Roasted Potato and Okra Salad

June 18, 2014 · 4 comments

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What are your thoughts on okra? Personally, I’ve always loved it. It’s a very popular vegetable in Greek cuisine (bamies, pronounced bahm-yes) and it was another one of those weird things I would eat by the bowlful as a kid, even if it wasn’t a meal time. My husband, on the other hand, not a big fan. Like most people who dislike okra, he’s not crazy about it because of its slimy nature. To be fair, he doesn’t hate it and he WILL eat it if I make it, but it’s certainly not his favorite.

Last year, I made this cornmeal-crusted okra on a few occasions and it turned Tom into a convert. It was also eaten with gusto by Zachary.  When I made this salad, I had another green vegetable on hand for the kids, because I wasn’t sure if they would like it. Sure, the okra doesn’t get as slimy when roasted as it does stewed, but I knew it wouldn’t be quite as crispy and easy to eat as the cornmeal-crusted version. Well, Zachary asked for more okra 4 times. And then the next day when I was having some leftovers, he asked for the rest of that, too. Ian ate it, too. Tom still prefers the cornmeal prep, but did enjoy this salad. So, I guess this was a hit.

Personally, I’ve never grilled okra, but my guess is you could skewer it and do so, and then grill the potatoes, too, if you wanted to try a different version of this. But, I LOVE roasted potatoes—especially fingerlings—so roasting was a no-brainer for me. We had grilled out the night before, though, and I had Tom set aside some of the corn he grilled for this salad. However, if you can’t/don’t do that, I would roast the corn as well because why bother dirtying another pot and dealing with boiling water?

The original recipe also calls for fava beans, which I don’t doubt would be great in this salad. Buuut I didn’t really notice they were supposed to be in there until 5 minutes before I started making it. I also added entire scallions instead of the white parts, like the recipe called for. Reading comprehension fail. Luckily, to no one’s detriment. :)

 

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Kate June 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

I lived in the south long enough to consider okra a regular ole vegetable like broccoli or green beans. It’s so good in soups, stews, and of course, fried!

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea June 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I have very little experience with okra. But what I have, I have liked. I hate to admit this, but I wonder if I can get it at my market. I like cooking things that are surprising. This salad would fall in that category.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

So much goodness in this salad! Yum!

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Joanne June 19, 2014 at 6:06 am

I LOVE okra, and thankfully the.boy is pretty okay with it so this salad is definitely making it into our summer rotation! Another mayo-less potato salad to add into the mix. Love it!

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