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Fried green tomato salad

fried green tomato salad

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 recipe

Fried green tomato salad

Bec Thexton
A tasty fried green tomato salad with a cumin lemon yoghurt drizzle
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 2


  • 3 green tomatoes
  • plain flour for dusting
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs or normal
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 cup spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • handful of parsley to garnish
  • lemon wedges to serve
  • oil for frying

For the yoghurt sauce

  • 1/2 cup natural greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  • Combine the greek yoghurt, lemon juice and cumin and a teaspoon of water and stir until combined. Set aside in fridge.
  • Dust the green tomatoes in flour, dip into the eggwash and coat in the panko crumbs.
  • 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.
  • Once all the tomatoes have cooked, arrange them on the spinach, sprouts and sliced red tomato.
  • Drizzle with the yoghurt sauce, garnish with chopped parsley and serve with a wedge of lemon. Enjoy.


I also sprinkled the salad with some smoked paprika however it's not necessary.

(27) Comments

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

    1. Awww thanks!

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

  3. […] 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 […]

  4. […] 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 […]

  5. 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

  6. […] Fried green tomatoes are nestled atop a spinach and red tomato salad and drizzled with a tangy yogurt sauce to contrast the rich fried topping. By Rebecca Thexton […]

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

    1. Oh Kristen you must!!!

  8. […] 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 […]

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

    1. Thanks Katherine – let me know how you go. x

  10. […] Looking for new vegetarian recipes to try? How about making fried green tomato salad, curried carrot salad, or spelt ricotta […]

  11. 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

  12. 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

    1. I got mine from the queen victoria markets 🙂

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

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

  13. 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!

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

  14. 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.

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

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

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