Localize your salad with okra and Oklahoma products

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition shares a recipe for Fried Okra Salad.

BY DAVE CATHEY Published: April 10, 2013

For today’s salad-themed coverage, the Made in Oklahoma Coalition has provided a Fried Okra Salad for spring.

As Made in Oklahoma month coverage continues, this recipe combines the simplicity of spring’s bounty with the promise of what summer has to offer.

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Fried okra salad

½ cup Hiland buttermilk

1 egg

1 (1-pound) package frozen, sliced okra OR 1 pound fresh okra, stemmed and sliced

1 (6-ounce) package Shawnee Mills corn muffin mix

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 tablespoon Granny’s Good Ol’ Fashion Bacon Drippings

1 teaspoon coarse salt

12 to 16 ounces assorted fresh salad greens

1 tomato, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

5 slices Bar-S Fully Cooked Bacon, warmed and crumbled

1/3 cup olive oil or canola oil

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

• Combine Hiland buttermilk and egg in a shallow dish. Dip okra in buttermilk, then coat in cornbread mix.

• Heat 1 tablespoon Granny’s Good Ol’ Fashion Drippings in a deep skillet. Add vegetable oil until it reaches about 2 inches up the side of the pan. Over medium-high heat, fry okra in small batches, about a minute or two on each side. (Turn once while cooking.) Let cool on paper towels. Sprinkle with coarse salt while still hot.

• Combine greens with tomato and bell pepper. Top with Bar-S bacon.

To make salad dressing, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar and sugar. Pour dressing over salad. Top with okra, and serve immediately.

SOURCE: The Made in Oklahoma Coalition

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