Baked "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Crab and Watermelon Ravigote

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $2.05
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Baked Green Tomatoes
2Large Green Tomatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
1/2 cupLow-fat Buttermilk
1/2 tspHot Sauce (optional)
1/2 tspSmoked Paprika
1/2 cupOrganic Cornmeal
1/2 cupQuinoa, uncooked
2 tspDried Basil
2 tspDried Oregano
1 tbspGrape Seed Oil
1/4 tsp eachSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Crab Ravigote
1 cupLump Crab Meat
1 tspDijon Mustard
1 tbspShallot, finely chopped
1 tbspFresh Parsley, roughly chopped
1 tbspFresh Tarragon, roughly chopped
1Lime, juice only
1 tbspOlive Oil
1 cupCucumber, cubed
1 cup Watermelon, cubed
1/4 tsp eachSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Season your buttermilk with hot sauce (optional) and set aside. Mix your cornmeal and quinoa, and season with smoked paprika, basil, oregano and sea salt and black pepper. Set that bowl aside.
  3. Take your tomato slices and dunk them completely in the buttermilk, lift them and allow some of the buttermilk to drip off. Then coat them with your cornmeal and quinoa mixture. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle each tomato with a little grape seed oil.
  4. Place in the oven, and bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Carefully flip the tomatoes half way through.
  5. For the ravigote, add your dijon mustard, shallot, parsley, tarragon, lime juice and olive oil to a small mason jar or bowl and whisk/shake very well.
  6. Pour dressing over remaining ingredients, combine well and add a big spoon of the crab ravigote on top of each tomato.


  • ​Green tomatoes have almost as much beta carotene as red tomatoes. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A helps protect the eyes from free radicals, compounds that can damage cells, and is needed for a healthy immune system.
  • By switching from fried to baked green tomatoes, you save on calories. Baked green tomatoes have the same amount of calories in roughly 7 slices as a single slice of fried green tomato! Cutting down on added fats and oils can reduce calories and help control weight, an important goal for cancer survivors and cancer prevention.