Amanda B June 25, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Originally being from Oregon, my hometown sandwich would probably be a dungeness crab cake sandwich with wasabi aioli… on a poppy seed roll.

  • anash June 25, 2011, 6:23 am

    from new haven- its the wenzel!
    A famous sandwich originating from Alpha Delta in New Haven, CT. On face value it’s a buffalo chicken sub with lettuce and tomato, melted cheese, mayonnaise, and doused with hot sauce, but it’s actually SO much more.!

  • anash June 25, 2011, 6:22 am

    I subscribe via email
    Thanks for this splendid giveaway

  • Shannon June 23, 2011, 5:09 pm

    I’m from Buffalo, New York so I would do a spicy boneless chicken wing sandwich. With Rudy’s bleu cheese of course.

  • Jenni S. June 23, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Pulled-pork with cole slaw, pickles in a potato roll. Mmm.

  • Lesley M. June 23, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Here’s a hometown favorite: The horseshoe sandwich from Springfield, Illinois! The recipe varies a bit among cooks and restaurants, but it’s basically two hamburgers on two slices of toast topped with cheddar cheese sauce a ton of French fries! You have to try this at least once 🙂

    Here’s a good basic recipe for it!

  • Laura L. June 22, 2011, 11:32 pm

    I am from a small Spanish Mission town in California, so my hometown sandwich would be a mexicali torta sandwich with avocado and quesco fresco, pressed to melt the cheese. Yum!

  • Joni sellers June 22, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Well I’m originally from GA and I grew up eating BLT’s they have the best homegrown tomatoes in GA.

  • TC June 22, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Even though I’m from an old New England town near Boston, I would say that a hometown inspired sandwich would have to be something Irish inspired or something Italian inspired. Although less so now, my hometown has a large population of people who are either Irish descent or Italian descent. Maybe a sandwich with the same flavors as spaghetti alla puttanesca.

  • Louis S. June 22, 2011, 3:34 am

    Bagel, cream cheese, tomatoes, and sweet onion.

  • Meryl June 22, 2011, 3:33 am

    Pastrami on rye with deli mustard! – NYC

  • Megan June 21, 2011, 7:49 pm

    Probably roast beef – although I think cheese and tomato is waaay better!

  • Klee June 21, 2011, 6:07 pm

    I’m from the midwest, so a local sandwich would have to have beef. Roast beef on thinly sliced cornbread with tomatoes and apple butter would be ideal.

  • Danielle June 21, 2011, 9:26 am

    Hmm…maybe a burger with a few slices of Jersey tomato and grilled corn relish!

  • Jun June 21, 2011, 6:03 am

    I’m not a fan of shrimp, but this is so tempting!

  • Shumaila June 21, 2011, 2:33 am

    I am from India and I remember growing up on these delectable mint cucumber sandwiches that were made on regular milk bread that had been slathered with butter.

  • MelodyJ June 21, 2011, 12:44 am

    I think in VA it could be a barbecue sandwich one day and a fish sandwich the next. We are one the east coast so we eat alot of fish but then their’s the pork industry here too.


  • Sara June 21, 2011, 12:07 am

    I’m from LA so my sandwich would have to have to be a bacon wrapped hot dog with avocado perhaps? Mixing a downtown street cart classic with California health/vegetation

  • Andrea June 20, 2011, 8:23 pm

    I’m from Maine and Irish, so maybe a boiled dinner kind of sandwich. Thin sliced potatoes, corned beef, onions, and melted cheese on rye.

  • Kristal June 20, 2011, 5:51 pm

    A sandwich inspired by San Diego, well, that would have to be a sandwich-version of the famous Baja fish tacos, so something with lightly breaded and fried fish, a mayonaisse and yogurt based sauce with chilpotle and other spices, shredded cabbage, and and of course freshly sqeezed lime over the top.

  • Lara June 20, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Here the Boston area – I love a Thanksgiving themed sandwich – stuffing, cranberries, roasted turkey, and mashed potatoes. Mmm!

  • Pat R June 20, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Coming from Baltimore, the sandwich of choice is an Old Bay crabcake sandwich!

  • Aggie June 20, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I think I would have to make a nice grilled blackened grouper sandwich…that screams FL to me!

    This sammie looks awesome!

  • Kel June 20, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Hometown sandwich — hmmm… I think around here it could be a chicken apple sandwich with some sort of local cheese. And homemade bread.

  • Scorpio Woman June 20, 2011, 11:31 am

    A BLT is the best for the summer

  • Beverly Lynn June 20, 2011, 9:09 am

    I think you guys got it right! Anything with Old Bay screams Maryland. Maybe a good tomato sandwich in the summer perhaps with grilled chicken, perhaps not. Yum. Now I am hungry.

  • Erin June 20, 2011, 8:18 am

    While the MD girl in me loves a good grilled crabcake sandwich, the Philly girl in me will share my favorite (see: only) way to eat a Philly cheesesteak. First, it must be on a Liscio’s Bakery roll. A true Philly cheesesteak always uses Liscio’s. Then I like a little spread of mayo, the steak, provolone cheese, and shredded lettuce on top. The trick is not to put too much of any one ingredient or things get mushy. I like it this way because it keeps the grease factor down and I’m just not a cheese wiz kinda girl.


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