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Homemade Haight Ashbury Sandwich

This homemade Haight Ashbury sandwich inspired by Serendipity 3 is a breeze to make at home and tastes just as delicious. No need to travel to NYC when it can happen in your kitchen.

Homemade Haight Ashbury by Nutmeg Nanny

Whats a Haight-Ashbury? It’s a sandwich from the NYC restaurant Serendipity 3. You know, the place that has the frozen hot chocolate.  It also had a staring role in the 2001 romantic comedy “Serendipity” – which I saw in the movie theater…and loved.  I have a thing for romantic comedies. No matter how cheesy, predictable or unreal they may seem I can’t help but love them.  Yep, it’s true, I’m that girl.

Now that you know the Haight-Ashbury is a sandwich I guess I should now tell you whats in it and why I love it soooooo very much.  It starts out with delicious raisin pumpernickel bread, a smear of Russian dressing, some delicious sliced turkey, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, melted muenster cheese and sliced avocado.  Now if you are thinking “that sounds gross” don’t judge because you have no idea how delicious it really is. It’s not gross. I can guarantee you that. Everyone of my friends who have made that statement completely changed their tune when they tasted a bite of this sandwich. Trust me….ok?

Since yesterday was a lazy Sunday I decided to make this sandwich at home and it turned out amazing. I left off the sliced tomato and melted muenster because I was out of both but the sandwich was still amazing.  To be honest I usually order the sandwich without cheese anyway. I’m weird about cheese on sandwiches. Unless it’s a warm sandwich I don’t like cheese. I know. I’m weird.  I also decided to make my own Russian dressing because I was not about to buy the huge bottle that my store stocked. I do not need that much Russian dressing in my house.  I have no idea how “authentic” the dressing recipe was but it tasted good.  In the end that’s all that really matters…right? 🙂

Homemade Haight Ashbury by Nutmeg Nanny


Homemade Haight Ashbury Sandwich

This famous sandwich by Serendipity 3 is a breeze to make at home and tastes just as delicious. No need to travel to NYC when it can happen in your kitchen.

Yield: 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


For sandwich:

  • Raisin pumpernickel bread
  • Russian dressing (recipe to follow)
  • 6 slices smoked peppered turkey - I used Boars Head
  • Alfalfa sprouts (I used a alfalfa and clover sprout mix)
  • 1 slice muenster cheese.
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 4 slices avocado

For Russian dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated horseradish, drained
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced onion
  • Hot sauce, couple dashes (optional)

Source: Inspired by Serendipity 3 Restaurant


For sandwich:

Smear Russian dressing on one side of both slices of raisin pumpernickel bread. The amount is up to you. I prefer just enough to moisten the bread but if you prefer more then go for it.

Add sliced turkey and alfalfa sprouts. If using cheese, add cheese and melt slightly in toaster oven. Once melted add tomato and sliced avocado.

Top with other piece of bread and enjoy.

For dressing:

Add ingredients together and stir until combined. This makes enough dressing for about 4 sandwiches.



About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...


Thursday 7th of April 2011

Love this sandwich from Serendipity 3! Where does one find raisin pumpernickel though??


Thursday 7th of April 2011

I found raisin pumpernickel in the bakery department of my normal grocery store.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2011

My daughters and I have been to this NY restaurant also. This is our favorite sandwich. It is awesome !!!! I will be making them also !!! Thanks for the recipe.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Thursday 27th of January 2011

Ohh... I love avocado. I bet I would LOVE this sandwich. Plus, the name is super fun :)


Wednesday 26th of January 2011

that doesn't sound gross at all; in fact, it sounds deliciously sophisticated and healthy!

5 Star Foodie

Tuesday 25th of January 2011

This sounds like an awesome sandwich, I love the avocados and the sprouts here, yum!


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