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Avocado Popcorn Shrimp Salad

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Since my home town is a fishing community, I grew up eating and enjoying fresh seafood. I even caught it myself. One of my most vibrant childhood memories is when I was about the age Sam is now. I was out on the Atlantic Ocean, jigging for cod with my father and his father, who was a fisherman by trade. I bragged for days to anyone who would listen that the fish I caught was bigger than anyone else’s catch that morning!

Avocado Popcorn Shrimp Salad

Fast forward to today: I still crave the satisfaction of quality seafood even though we live far from a coastal environment. It’s not just the taste — seafood is such a great healthy and lean protein alternative. Although most families don’t have it that often, some sources (like the U.S. Department of Agriculture) recommend at least two servings of seafood per week. My husband, Mike, likes all kinds of seafood as much as I do. Even Sam, who is such a picky (and sometimes impossible) eater, loves salmon as much as he loves chicken. With my hometown thousands of miles away, I’ve had to hunt to satisfy our seafood crave.

SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp

I’ve found one of the great go-to brands for frozen shrimp is SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. — with Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp, Popcorn Shrimp and Shrimp Scampi being a few of their product offerings. What’s cool about them too is that they have stated a commitment to resource management and sustainability; they strive to source wild-caught and farm-raised seafood from certified suppliers. I say if they’re committed to bringing the taste of the coast to the table, then I’m committed to eating and serving it!

Popcorn Shrimp Salad

One of my favorite lunch recipes is Popcorn Shrimp Salad. No need to fish for compliments—it is special enough to serve for company, too, and it’s great as a starter at dinner parties. Bonus: it’s quick and easy to toss together.

Avocado for Fresh Salad Recipe

Lettuce for Fresh Salad

Popcorn Shrimp for Salad


  • Toss mixed greens in a poppyseed dressing.
  • Chop avocado and cherry tomatoes.
  • Add one serving of SeaPak popcorn shrimp, prepared according to package instructions.
  • Imagine a fresh sea breeze and nosh away.

Fresh Salad with Popcorn Shrimp

Who needs to wait for a trip to the coast? Head to the frozen food aisle for SeaPak to save time, money, and indulge your taste for seafood.  And then, if you’re still hungering for a trip, enter the for a chance to win a trip to NYC for a culinary lesson with Food Network Kitchens. No fishing pole necessary.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SeaPak. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.