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Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

20 minsServes 4Ingredients:5 heirloom tomatoes6-7 cherry tomatoes (different colours)2 tbsp capers1 small fennel (or half big one), trimmed¼ cup fennel fronds½ cup basil leaves¼ cup little Internal celery leavesPinch of sea salt60ml vodka1 tbsp lemon juice1/2 tsp worcestershire½ to 1 tsp smoked tabasco (depending on heat tolerance)¼ cup olive oilPinch of celery saltPinch of black pepper
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Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Serves 4| Ready in 20 mins
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Is there anything more ‘summer’ than a tomato salad? Using plump, ripe tomatoes and all the unique flavours of a Bloody Mary this will be on high rotation when the heat turns up.

Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

If you have ever wished that your cocktail would somehow transform into a salad, well this is your lucky day. This is a Bloody Mary recipe without tomato juice, instead uses fresh tomatoes as the main ingredient and fennel for an added aniseed flavour. It calls for the usual suspects of a Bloody Mary, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and smoked tabasco plus the addition of fennel and capers for added complexity and awesomeness.

What you need to make Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

A range of tomatoes, fennel, capers, lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce and celery leaves
Heirloom tomatoes
You want plump, perfectly ripe tomatoes in a range of colours ideally
Cherry tomatoes
In different colours as well if you can find, but not necessary
Fennel bulb and fronds
For an aniseed kick
Baby capers
They work as part of the seasoning and also have a slight umami funk that goes so well with the Bloody Mary dressing
Basil leaves
For a zesty little accent
Celery leaves (optional)
Linking to the traditional Bloody Mary recipe
Salt and pepper
For added flavour
The boozy kick in the dressing
Lemon juice
A citrus hint
The essential umami flavour in a Bloody Mary
Smoked tabasco
For a smokey addition
Olive oil
Try to use good quality extra virgin olive oil
Celery salt
A type of salt with ground celery seeds mixed through. You can also use normal salt if you can’t get your hands on it

How to make Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Adding vodka to a jar
1. Make the dressing

In a small jar with a lid, throw in the vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, smoked tabasco, olive oil, celery salt, and black pepper. Close the lid and give it a good shake.

Slicing tomatoes on a chopping board
2. Slice tomatoes and fennel

Slice the tomato into rounds, the smaller cherry tomatoes in halves and the fennel, cut in half then finely slice.

Layer tomatoes on a plate
3. Layer over tomato and fennel

Lay out the sliced heirloom tomatoes, halved cherry tomatoes and sliced fennel on a platter and scatter over salt and pepper.

Drizzle dressing over tomatoes
4. Drizzle with dressing

Shake to emulsify the dressing again, then pour over the tomatoes and fennel. You won’t need to use all of the dressing.

Adding capers and fennel fronds to tomatoes
5. Garnish

Scatter over capers, basil leaves, celery leaves and fennel fronds.

Watch how to make Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Frequently asked questions & tips for Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Will this salad keep overnight?
Yes, in the fridge, it’s delicious the next day because the flavours have marinated together.
Can I make this vegan?
Yes, substitute Worcestershire for a vegan variety.
What if I don’t like tomatoes?
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Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Cook Time
15 mins
Prep Time
5 mins
Is there anything more ‘summer’ than a tomato salad? Using plump, ripe tomatoes and all the unique flavours of a Bloody Mary this will be on high rotation when the heat turns up.

Salad ingredients

  • 5 heirloom tomatoes
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes (different colours)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 small fennel (or half big one), trimmed
  • ¼ cup fennel fronds
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup little Internal celery leaves
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • 60ml vodka
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire
  • ½ to 1 tsp smoked tabasco (depending on heat tolerance)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of celery salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
Category - Sides
Cuisine - French inspired
Skill Level - Super easy
Other categories -
Salads, Sides, Entertaining, Vegetarian, Summer
Nutritional information
Calories 213.6 kcal11%
Carbohydrates 13.1 g4%
Sodium 776.8 mg34%
Magnesium 34.9 mg9%
Protein 2.9 g6%
Sugar 7.4 g8%
Calcium 75.2 mg8%
Vitamin A 34%
Fat 14.1 g22%
Fiber 4.3 g17%
Iron 1.7 mg9%
Vitamin C 48%

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