Ladies' fingers, also known as okra, is one of my favourite vegetables. Because of its texture, thick mucilage and acquired taste, I know of many people who would rather starve than eat it. Let's face it, you either love okra or hate it with a vengeance. I love eating it and the best way to enjoy raw okra is when it is served with a delicious bowl of gyudon (beef bowl)!
When I was in Kyushu, Japan, I ate a lot of raw okra and I also tried my very first mouthful of nattō (fermented soybeans). Though both are equally healthy and gooey in nature, nattō tasted a wee bit funky to me. I don't think I am a fan. Since I was eating so much okra, I decided to research new ways to enjoy it and understand the health benefits that may come with it.
Much to my surprise, okra is packed with vitamins and health benefits. Okra helps with digestion, reduces cholesterol, lowers blood sugar. and it is an excellent source of fibre. In addition, raw okra is perfect for a low calorie diet. 100 grams of okra only contains approximately 30 calories! That explains why most Japanese are so healthy and slim. I think I have found the answer to my wedding diet!
Raw Okra and Corn Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing
Recipe by Min+Jia
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: None!
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss away. Lightly toss the salad if you are new to raw okra and if you adore raw okra, mix well to release all that ooey-gooey-goodness!
Serve this with a bowl of rice or simply enjoy it as a cold salad.
Jia and I had this raw salad for lunch and we paired it with miso soup and brown rice topped with more sesame seeds and crispy seaweed. Everything we love about salads can be found in this salad. It was light, refreshing, crunchy, healthy and absolutely delicious! We especially love the pairing of the sweet pearl corn kernels, raw okra and ginger dressing. Oh, what a delightful explosion of flavours and crunch in our mouths!
Do you dare to try raw okra? :)
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