The classic flavors of a Southern tomato sandwich combine in this quick Tomato Cracker Salad. It’s the perfect side dish for summer with refreshing and simple ingredients!
If there was ever a dish that defined summer, this Tomato Cracker Salad would be it for me.
Now I’ll admit, at first, folks look a little sideways at this one. I even garnered a few negative reviews on my cookbook because of this recipe. I mean, it’s tomatoes, crackers, salt, and black pepper. I get it. It’s super basic and little strange. But, you have to look beyond the handful of ingredients and see this as a whole. Imagine that beloved, coveted tomato sandwich… except in delicious salad form. If you are a fan of tomato sandwiches, give this a shot!
What is tomato cracker salad?
Garden-fresh tomatoes combine with saltine crackers, mayo (y’all know Duke’s is my brand of choice), and some salt and pepper to create a dish that my family has been enjoying for as long as I can remember. If you love the flavors of the classic tomato sandwich, then chances are you’re going to love this too!
Fresh, in-season, homegrown tomatoes are best in this. Heirloom tomatoes are even better. I’ve even seen some people add in diced green onion. Sounds delicious!
How do I store tomato cracker salad?
Y’all, the truth is… you shouldn’t. Tomato Cracker Salad is best served immediately. This is a side dish I’d save to mix up right before or as company is arriving. The water in tomatoes and the mayo can turn this dish soggy fairly quickly. If you do want this dish to last longer, consider laying your tomatoes out on a paper towel and letting some of the moisture be absorbed by the paper towel.
The good thing is this isn’t usually an issue because any company I’ve ever had over typically gobbles it up before I can hardly set it down. Enjoy!
How do you seed tomatoes?
- Wash your ripe tomatoes thoroughly and remove any dirt or debris.
- Cut your tomatoes in half horizontally.
- Hold your tomato halves over the sink or a bowl with the cut side facing down.
- Using a spoon or your finger, gently scoop out the seeds and goo.
Bonus tip: You can save your seeds for planting! Simply rinse them in a fine mesh strainer to remove the remaining goo. Then, spread out the seeds on a paper towel for a day or two until they are completely dry. Store them in a jar or a dry envelope in a dry, cool place until you are ready to plant them.
Tomato Cracker Salad
- 4 medium garden-fresh tomatoes
- 3/4 cup mayo
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers, coarsely broken
- Seed and coarsely chop the tomatoes. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes and and mayonnaise. Add the broken crackers and toss lightly to coat. Add salt and generous amounts of black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
This post was originally published on June 19, 2018 and updated May 26, 2023.