Shrimp and Calamari

Image Courtesy Grace Hallenbeck

Here is a refreshing salad for the summer!  Mom always made it at Christmas time, but I like it any time of the year.  It truly is refreshing.  I hope you will enjoy this.  Try it and let us know what you think!


  • 2 pounds Shrimp, Steamed, peeled, cooled (no seasoning)
  • 1.5 pounds Calamari (squid) Rings (and Tentacles if they don’t gross you out—they are sweeter than the rings!), steamed, cooled
  • 2 Medium or 1-1/2 large Onions, sliced very thin
  • 5 or 6 Stalks Celery (my stalks were each about 9” long), chopped on the smaller size
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (essential) (taste after salad is made, may add ½ teaspoon additional salt)
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ head Lettuce


  • Cut the shrimp in half if they are large
  • Separate the pieces of onions from the slices

In a large bowl with a lid:

  • Add all ingredients
  • Toss (do this by putting the lid on and rolling and gently turning over the bowl several times)
  • Cover, Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours

When ready to serve, add chopped lettuce (essential to avoid wilt, which will make salad mushy)

Note:  I like to chill overnight before serving.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!