Sunday, September 11, 2011

Time for a Cajun Bloody Mary --Tomato Salad!

Summer will officially be over on September 23, 2011 and with that our lucious tomatoes will soon be the insipid, watery, no sunshine flavored shadows of their peak of harvest selves. In the meantime, we've been relishing the most wonderful vine-ripened tomatoes and spoiled with their intense flavors.  Sometimes I hear Bubba, from Forrrest Gump praising shrimp and just substituting tomato in the litany of variations. I've eaten them fresh, sun-dried, oven-dried, in bread, in sauce, in salads, etc., and wonder what is possibly left when my colandar is full yet again.

Bubba: "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it."

Cajun Bloody Mary Tomato Salad
Cajun Bloody Mary Tomato Salad
In my search for inspiration I came across a recipe for a Bloody Mary Tomato Salad which was all fine and good, but I hated the Bloody Mary's my Dad made or those served at the typical Sunday Brunches. Too alcoholic, too peppery or bitter with horseradish, that is until I had a Cajun version at Jazz, a Lousiana Kitchen Restaurant. The rest of their food was just ok but the Bloody Mary blew me away. So, a little Emeril, a litte Bon App├ętit and here we go! This is a great side salad for a brunch, and if you slip a little volka in it, well then, I'm not telling. I also think any leftovers would make a sinful blended bloody mary... Hope you you find something wonderful for your late harvest tomatoes!

Cajun Bloody Mary Tomato Salad
Serves 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1-2 hours

Ingredients
2 pounds vine ripened fresh tomatoes, diced (choose your favorites)
1 pound small grape or lemon drop yellow tomatoes, halved
1 cup inner celery stalks, leaves and all, finely chopped
1 cup red onion, finely chopped
½ cup Spanish olives, halved
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely shredded
2 tablespoons, olive brine
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 teaspoon Cajun Spice Mix (no salt variety)
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon celery seeds

Prep
Combine chopped tomatoes, celery, red onion, olives and basil in large bowl.
In a smaller bowl whisk together lime juice, prepared horseradish, hot sauce and spices.
Pour over fresh tomatoe mixture and gently  stir to coat with dressing.
Chill for 1 - 2 hours then serve.

Inspiration

Bloody Mary Tomato Salad, Bon Appetit 

Emeril Lagasse's Cajun Bloody Mary

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10 comments:

  1. Fun post Robin! A playful ode to the scarlet beauties of summer...and what a lovely way to enjoy the what is left of them in September. I would love this as a salad and incredible Bloody Mary base!

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  2. Hee hee Jenn! Glad you like it. Sometimes it is fun to post something special for grownups, you know what I mean? Cheers to you!

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  3. Now that's what I'm talking about...what a salad! I would love this Cajun Jazzed up version! Where's the shrimp? Heheh...just kidding!

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  4. Hiya Lyndsey, so glad you stopped by for a visit! You are too funny and you know, I was thinking it might need a little shrimp too!

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  5. Seafood can also be added to the tomato salad. It depends on what you prefer to taste.

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    1. I agree long island! That would make a lovely first course or light lunch.

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  6. This bloody mary tomato salad looks delicious. I can't wait to try it at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    catering New York

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    1. Thanks Maia! If you do give it a try let me know how it went for you - best when fresh local tomatoes are available don't you think?

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  7. This is just the recipe I am looking for. A friend of mine told me about this salad and asked me to add this to my menu for my party next week. I would definitely try this, I hope I could follow the recipe correctly and make a perfect mix. party buses in new york

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