SOUTHERN TOMATO CRACKER SALAD

Southern Tomato Cracker Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

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.

Ingredients for Southern Tomato Cracker Salad:

Saltine Crackers

Can of diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes

Onion

Green Pepper

Boiled Eggs

Mayonnaise

Black Pepper

This classic southern tomato cracker salad is very versatile, even though we love it with just the basic ingredients, it’s also a great with shrimp or chicken. You could also add in olives and bacon. We love to enjoy this every summer with fresh 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.

Southern Tomato Cracker Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

 
Southern Tomato Cracker Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks
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5 from 8 votes

Southern Cracker Salad

This classic 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 Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Southern Tomato Cracker Salad
Servings: 5 cups
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Crush crackers in a large bowl, add tomatoes, and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Serve on lettuce bed. Makes about 5 cups of salad.

Notes

You can easily add celery, shrimp, cooked chicken, bacon, olives, etc. Very versatile dish. 

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11 Comments

  1. I love this!!! I made it as written using Ritz crackers (that’s wha I had) and fresh (not canned) tomatoes. I only had time to refrigerate it for an hour… I made this because it sounded fun…I had never eaten this before but now it’s my new favorite!!5 stars

  2. I have lived in the south for 70+years and have never seen or heard of this salad!! I have been to many many potlucks at church and never saw this either. It looks amazing and easy to make and I am certainly going to make this. Yummy!!!

  3. This southern classic has been around forever! I remember having it as a child and still love it as an adult.5 stars

  4. YUMMY—–I am a transplant and have had this before…It tastes DELISH ! have been looking for this recipie. Thanx so much. (I am from N.J. )5 stars

  5. I grew up in Texas and have traveled a lot in the south but I have never heard of this recipe or seen it in my southern cookbooks. You are always learning something new through the blogs. Thanks.

  6. Well, I swan! I didn’t think anybody else made this! I’ve been loving a simpler version for 50+ years. Just fresh tomatoes, crackers and mayonnaise… Duke’s, of course. I’ve never tried it with canned maters and it never makes it to the refrigerator. (Don’t the crackers get awful soggy?) My husband thought I was one crazy Cracker gal when I first put this in front of him. The first taste hooked him, now he makes it more often than I. 8-]5 stars

  7. This is a new one to me. You know I’m a transplant after all. I love the idea, looks really good.

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