Charred Okra Salad With Garlicky Yogurt

Charred Okra Salad With Garlicky Yogurt

Broiling okra until golden crisps it nicely throughout and chars it at the edges. In this recipe, it’s then spiced with cumin and turned into a salad filled with herbs, lettuces, tomatoes and other vegetables. Dressed with yogurt and topped with spicy cayenne onions, it makes a flavorful and unusual side dish or a light, vegetable-filled meal.
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  • Serves: 3 persons



  1. Step 1

    Squeeze the juice of half a lime into a bowl and add the red onion slices, then stir in honey, a large pinch each of salt and pepper, and cayenne. Let sit at room temperature while preparing the other ingredients (or for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld). Stir occasionally. Before serving, taste and add more salt or squeeze in more lime juice, if you like.
  2. Step 2

    Heat the broiler and line a sheet pan with foil. Add okra to the pan, drizzle with enough oil to coat the pods and sprinkle with salt, tossing well. Arrange okra into one layer. Broil until tender and charred, 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with cumin right out of the oven while still hot. Taste and add more salt or cumin, if you like. Let cool slightly.
  3. Step 3

    While the okra broils, make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine yogurt, garlic and a squeeze or two of lime juice. Slowly whisk in 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil until the dressing has the texture of heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Step 4

    Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, combine lettuce, arugula, herbs, cucumber and tomato. Season to taste with a squeeze of lime juice, a little more olive oil to coat the vegetables, and salt and pepper, tossing well.
  5. Step 5

    To serve, place salad on individual plates. Top with okra. Drizzle with yogurt dressing, and garnish with some of the cayenne onions. Serve immediately.