It was great! I fixed it for my mom and aunt. It was yummy. I did not have any buttermilk so I dipped it in an egg and a milk mixture, then dredged it in cornmeal. I had some leftover corn on the cob, so I cut it off and diced about 1/2 tsp of jalapeno pepper in the corn with a tsp. sugar, warmed it up and layered it on the bed of lettuce to give the salad some additional color. Yum I would do this again and again. So many ways to fix it.
Fried Okra Salad
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound fresh okra
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Peanut oil
- 1 head Bibb lettuce
- 1 large tomato, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium-size sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
- Lemon Dressing
- 3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- Combine cornmeal and salt. Dip okra in buttermilk; dredge in cornmeal mixture.
- Pour peanut oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or deep cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°. Fry okra, in batches, 2 minutes or until golden, turning once. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.
- Arrange lettuce leaves on a serving platter; top with tomato, onion slices, and bell pepper. Add Lemon Dressing, tossing to coat. Top with fried okra, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.
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