This colorful salad is bursting with summer flavors. Loaded with sweet peppers, fresh corn, and red onions surrounding crisp fried green tomatoes, this salad is tossed in a tangy green goddess dressing and served with pulled pork or chicken.
2cupsvegetable or canola oil
2cupsmixed salad greens
1earsweet cornkernels removed
1/2mediumred onionthinly sliced
2smallred bell peppersthinly sliced
1poundbarbecue pulled pork or grilled chickenoptional
Trader Joes Copycat Green Goddess Dressing
2tablespoonsgreen onionroughly chopped
1/4cupfresh basil leavesroughly chopped
2tablespoonsfresh chivesroughly chopped
2tablespoonsfresh parsleyroughly chopped
1/2cupapple cider vinegar
4tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
1/4cupwateras needed to thin dressing
Fried Green Tomatoes
Begin by washing and slicing the green tomatoes into 1/2-inch thick slices. Next, lay the tomato slices on a paper towel-lined cooling rack and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let drain for 5-10 minutes to remove as much excess moisture from the tomatoes.Meanwhile, heat a large skillet filled with about 1-inch of vegetable oil to 350 degrees. While the oil heats, mix together the cornmeal, panko, flour and salt and pepper on a large plate. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and milk together.Next, carefully dip each tomato slice into the egg mixture and then press both sides into the cornmeal mixture. Repeat a second time to give each tomato slice a nice, thick breading.Once all of the tomato slices are coated and the oil has reached 350 degrees, carefully place 2-3 tomato slices into the hot oil. Let cook for 3-4 minutes and then gently flip over once golden. Let the other side cook for an additional 3-4 minutes and then remove using a wire spatula onto a paper towel-line wire cooling rack. Immediately sprinkle with a little salt and let cool. Repeat until all the tomato slices are fried.
Copycat Trader Joe's Green Goddess Dressing
While the tomatoes cool, make the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredient, except water, into a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth and then add salt and pepper to taste. If the dressing is thicker than you prefer, add few tablespoons of water to thin to reach the desired consistency. Set aside.
Next, assemble the salad. In a bowl start with a bed of mixed greens. Add corn kernels. sliced peppers, onions and avocado. Then top with the fried green tomato slices. If you want to add a protein, add some leftover barbecue pulled pork or grilled chicken breast. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and then drizzle everything with the green goddess dressing. Serve immediately.