Summer Okra & Tomato Salad

Summer Okra & Tomato Salad

 

Juicy tomatoes and crisp okra are charred on the grill and tossed in fresh herbs for a salad that's made up of only the good stuff.
This recipe is from our Growing up Cajun Cookbook! You’ll find everything in this cookbook for an authentic Cajun feast, like Mama Jen’s Cajun Cornbread and Cajun Mardi Gras staples, such as Chicken & Sausage Gumbo.
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • ½ pound okra, halved lengthwise
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 clusters tomatoes on the vine
  • cup chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, thyme, and oregeno)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning
  • Garnish: chopped fresh herbs, freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat on a grill. Working in batches, add okra in a single layer; cook, without stirring, until charred. Transfer to a serving platter, and set aside. Brush onion with 1 tablespoon oil, and add onion and sliced garlic to the pan; cook until lightly charred; place on serving platter. Add tomatoes on the vine, and cook until charred; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together herbs, lime zest and juice, vinegar, grated garlic, salt, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning, and remaining ⅓ cup oil. Toss with okra, onion, and heirloom tomatoes. Serve with grilled tomatoes on the vine. Garnish with herbs and freshly cracked black pepper, if desired.
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When it’s Hot, Make Shrimp Ceviche!

When it’s Hot, Make Shrimp Ceviche!

As the summer heat sets in it can be hard to find food that sounds appealing, but one meal that will keep you cool is Shrimp Ceviche. The refreshing dish is light and bright, so it won’t weight you down. Plus, you won’t have to turn on your oven or stove to cook it since requires no actual heat. Of Peruvian origin, ceviche is fish or seafood marinated in citrus juices, which then “cook” the fish. 

Typically prepared in lime or lemon juice with spices like Slap Ya Mama seasoning, people can also add chopped onion, salt and cilantro to the fish. Ceviche can come with any side dish, often it is placed with sweet potato, lettuce, corn, or avocado. The dish isn’t cooked with heat, so it must be prepared fresh or frozen properly to minimize the risk of food poisoning. 

The most important thing to do is making sure your fish is fresh. Buying the fish, the day you are going to cook it is highly recommended and putting it in the freezer as soon as you get home to ensure freshness. 

If it is your first time making ceviche there are a few tips to make your dish perfect. While most fish work, the best kinds are semi-firm white-fleshed ocean fish like sea bass, grouper or flounder. When you start to prepare the fish make sure to remove the bloodline, the dark red portion on the fillet or your dish will have a fishy flavor. 

Chefs recommend marinating the fish for a least 10 to 20 minutes, however marinating it over an hour can risk the fish falling apart. To make ceviche properly you need enough lemon or lime juice. It’s recommended to have ½ of juice to 1 pound of fish. 

As always don’t forget your Slap Ya Mama Seasoning to make your ceviche the best dish this summer.