Southern Okra Salad

Submitted by Christi

Okay, you asked for it, you’ve got it. Okra salad. My grandmother used to make okra salad. She would gather vegetables from her garden and then make this delicious treat.

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Here are some of the goodies from my garden. Okra, heirloom tomatoes (both red and yellow) and a cucumber. What is not pictured is the red onion that I will use in this recipe (didn’t come from my garden).

Okra needs to be harvested while it is still tender (4″ – 6″). When it gets big, it is too tough. Cut the okra into 1/4 inch slices and then bread them in a mixture of cornmeal and flour (about 4 to 1). Fry the breaded okra in hot oil until golden. I like mine kind of crispy.

While the okra is frying, cut the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions into chunks. Grandmother would also add bell peppers and any other goodies she had available from the garden.

Today, I made some croutons from day old French bread by cutting them in cubes, then tossing them with olive oil and a little salt, pepper and garlic powder, then baking them at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. Cornbread croutons would also be great with this (see today’s lagniappe).

Place the tomatoes, cucumbers, onions (and any other veggies you are adding) in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the fried okra and croutons. Dress with a classic vinaigrette or zesty Italian dressing. This can be dressed with your favorite dressing if you prefer.

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Here it is. Delicious Okra Salad!

Try this yummy okra salad, then head on over to Gollum’s for some other great recipes for Foodie Friday.

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Today’s Lagnipappe: Cornbread Croutons
Yummy with the okra salad.

Cut leftover cornbread (if there is such a thing) into cubes. Toss with butter and bake at 400 degrees for around 10 minutes until crunchy and toasty.

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10 Responses to “Southern Okra Salad”

  1. Giovanna Says:

    I love okra ! Some people can’t get past it but it’s so yummy.
    Especially when it’s fried : )

  2. Jadehollow Says:

    Oh Yum Christi.. That look great.. I’ll have to try it. We’re serious okra lovers here.
    Debbie

  3. KBeau Says:

    Oh my, that sounds yummy. I’m full from dinner, and I think I could still top it off with that salad.

  4. susan Says:

    I would have to hide to make this–I can never get fried okra to the table. They eat it like popcorn while I am draining it! Cornbread croutons sound delicious–can’t believe I have never had either one–thanks

  5. Lori E Says:

    I have never had okra. Not a big item here in Canada. I might make cornbread just so I can make the croutons.

  6. Mama Says:

    Christi,
    another addition to the okra salad that I use is crisp fried bacon. In fact with the bacon it makes a good meal with cornbread and butter.

  7. jeanne Says:

    My hubby would adore this. He has a thing for fried okra. Thank you for a terrific idea
    Hugs…Jeanne

  8. Yira Says:

    Okra seems to be coming back. This is the third recipe I read about that has Okra. This looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Valerie Says:

    Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  10. darnold23 Says:

    I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it. I hope you will join in Crock Pot Wednesdays this week. Come on over and sign up with Mr. Linky. diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com

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