Fried Oyster Salad with Apple and Almond Brittle

A unique Fried Oyster Salad salad bursting with flavor and texture. We’ve paired fresh fried oysters with tart apples and almond brittle on a cool crisp bed of lettuce, then drizzled it with a homemade buttermilk dressing. Divine!

Fried Oyster Salad with Apples and Almond Brittle - Amazing! #summer #salad #oysters

I love fresh fried oysters in the summertime. Salty, juicy and just barely cooked, so you get a crispy crunch on the outside, yet have an almost raw oyster on the inside.

That is a thing of beauty.

Easy Fried Oyster Salad with Apples and Almond Brittle - Amazing! #summer #salad #oysters

One thing I’ve noticed is that even the most rigid meat-n-taters eaters, will dive into a salad when it’s topped with something fried and something sweet.


We recently visited one of our favorite pop-up restaurants here in Asheville, “Punk Wok” located at MG Road Lounge on Monday and Tuesday nights. Local hero, Chef Elliott Moss, creates a unique experimental asian-inspired menu that changes each week.

On a recent visit, one of the dishes we ordered was a salad with almond brittle in it.


Easy Fried Oyster Salad with Apples and Almond Brittle - Amazing! #summer #salad #oysters

So you can imagine that every last crumb was scraped out of that salad bowl, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Today I’m borrowing Chef Moss’s brittle-in-salad concept and I’m pairing it with my Fried Oyster Salad to make the most marvelous summer meal.

Simple Fried Oyster Salad with Apples and Almond Brittle - Amazing! #summer #salad #oysters

The textural elements of the Fried Oyster Salad works unbelievably well with the sweet nutty crunch of the almond brittle and crisp tart apples. Plus you have a candied apple appeal mingled throughout the entire salad.

I’ve topped this Fried Oyster Salad with a simple buttermilk dressing, with a very slight note of curry.

This is a winner.

Remember, oysters are fabulous when fresh, but pretty terrible when not fresh. Have your local fishmonger shuck them for you, so you can buy them by the pound in a bucket. Then prepare your oysters the same day. Do not buy them in a can or jar that has been sitting around for weeks.

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22 comments on “Fried Oyster Salad with Apple and Almond Brittle

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 30, 2014 at 4:32 am Reply

    You know what? I’ve never had a fried oyster. I’m not partial to the texture of ’em raw but, deep fry ANYTHING, and I’ll eat it! Pinned…happy weekend!

  2. How to Philosophize with Cakeposted May 30, 2014 at 5:36 am Reply

    That looks amazing! I’ve never tried putting brittle in a salad, but it sounds very interesting. :)

  3. dcposted May 30, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    Looks yummy and I’ll try the brittle on other salads. In the landlocked midwest, oysters are usually not a thing! I suck down my fair share of raw and fried ones tho’ in Texas, and Louisiana!

  4. Heather Christoposted May 30, 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

    this is seriously creative Sommer!

  5. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am Reply

    So delicious, Sommer. Perfect for summer!

  6. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 30, 2014 at 7:58 am Reply

    I’ve always wanted to fry oysters! Thanks for the motivation! Can’t wait to try this salad!

  7. naomiposted May 30, 2014 at 8:15 am Reply

    I’m always up for oyster of any kind, this salad included!

  8. marlaposted May 30, 2014 at 9:00 am Reply

    Love fried oysters, must try this weekend!

  9. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 30, 2014 at 10:06 am Reply

    This is sure to be a summer favorite! Love the flavor combos in this!

  10. Gabyposted May 30, 2014 at 11:18 am Reply

    What a fabulous summer dinner!

  11. Sammi @Sammi Sunshineposted May 30, 2014 at 12:14 pm Reply

    I would have never ever in a million years thought of almond brittle and oysters together! It’s so cool how chefs come up with unique dishes like that.

  12. [email protected]posted May 30, 2014 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Fried oysters in a salad is one of my favorite things and that almond brittle sounds amazing!

  13. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm Reply

    What a fabulous salad for summer!

  14. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 31, 2014 at 5:27 am Reply

    YUM! I love this salad!

    Rating: 5
  15. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted June 1, 2014 at 11:09 am Reply

    Fried oysters are a big deal here in the PNW! I think my step dad would fall head over heels for this salad!! We can get our oysters right from our beach! It’s totally a win win

  16. Samina | The Cupcake Confessionposted June 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Loving all the texture going on in the salad! And fried oysters! I DEFINITELY need to try that! Loving the almond brittle!!!!

  17. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted June 3, 2014 at 9:07 am Reply

    There’s nothing better than a crispy, salty oyster. This salad is a beauty. Pinned.

    Rating: 5
  18. Ashleyposted October 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Curse you! I just made this salad and I am completely ruined for all other salads now. I could eat this every single day…that is how good it is.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted October 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply

      LOL! Ashley, so glad you like it!

  19. Catia Solutionsposted June 13, 2016 at 8:21 am Reply

    They are really delicious!

    Rating: 5
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