Okra, Sweet Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad
with Green Goddess Dressing

By Executive Chef Nicholas Walker

Chef's Table

Ingredients:

2 lb. Cherry Heirloom tomatoes

1 1/2 tsp.  Kosher salt

1 cup ¼” Diced Cucumber (peeled)

2 Ears of Yellow Sweet Corn (kernels removed from cob)

1 cup Young arugula leaves

2 cup Okra (cut in ½)

1/2 cup Buttermilk

2 cup White cornmeal

1 cup Vegetable oil

2 tbsp.  Vinaigrette

1/4 cup Green Goddess Dressing

Instructions:

Cut the tomatoes in half. Place them in a large salad bowl and season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Add the cucumbers, corn and toss lightly. Add the arugula and set aside.

Prep the okra by tossing it in a small bowl with the buttermilk. Place the cornmeal in an 8 x 10-inch or 8 x 12-inch size baking dish and season with the remaining teaspoon of salt. Lift the okra out of the buttermilk and dredge into the cornmeal and then set aside on a sheet pan.

Place a large, heavy cast-iron pan over high heat and add the vegetable oil. Bring the oil up to 325°F. and carefully add the okra to the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes or until the okra are crisp and golden, turning them with tongs to ensure even goldenness. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and rest on a slotted rack set over a cookie sheet.

Once the okra has cooled, add it to the salad bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss gently.

Pour 1/4 cup of the green goddess dressing onto a plate. With the back of a spoon, smooth it out and arrange the salad on top of the dressing.