eating your drink May 21, 2012

Those that know me know that Sundays mean one thing for me: Bloody Marys. I’ve always loved them…and it’s not really a booze thing, either. In the ideal recipe, you shouldn’t taste a lot of vodka, anyway.  Bloody Marys count as a food group to me because of the mix: the quality of the tomato juice used, the amount of briny flavor balanced with some heat, and the garnishes. I’m kind of a purist: I like a medium spicy mix with a good helping of horseradish, some olives or pickled veg (but not too many to get in the way of stirring), and a lemon wedge.

A salad version of my perfect Bloody Mary has been rattling around in my head for months…and knowing that I was going to be away for weeks and without my usual brunch routine, this was one of the last things I cooked before I went to Miami. The key here is marinating the tomatoes – if you want to skip the vodka, throw in a splash of white or red wine vinegar in its place. They soak up all of the Bloody Mary “marinade” and get extra juicy & luscious. Paired with the crunch of the celery and the salt of the olives, it’s a fun summer way to eat your favorite brunch drink.

Bloody Mary Salad – serves 4 as a salad course or side dish

This salad is based on my favorite Bloody Mary ingredients – feel free to alter the recipe to include things you like in yours: more citrus flavor, fresh anchovies, roasted red peppers or pimentos, or substitute the Blue cheese for Mozzarella for a boozy Caprese salad. It’s the perfect summer salad alongside proteins cooked on the grill or some pieces of toasty, charred bread.

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved – you can also use grape tomatoes or any combination of small tomatoes you like
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. vodka
  • 1 tbsp. great quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce – you can substitute soy sauce for this if you want it to be completely vegetarian
  • 1 tsp. prepared Horseradish
  • juice and zest of 1 large lemon
  • a pinch of celery salt
  • a dash or two of Tabasco, Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce – optional
  • 1/2 cup sliced, pitted green olives
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced – save the leaves for garnish later
  • 4 ounces great quality Blue cheese – I used Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue but choose your favorite
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

– In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, minced garlic, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice & zest, celery salt and hot sauce if you’re including it. Stir to make sure tomatoes are thoroughly coated. Cover and allow to marinate in the fridge for 1 hour. Remove and allow to come back to room temperature before assembling the salad.

– To assemble: I think this works best as a family style salad. Slice the blue cheese into thin slices or break into large chunks and arrange on a platter. Top the cheese with the tomato mixture and drizzle on any remaining liquid. Scatter the sliced celery & olives – as well as the reserved celery leaves – over the top. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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Monsterscircus May 21, 2012 02:05 pm

Very cool with this drinks inspired salad! Very loveable blog you have, have a wonderful Day!

Miss T May 21, 2012 03:05 pm

I am so down with Bloody Marys its not even funny. Im a big fan of the V8 Bloody Mary. Fresh fresh looking salad, delish.
T x

Annie Hollywood May 21, 2012 03:05 pm

So creative! I love Bloody Marys too and I can’t wait to make this.

Meghan May 21, 2012 03:05 pm

I love the idea of “marinating” the tomatoes – would improve almost any store bought specimen. I’ve been really loving some briny olives and celery lately – adding this to my to-make list today.

Nicole Franzen May 21, 2012 05:05 pm

what is it about bloody marys that never fail to make me salivate. I LOVE salty, vinegar packed deliciousness. Transforming my favorite drink into a salad is genius. YUM

Thyme (Sarah) May 21, 2012 06:05 pm

Super. We’ve off of sugar for awhile so this is the perfect kind of dish for us. My BIL fixes us Bloody Mary’s EVERY Xmas. He so wants us to enjoy them but he makes them so so so so spicy that we all find ways to get rid of the drink and then we all act like it was wonderful…so the tradition continues another year.

Beth {local milk} May 21, 2012 09:05 pm

Ok. Short story: In a different life, long ago in a galaxy far, far away called New Orleans I was an 18 year old exotic dancer on Bourbon St. After work I’d hit up the Shim Sham (now One Eyed Jack’s) and have a Bloody Mary (or 5) for dinner, joking “It’s like a salad in a glass!” Now I know two things: that is not a viable career choice and it really *is* a salad in a glass! Both valuable life lessons.

kale May 22, 2012 01:05 am

What a great idea! Blue cheese doesn’t always agree with me, but I am intrigued. Love the concept of your favorite cocktail in salad form.

DessertForTwo May 22, 2012 08:05 am

Lovely. So so so lovely :)

sarah {edible living} May 22, 2012 09:05 am

love it! brilliant idea and gorgeous styling.

susan May 22, 2012 11:05 am

wow – this surpasses brilliance! taking this to a party this weekend!!

Eileen May 22, 2012 06:05 pm

My first reaction when I saw this was “oh boy, oh bo,y oh boy!” This may be the perfect summer lunch–maybe with a chicken sandwich on the side. Hooray!

Kalyn May 22, 2012 11:05 pm

Oh my; this is a brilliant salad idea!

ilva May 23, 2012 02:05 am

I love this idea, very creative!

Healthy Living Val May 24, 2012 03:05 pm

Huge Bloody Mary fan! This idea is genius and love the colors and flavors. What a perfect Memorial Day salad too.

Paula- bell'alimento May 24, 2012 03:05 pm

Want. Now. Please. In case I haven’t told you lately, you have a gift girl ; )

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 24, 2012 04:05 pm

Just another example of your creative brilliance. May just be the perfect salad.

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Breena Yeh May 25, 2012 04:05 pm

Yum! I definitely will try out this one.

Danijela May 25, 2012 05:05 pm

I love it! It is a brilliant idea. :)

sweetmaddy May 27, 2012 07:05 am

Wow, that’s so creative! I was half hoping you would be telling us to take a shot of vodka while eating it! :) Party salad?

sarah May 29, 2012 12:05 pm

Doubled the recipe for a party this weekend and it was a huge hit.

Tossed the blue cheese pieces in the salad and used a few dashes of Tapatio for hot sauce. Seeded the tomatoes since it’s still early in the season and I wanted to cut down on the bitterness, and it was perfect

Iris May 30, 2012 11:05 am

This is GENIUS. Love Bloody Marys!

Katherine Jun 1, 2012 05:06 pm

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy Jun 2, 2012 03:06 pm

wow — that looks delicious!! and your photography is stunning! thanks for sharing!

Russell van Kraayenburg Jun 3, 2012 07:06 pm

I love this! What a fun idea turning a scrumptious drink into a salad.

Maile Jun 14, 2012 07:06 am

I’ve been craving this ever since I saw the picture. crunchy celery plus creamy blue cheese? and! I have a particular fondness for celery leaves, and they’re especially beautiful here.

Kalle Jun 17, 2012 09:06 am

Kannattaako näitä reseptiä tänne laittaa, jos homma on sen verran köyhäilyä, ettei niitä saada maan virallisella kielellä?

Sycamore Jun 21, 2012 02:06 pm

Never tried Blue Cheese in a Bloody Mary but the Rogue River Blue is my favorite of all time. Their Oregonozola is pretty awesome also.
Thanks for the recipe.

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Julianna Jul 20, 2012 12:07 pm

this is absolutely FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to try it, even if someone wasn’t a fan of Bloody Marys, this looks like the perfect summer salad ;o)

Kylie B. Jul 22, 2012 04:07 pm

Ohmygosh yum! I love a good bloody mary and this salad seems right up my alley with the spice and vegis! You have a great blog, so aesthetically pleasing and great recipes too!

Colleen Falke Jul 30, 2012 12:07 pm

I too consider a Bloody Mary a food group – referred to as a “health drink” around here. Can’t wait to try out your salad – if my tomatoes would just get busy, ‘cuz it will be really good with homegrown! Cheers!

Katie Workman Aug 4, 2012 06:08 pm

This clinches it. You are officially the smartest person I know.

Janice May 24, 2013 07:05 pm

You have inspired me to go create this salad now or should I have a bloody mary?

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