Southern Tomato & Cracker Salad

Tomato Cracker Salad is a simple southern dish that is a must for summer. I know it sounds strange, but if you like tomato sandwiches, you’ll like this. Ripe summer tomatoes are combined with mayonnaise and broken saltine crackers. This is a recipe that’s been made throughout the south for many years. There are slight variations on the recipe. The basic recipe includes chopped ripe summer tomatoes with seeds & pulp removed, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and broken crackers. I like it best while the crackers are still crunchy so serve it immediately. After about an hour the crackers soften to the consistency of mashed potatoes. Some people like me add minced fresh basil, chopped green onions, and garlic. Another group add a chopped egg. With the egg addition it gives you protein for your lunch. If you haven’t tried Tomato & Cracker Salad, remember it when you have loads of fresh tomatoes and want to eat them fast.

Southern Tomato & Crackers Salad

Use organic when available. Serves 6


Tomato & Crackers Salad

Tomato Cracker Salad is a simple southern dish that is a must for summer. When you have lots of fresh tomatoes, remove the seed and pulp, add mayonnaise and green onions for a quick side or lunch.
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword salad, tomato salad, Tomatoes and crackers salad
Servings 6


  • 4 ripe fresh medium tomatoes of choice – heritage, Campari, cherry
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 oz chopped fresh basil
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • optional chopped hard boiled egg


  • Seed and chop tomatoes
  • Place tomatoes on a paper towel for 5 or 10 minutes
  • Combine mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic, and basil in large bowl
  • Whisk to blend
  • Fold in tomatoes
  • Fold in broken crackers
  • Optional add chopped hard-boiled egg
  • Serve


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

20 thoughts to “Southern Tomato & Cracker Salad”

  1. I’ve never heard of this but I occasionally have a tomato sandwich. Crusty spelt and honey bread sliced quite thick, buttered and filled with just sliced tomato, cucumber and a sprinkle of sea salt. Delish!

    1. You would like this fresh made with ripe tomatoes. Make and eat immediately – oh so good!

  2. I have never heard of this but I do love tomato sandwiches; especially with fresh summer tomatoes.

  3. Omg you just gave me a very tasty idea. I’m in the hospital right now and the ward is loaded with crackers so I guess I’ll go and try this without boiled eggs 🙂

  4. Pinned this, will have to try this with a GF cracker iso croutons.
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  5. I love tomato salads. But, never heard of having crackers on it. This sounds a fabulous idea for a tomato salad that I want to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe…

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