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Crunchy & Delectable Fried Okra Salad

Updated on April 25, 2013
Crunchy & Delectable Fried Okra Salad
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When in Rome ... or the South

Having been born and raised on the west coast, the only association I ever had with okra was in Campbell's Chicken Gumbo soup and even then, if you had asked me what those slimy green slices of vegetable matter were, I would not have been able to tell you.

Then I moved to Texas. Well, let me tell you, every restaurant we visited, from Uncle Len's Catfish House (sadly, no longer here - burned down in 2004 and never rebuilt) and Dyers Barbecue to Golden Chick, had fried okra on the menu and I quickly became a fan.

Some people don't like the fact that it can be a bit slimy. To my mind, if you like eggplant, you will like okra's distinctive flavor and texture.

What I love about this recipe, aside from being colorful and tasty, is that it can be tweaked to suit you. If you are a vegetarian, omit the bacon. Add fresh herbs of your choice or change up the vinegar flavors - it works equally and wonderfully well with apple cider, red wine, or balsamic vinegars.

A (very) little about okra ...

Okra is not native to the United States. It is thought to be of African origin and in the same family as cotton and hibiscus. It is available year round in the South and can be purchased fresh, breaded and frozen, canned, and pickled. If you purchase it fresh, use it within 2 to 3 days or blanch and freeze for up to 12 months.

Fresh okra
Fresh okra
Salad fixins
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8 to 10 servings

'Frying' Bacon in the Oven

The length of preparation depends entirely on if you use or how you choose to cook the bacon. If you fry on top of the stove it will take extra time, but I heartily recommend oven cooking.


Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil (helps with clean up!). Arrange bacon slices in rows - do not overcrowd. Place pan in cold oven and turn on to 400°. Cook for 20 minutes without disturbing.

Best and easiest way I know ... and while it's cooking you can slice and dice your veg!

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1½ pound bag okra, breaded & frozen
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped - a bunch of green onions would work, too
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, (optional) seeded & chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
Frying, Seeding, Dicing, & Crumbling
Frying, Seeding, Dicing, & Crumbling | Source
  1. Fry okra in vegetable oil according to package directions, drain on paper towels. I have found you get the best results when frying in small batches.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine okra, tomatoes, bell pepper, green onions and bacon.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine oil, sugar and vinegar. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Pour over okra mixture, tossing gently to coat.
  4. Serve immediately.
Start & Finish
Start & Finish | Source
Salad is Served!
Salad is Served! | Source

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I love bacon, Peggy ... and this recipe certainly benefits from the crumbly addition. I honestly believe it would be just as good without - at least, that's what my vegetarian daughter tells me!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Growing up as a child in Wisconsin, we never had okra but. like you, we were introduced to it in the south. Now I like it served all kinds of ways. This fried okra salad of yours sounds good and certainly different. Will be giving this a try. Thanks for your recipe...and yes, everything is better with bacon. Ha! Up and useful votes.

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Thanks so much, Eddy. Hope you are having a lovely day!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great recipe Annie and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Thank you, Vacation Trip!

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      Yummy Salad. This looks so delicious. Thanks Annie for sharing. Voted up.

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I love salad too, peachpurple. Thank you so much for stopping and commenting.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      delicious okra salad. I just love salad. Voted up

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Thanks for your sweet comment, My Cook Book!

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      Dil Vil 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Annie for the delicious recipe. It sounds awesome, i will try it. Thanks again for the good share!

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      prettynutjob, this is definitely worth a try!

      Usually, if there are vegetables involved, we have plenty of leftovers. This is one of those rare dishes that Mr Miller really likes enough to eat more than one time a day!

      kidscrafts, the frozen, breaded okra makes this recipe a lot easier. Just follow package directions - hot oil, don't crowd the pan. I have wondered, and may try next time, lightly spraying a baking pan with oil and baking them at high heat.

      If you try this, let me know!

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I tried some okra once and it was not a success :-( Usually, I am a good cook so it sadden me that I didn't succeed with that recipe... so since than, I didn't dare try anything with okra!

      If I am courageous enough I will try your recipe Annie!

      Thanks for sharing :-)

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      Jim Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Fried okra salad is simply a picnic in a bowl. The combination of flavors is fantastic from that still warm first toss through to the final chilled serving, assuming you have made enough to last in the fridge until the following day.

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      Mary 5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great recipe hub, voted up, more and shared. I loved fried okra but never thought of making it into a salad. Yummy!!!!! I will have to give this recipe a try.

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Marcy, I love okra, too. Thank you for your comment.

      If I hadn't moved south I may never have been exposed to this lovely vegetable, truthfornow! This recipe is so good - even leftover!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love fried okra. People not from the south don't understand how delicious okra is. I never thought about making a salad like this, and I will have to give this a try. Voted up.

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Jackie, it is indeed a delicious recipe. Thanks so much for your comment.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh, man - what a great idea! I need to do this one. I love okra. Either you live it, or you hate it. I'm in the Love It camp.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love okra fried and I just know this will be delicious. I will have it soon, thank you!

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      Annie Miller 5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I'm with you, Bill. I think I may remember jokes about okra when I was younger and a resident of Washington state. I put the brief description and photo up for those of us who had never heard of it.

      If you've never tried it, this is probably one of the best ways to test it out ... that may be because of the bacon ~ˬ•

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I gotta tell ya, Annie, I have never had okra. Never even seen it. That will tell you how close I have been to the Deep South. Having said that, I would try this recipe, and that is coming from a pretty picky eater. :)

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