It's mid-summer farmers -market bounty (fresh tomatoes, corn and okra) warmed under the broiler, then tossed with fresh basil. Heaven!
It is also a great way to sneak in a few fresh okra, something that the Fatfree Vegan Kitchen often tantalizes us with but I'm still warming up to.
[I'm quite sure it's Susan who taught me how to tell if okra is fresh. Bend the tip, if it snaps off, it's fresh. If it bends but doesn't snap, it should be left behind! [later note: Susan alerted me that I had it exactly opposite so I've corrected the information so not to perpetuate misinformation] The okra was a tiny bit gummy but not unpleasantly so. I've somewhere seen notes on how to prevent gumminess ... anyone have ideas?]
And because it warms under the broiler, for just 10-15 minutes, it hardly heats up the kitchen, making it a perfect vegetable choice for hot summer days!
NEXT TIME ...
- For a main dish, I'd toss this into hot pasta with Parmesan and maybe pancetta or some bacon.
- The recipe called for broiling the tomatoes alone first, then adding the okra and corn. Next time I'll do the tomatoes and okra together, so the okra cook a bit more.
- I'll use more fresh basil, which really makes this dish.
WARM TOMATO, CORN & OKRA SALAD
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Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Weight Watchers 2 points per serving
NetCarb 18 per serving
1 pound perfectly ripe summer tomatoes, cores removed with a knife in a cone, halved lengthwise, then cut into half-inch slices, then slices halved
1/2 pound small fresh okra
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper
2 ears fresh corn, kernels sliced from ear
Fresh basil to taste (the recipe called for 2 tablespoons, I'd use 2x or 3x this)
Toss tomatoes, okra, olive oil and seasoning in a bowl. Transfer to a baking sheet. (You could skip the bowl step but I find it hard to evenly distribute a very small quantity of oil on a flat surface.) Heat under the broiler for 5 - 10 minutes, until okra begin to brown a little. Mix in corn and broil another 5 - 10 minutes. Stir in basil. Serve immediately.
Per Serving: 133 Cal (28% from Fat, 12% from Protein, 61% from Carb); 4 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 23 g Carb; 5 g Fiber; NetCarb 18; 57 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 26 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points
WARM TOMATO CORN OKRA SALAD Toss 1lb sliced tomato, ½ lb okra, 1T olive oil, S&P; broil 5-10min. Add 2 ears corn, broil 5-10min. Stir in ¼ c fresh basil. VV06 G6/94 Serves 4. WW=2
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Adapted from Gourmet, June 1994