Okra-Tomato Salad


Inspired by: Easyanddelish



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups medium to small okra

  • 3 cups water

  • 4-1/2 teaspoons salt divided

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 3 ripe tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds


DIRECTIONS

  • Clean the okra with a paper towel and set aside. In a large saucepan, bring water, 1-1/2 teaspoon salt, and vinegar to a boil. Blanch 1/2 of the okra for 3 minutes, strain, and immerse in a bowl with ice and water. Strain well and set aside. Do remaining batch in same water.

  • Quarter the tomatoes. Seed and remove the center parts. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise into 6 pieces, similar to the size of the okra. You should have about 1-1/2 cups.

  • Place the cut tomatoes in a strainer and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt. Let drain for 15 minutes.

  • In a small bowl, place 1 teaspoon salt, sugar, and black pepper. Whisk in the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

  • Toss the okra with the tomatoes and 2/3 of the dressing. Spread the rest of the dressing in the center of a plate. Then, sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.

  • Serve and enjoy!


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