In this salad, okra is cooked quickly to keep it from becoming mushy, yet long enough to release the natural thickeners that help form a salad dressing and keep the rice moist.
Recipe courtesy of Serena Ball
Save Recipe Print
Cajun Rice Salad with Shrimp and Okra
Total:
30 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy
Total:
30 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy

Ingredients

Cajun Seasoning:
Salad:

Directions

For the Cajun seasoning: Combine the garlic powder, oregano, paprika, allspice, if using, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

For the salad: Combine 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning with the rice and cook according to the rice package directions. Set aside in a bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the shrimp, lemon juice, oil and 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning; cover the bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a 1-inch opening for a vent. Microwave at 80-percent power, stirring once per minute, until the shrimp are opaque, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and the cooking liquid to the rice. (Save the remainder of the Cajun seasoning for another use.)

In a small saucepan, bring the okra and 1/2 cup water to a boil; cook until crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Add to the shrimp and rice.

Stir the bell pepper and parsley into the rice salad and serve at room temperature.

Cook's Note

This salad is even better the second day, but the okra will lose its brilliant green color from the acidic lemon juice in the dressing. If you plan to make it ahead, keep the okra separate from the salad and add it before serving. Leftover Cajun seasoning can be used on scrambled eggs, fish, roasted tomatoes or any veggies.

Our Best Thanksgiving Videos 15 Videos

Get the recipe

Sticky Pecan Pull-Apart Bread 00:37

This simple dessert is a crowd pleaser that only uses a few ingredients.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Baked Brown Rice

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Greek Salad

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Wild Rice Pilaf

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Cranberry and Orange Wild Rice

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Arugula Salad

Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell

Fall Salad

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Black Bean Salad

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Browse Reviews By Keyword