Tomato Cracker Salad

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Homegrown tomatoes, at their peak of ripeness, mayonnaise, saltine crackers and fresh cracked black pepper.  Tomato Cracker Salad is reminiscent of a good, ‘ol fashioned tomato mayo sandwich!

Tomato Cracker Salad

So, if you have never heard of Tomato Cracker Salad, like I hadn’t, you might think it sounds a little crazy.  I was kind of skeptical, too.  But have you ever noticed that sometimes things that seem odd, turn out to be the best things?

Have you ever eaten a tomato mayo sandwich? You know the kind on soft white bread, with mayo and tomatoes from the yard?  Just a sprinkle of cracked black pepper and its heaven.   That is what this salad reminds me of.  


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This week, I decided to share all sorts of tomato recipes to use all of those tomatoes you are snagging at the Farmer’s Market or right out of your own back yard.  There really isn’t anything that tastes more like summer to me than homegrown tomatoes.  I can eat them and eat them.  Salt and pepper is all I need.  Don’t even get me started on how much I love BLT’s!! I never get tired of them.  


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I kicked off the week with a Tomato Pie.  Under that cheesy goodness is a flaky crust with tomato slices, fresh basil, and green onion.  It’s completely luscious, and a must make for summertime.  


On Friday, I am sharing this Fresh Tomato Bruschetta.  It’s delicious scooped onto sliced baguette as an appetizer, over pasta as a Pomodoro, or even over grilled chicken.  Stay tuned for that one!


Tomato Cracker Salad

But today though, we are here for this Tomato Cracker Salad.  It doesn’t get much simpler, does it? The saltine crackers are added in right before serving the salad. In my opinion, they give just the right amount of salt to the tomatoes, but of course, you can add more if you feel it needs it.  


Tomato Cracker Salad


What four ingredients do I need for Tomato Cracker Salad?

  • Tomatoes – choose red, ripe flavorful tomatoes.  
  • Mayonnaise – don’t use Miracle Whip, only real mayo.  
  • Saltine Crackers –  don’t buy the ones without salt, get the salted kind.
  • Black Pepper – I love to grind my own with a pepper mill.


All it takes is dicing your tomatoes, stirring in the mayo, then right before you serve it, add in the crushed saltine crackers and cracked pepper.  I refrigerated my tomatoes before I made it.  I prefer this salad cold, but you can eat it either way.  


Tomato Cracker Salad

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Where did this Saltine and Tomato Salad originate?  Well, this beauty originated in the South, where so many wonderful recipes do.  Aside from some adding green onions to it, there really aren’t too many variations.  I went with the basics, because why mess with a good thing?  It’s quick to whip up when you need a side dish that goes with almost anything.  

You definitely want to make sure to eat it right after you put the saltines in.  You don’t want them to get soggy.  This recipe made enough for our family of six as a side salad.  


Tomato Cracker Salad


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Tomato Cracker Salad

My mouth is watering! Let’s get to the recipe!M.


close up of Tomato Cracker Salad in a white bowl
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Tomato Cracker Salad

Ripe tomatoes, mayonnaise, saltine crackers and fresh cracked black pepper.  Tomato cracker salad is reminiscent of a good, old fashioned tomato sandwich!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cracker salad, mayo, saltines, Southern Tomato Saltine Cracker Salad, tomato cracker recipe, tomato cracker salad, tomato salad with saltines, tomatoes
Servings: 6 as a side dish
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 5 medium sized tomatoes red and ripe
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers coarsely broken
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • added salt if desired


  • Dice tomatoes and place in a bowl. Stir in mayo. Add black pepper. Mix in. Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Right before serving, stir in broken saltine crackers.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 340mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
original recipe from Southern Bite

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  1. Most simple , yet so perfect and delicious at the Table. Salads are best part of every meal too.

  2. I love this salad. My husband doesn’t like tomatoes, so I vary the amounts and eat it about every day this summer for lunch. I have plenty of my own tomatoes. Once in awhile I vary t by adding cucumbers too with the tomatoes. It is a refreshing lunch and delicious to eat every day!

    1. Gerry – I am so happy that you enjoy it! There isn’t anything better than homegrown tomatoes in the summertime. The cucumber addition sounds super yummy, too! I will try that for sure!

  3. Lived on this in college in Texas 😋
    My roommate’s mom kept us supplied with her canned tomatoes, still love it👍👍👍

  4. It is delicious!! I added some bacon pieces that I left over from breakfast and served it on a bed of shredded lettuce!! Devine … I tell you!! ✅

    1. I’m not saying that you can’t. It’s a personal preference. I personally don’t like Miracle Whip, but if you would make a tomato sandwich with Miracle Whip instead of Mayo then go for it! 🙂

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