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SOUTHERN TOMATO CRACKER SALAD – The Southern Lady Cooks


Tomato Cracker Salad is a vintage recipe that has been around a very long time. The combination of saltine crackers, delicious garden tomatoes makes the perfect summer salad.

Tomato Cracker Salad

If you love tomato dishes, you must give our Southern Tomato Pie a try! It has fantastic reviews and is a summer “must make”

WHAT IS SOUTHERN TOMATO CRACKER SALAD?

Basically, tomato cracker salad is the classic Southern tomato sandwich in a salad form. The crackers, tomato, and mayonnaise deliver the same taste as the sandwich. It’s delicious! I’ve read that this recipe comes from southeast Georgia.

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE

Southern Tomato Cracker Salad is a classic! I remember vividly the first time I ever saw this salad or had it served to me at a meal. My new mother-in-law, a Southern lady from Mississippi,  served it for dinner back in 1976.   I thought it was the grossest looking stuff I had ever seen and I certainly did not want to eat any of it.  She was a wonderful Southern hostess and kept passing me this salad and saying I should try it.  I finally took a little on my plate and was pleasantly surprised that it was not just awful.  I still was not sure if I liked it or not though.  This salad will grow on you!  It became one of my favorite things to eat at her house.  She even made it for me when I was sick and brought it to me because she knew how much I liked it.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Saltine Crackers
  • Can of diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Green Pepper
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Black Pepper

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

This tomato cracker salad couldn’t be easier to put together! Simply mix all ingredients EXCEPT the crackers together in a bowl. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Right before you serve, add the crushed crackers and serve on a lettuce bed. Makes about 5 cups of salad.

Even though we love it with just the basic ingredients, it’s also great with shrimp or chicken. You could also add in olives and bacon. This dish is best when you can use fresh juicy garden tomatoes. The taste is so good, and it’s refreshing! I love to add a lot of black pepper and sometimes garlic powder too. Some people prefer to add the crackers at the time you serve it, while others think it is better after it sits a bit. I personally love it either way.

Tomato Cracker Salad

⭐TIP

I think this salad is best served immediately once you add the crackers. You can make it all up, and add the crackers right before serving. That is just our preference.

📖OTHER TOMATO RECIPES

We love recipes that use delicious garden tomatoes! These are some of our absolute favorites.

  • BLT Cracker Salad – This is twist on this very recipe! We used cherry tomatoes, bacon and ritz crackers.. and oh my.. it is delicious!
  • Cucumber Tomato Salad – This is a very refreshing summer salad and the dressing takes it to the next level.
  • Fresh Tomato Bread – This cheesy tomato bread is a must-make with your delicious garden tomatoes. Wonderful reviews!
  • Old Fashioned Tomato Aspic – This is a very vintage recipe and one your grandmother probably made.

SERVE THIS WITH

This salad is great with just about any summer meal but we agree it goes great with these main dishes.

STORING & SERVING SIZE

This salad is best served in the fridge, see recipe notes. This makes about 5 cups.

Southern Tomato Cracker Salad

Anne Walkup

This classic tomato cracker salad has been around a very long time. If you’ve never tried it, you are in for a real treat. Such an old fashioned recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

3 hours

Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Course Salad

Cuisine American, southern

  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers crushed
  • 1 14.5 ounccan diced tomatoes, undrained (I use fresh tomatoes in summer
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped (can use green onions)
  • 1/4 cup green pepper chopped
  • 5 eggs boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Mix all ingredients EXCEPT the crackers together in a bowl. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Right before you serve, add the crushed crackers and serve on a lettuce bed. Makes about 5 cups of salad.

You can easily add celery, shrimp, cooked chicken, bacon, olives, etc. Very versatile dish. Some people prefer to add the crackers at the time you serve it while others think it is better after it sits a bit. I personally love it either way.

Keyword Southern Tomato Cracker Salad

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