Garden Salad with Fried Okra Croutons

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Garden Salad with Fried Okra Croutons Garden Salad with Fried Okra Croutons Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 2 to 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Balsamic Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Fried Okra Croutons:

3 cups okra, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Buttermilk, to coat
Salt and pepper
Flour, to coat
Vegetable oil, for frying


3 cups baby spinach
2 cups shredded, iceberg lettuce
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Red bell pepper, sliced
Yellow bell pepper, sliced
Vidalia onion, thinly sliced


For the balsamic dressing: In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, mustard, zest, garlic and lemon juice. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

For the fried okra: Add okra pieces to a medium bowl. Drizzle just enough buttermilk to coat the okra and toss together. Season with salt and pepper. To a separate bowl, add flour. Drain the okra and add to the flour bowl, toss the okra to coat each piece with flour. Shake off any excess flour. Fry at 350 degrees F until golden brown, for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to paper-towel lined plate to drain.

For the salad: In a large bowl, combine the baby spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. Toss with the balsamic dressing and top with the fried okra croutons.

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Paula can you use frozen oral to fry if you can't get fresh. Thank you.

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By Rosemary Otte on July 12, 2013


Just returned to GA after living decades in SoCal. Oh,oh,oh--my Aunt Mag's fried okra. As croutons even! Can't wait to try this delightful meal. Thanks home-girl!

By Patricia Dowdy on July 12, 2013

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