Oklahoma State Fair Food in Rare Salad Form

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OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR -- Fried food is the stuff people actually go to the Fair to eat.

It's everywhere.

It's fried.

It's buttery or chocolaty.

But to find 'salady' took a little searching.

Then we found lots of good greens at the Spectacular Salad Contest on the Fair's first day.

Contestant Holly Cole brought in a good looking Garlic Romaine Salad with sauteed shrimp and,

"Sourdough, herb croutons," she adds.

Her friend Michelle Robertson put together a nice Smoked Gouda and Tomato Salad.

Nearly 70 dishes entered in 4 categories.

Some contestants just dropped them off and left.

But most of the 'green chefs' stuck around.

Margaret Kletke has been entering her spectacular salads since the Clinton Administration.

"This is probably my 20th year of entering this contest," she boasts.

Marilyn Lowery always seems to have good luck with her chicken salad.

"It won first place last year," she smiles, "So we'll see."

Veggie, fruit, pasta, and meat.

Four categories.

Longtime salad judge Jeni Thomas - Woodward had to sample then choose the best.

"What do you look for in a good salad," asks a contest novice?

"The freshness," she says, "And maybe if it's a tossed salad you want it to be real crisp and not soggy."

Karen Mosely took first in the vegetable salad group for her Tibouli Salad.

"Fresh lemon juice," she says. "That's our secret."

Leslie Grothe took home a blue ribbon for her Pina Colada fruit salad.

"Wonderful," she gushes. "Makes all the hard work pay off."

Marilyn Lowery won both of the other categories, and there you have it, a good helping of salad at the fair, just enough to help you digest everything else.

The Oklahoma State Fair's 10 day run began September 17.

The Hobby, Arts and Crafts Building is the place to find all the good cooking contests.