In the South, scoring fresh-picked okra at the farmers' market is as exciting as discovering the ripest heirloom tomato. In this healthy tomato salad recipe, addictive roasted okra fries add crunch to balance the creamy dressing and soft tomatoes.

Vivian Howard
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2016

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Tarragon Dressing
Okra & Tomatoes

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Whisk cheese, yogurt, mayonnaise, buttermilk, tarragon, scallion, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Add more buttermilk, if necessary, so it's thick but pourable.

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  • To prepare okra & tomatoes: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Toss okra with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet with a little space between pieces. Roast okra for 8 minutes. Gently toss and continue roasting until browned in spots, with crispy edges, 8 to 12 minutes more. Let cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle onion rounds with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread the onion rings out in the pan and cook until dark chestnut-colored in multiple spots, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate to cool.

  • Slice tomatoes into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Arrange on a serving platter or divide among 6 salad plates. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper and top with the onions and the okra fries. Drizzle with the dressing or pass it separately.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate dressing (Step 1) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 7.3g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 3.6g; fat 15.3g 24% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 7.6mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 770.8IU 15% DV; vitamin c 15.5mg 26% DV; folate 25.8mcg 7% DV; calcium 77.9mg 8% DV; iron 0.4mg 2% DV; magnesium 21.5mg 8% DV; potassium 273.1mg 8% DV; sodium 329.3mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.