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Fried green tomato salad

April 11, 2015

I had this weird thing with green tomatoes for a very long time. The reasons why, I don’t know however we didn’t see eye to green eye. It was only by force that we became friends when I dined at Belle’s Diner (now Belle’s Hot Chicken) and the only vegetarian options they had were a mac and cheese entree or a fried green tomato burger. I was ravenous, so naturally I ordered both. 

fried green tomato salad recipe

I was sceptical. I must have thought that because the tomato was green is tasted something like cucumber (what Bec..?!), which I quite like so none of this made much sense at all. I took a brave bite of my burger and all my fears slowly melted away into this delicious fried vegetable goodness. 

Fast forward a long time and I had a sudden need urge to fry green tomatoes. 

 fried green tomatoes

The weather is slowly changing around us, every day, because thats what weather does. The leaves hold a faint orange tinge and coats have started to make an appearance. I am not mad, I happen to prefer the colder days to hot. Autumn, you beautiful thing. Like the change in the air, Dancing Through Sunday has had a little cosmetic change with a new design. I hope you like it, and let me know if you have any feedback or comments. You could also just say hi because I love hearing from you guys! 

There are still the occasional warm day with crisp sunshine so although I am very quick to bust out the hearty, comforting curries and pasta bakes, I had to take my last chance to enjoy a simple salad.  

fried green tomato salad

If I can say so myself, this was fantastic. I saved a plate for Jackson, who was returning home in a few hours but when he came home his plate seemed to be mysteriously missing.. I don’t know what happened to it. I think a sneaky racoon broke in whilst I was distracted by the #yolkporn hashtag and ate all his fried green tomatoes… that’s what I’m going with okayssh. Yes, I am aware there are no racoons in Australia. 

fried green tomato salad  

The green tomatoes melted inside the salty, crispy panko crumb casing and the fried tomatoes were piled on top of some spinach (for health), sprouts and some normal red tomatoes so they didn’t feel left out. The drizzle was a cumin & lemon greek yoghurt and garnish with parsley and a tiny sprinkle of smoked paprika. #wow

It sounds like a lot of effort but by far the largest part of the meal is crumbing the tomatoes  and it’s not too difficult. A simple dusting in flour, then egg wash and in some panko bread crumbs – the rest is as easy as pie. Fried green pie 😉

Fried green tomato recipe

Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes, or had an irrational weird presumption about a food before? 

Share this recipe using the share buttons below if you like it! 

Have a wonderful day, Bec x

Fried green tomato salad
Serves 2
A tasty fried green tomato salad with a cumin lemon yoghurt drizzle
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 green tomatoes
  2. plain flour, for dusting
  3. 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (or normal)
  4. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  5. 1 red tomato
  6. 1 cup spinach
  7. alfalfa sprouts
  8. handful of parsley to garnish
  9. lemon wedges to serve
  10. oil for frying
For the yoghurt sauce
  1. 1/2 cup natural greek yoghurt
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Combine the greek yoghurt, lemon juice and cumin and a teaspoon of water and stir until combined. Set aside in fridge.
  2. Dust the green tomatoes in flour, dip into the eggwash and coat in the panko crumbs.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add the crumbed tomatoes and cook for a minute each side or until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Once all the tomatoes have cooked, arrange them on the spinach, sprouts and sliced red tomato.
  5. Drizzle with the yoghurt sauce, garnish with chopped parsley and serve with a wedge of lemon. Enjoy.
Notes
  1. I also sprinkled the salad with some smoked paprika however it's not necessary.
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27 Comments

  • Reply makesushi November 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This recipe is unbelievable great. The combination with the fried green tomato is fabulous. This is a must!

    • Reply Bec November 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Awww thanks!

  • Reply makesushi November 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This recipe is unbelievable great. The combination with the fried green tomato is fabulous. This is a must!

  • Reply Saturday at the South Melbourne Market - Voices of 2015 September 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    […] plan 3-4 meals and write down exactly what I need. In saying that, if you come across green tomatoes or perfectly ripe figs, get them!! That’s the beauty of shopping at the markets, you often […]

  • Reply Saturday at the South Melbourne Market - Dancing Through Sunday September 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    […] plan 3-4 meals and write down exactly what I need. In saying that, if you come across green tomatoes or perfectly ripe figs, get them!! That’s the beauty of shopping at the markets, you often […]

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile August 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve seen the movie but never made them myself!! What a great little recipe… and everything tastes so much better crumbed. Cant wait to catch up at PB next week!!! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Fried Green Tomato Salad with Yogurt Dressing July 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

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  • Reply Kristen @ The Endless Meal May 19, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I’ve never made fried green tomatoes before but I’m going to have to change that ASAP!

    • Reply Bec May 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Oh Kristen you must!!!

  • Reply Fabulous Foodie Fridays #48 - zamamabakes.com zamamabakes.com April 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    […] haven’t tried green tomatoes before but now thanks to Dancing Through Sunday with her Fried Green Tomato Salad Recipe, I will be! I think this salad would make for a perfect […]

  • Reply Katherine - The Beauty Of Life April 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This looks delicious, Bec! And your photos are amazing. Can’t wait to try it out x

    • Reply Bec April 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Katherine – let me know how you go. x

  • Reply The Pretty And The Mayhem: 19.04.15 - Pretty Mayhem April 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

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  • Reply Dannielle @ Zamamabakes April 16, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Bec this dish looks and sounds like a party for the mouth, mine is watering just looking at all your gorgeous photos and reading through your post. I haven’t tried green tomatoes but you have me wanting to for sure now!
    Thanks for coming to join in the Fabulous Foodie Friday fun.
    Have a gorgeous weekend xx

  • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem April 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Ever since I saw the movie ‘Fried green tomatoes’ years ago I’ve been dying to try them. They sound so good!

    Sadly, I didn’t come across any green tomato when I lived in NZ but since they seem to be readily available in Melbourne I think it’s time I finally tick them off my food bucket list 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the recipe xx

    • Reply Bec April 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      I got mine from the queen victoria markets 🙂

      • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem April 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

        Perfect, that’s just down the road from my house 🙂

        • Reply Bec April 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm

          ooo are you around here? We totally need to catch up for a coffee x

  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows April 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I made green tomato chutney with my glut of green tomatoes last year but haven’t fried them yet. This looks DELICIOUS and I am actually disappointed that all my tomatoes went red this year and I can’t make it 🙁

    p.s. new look looks FAB!

    • Reply Bec April 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I have fried red tomatoes and although the green were much better because they were firmer, the red were still delicious.

  • Reply Raychael aka Mystery Case April 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Can’t say I’ve ever had fried green tomato. I’m definitely going to have to try it now.

    Love the new look to the blog.

  • Reply giulia April 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Fried green tomatoes is an Italian song 🙂 But I’ve never tried them myself. They sound deeeelish!

    • Reply Bec April 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      They are great! Thanks Giulia. I tried to comment on your granola recipe because it looked delish but I haven’t been able to 🙁

  • Reply Jess April 11, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve never tried green tomatoes before! And I am loving the new design, very clean and makes the food pop 🙂

    • Reply Bec April 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Jess!!! They are so good fried, you must you must you must.

  • Reply Rebecca@Figs and Pigs April 11, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Looks so good I’ve never thought to do this with tomatoes, you’ve made them the star of the show not just a side or add on. Definitely will be frying my tomatoes like this.

    • Reply Bec April 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks miss. They are amazing and I did it with red tomatoes last week too.

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