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5 from 9 votes

Fried Okra Salad

Fried Okra Salad balances the deep fried food in a healthy salad.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American


Okra Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • large pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. okra cut into 1/2" pieces

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 cup purple mizuna firmly packed
  • 1/2 a head oak tree lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet pea shoots
  • 1 chopped tomato

Dressing Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lemon basil pesto
  • 1/3 cup black pepper mayonnaise


  • In a bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Add the pinch of salt and beat well until thoroughly combined.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, herbs and spices. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
  • Heat a deep pot with enough oil for deep frying.
  • Put okra pieces in the buttermilk combination. Remove a few at a time and toss in the flour mix. Add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.
  • To make dressing, combine pesto and mayonnaise. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • To make salad, toss all greens and tomato in a large bowl. Toss well. Add a few tablespoons of the dressing. Toss well. Add more, if desired. Add the fried okra on top.


Salad ingredients listed above are for 2 portions.
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