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Tomato Cracker Salad

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Tomato Cracker Salad is a must-have for Southerners like myself, and there’s no better summer recipe than this easy recipe made with ripe tomatoes, mayo, and saltine crackers. Serve at your next BBQ!

tomato cracker salad with mayo and green onions as garnish
a southern delicacy

If you’ve never had a tomato cracker salad, you’re in for a treat. Now, if you’re not from the south this may seem crazy, but let me tell you, it’s delicious. Here in Appalachia, we serve this salad with everything from cornbread to soup beans or even as a standalone recipe!


For this simple southern cracker salad recipe, all you need are saltines, mayonnaise, ripe tomatoes and salt/pepper. Top it all off with optional green onions for garnish.

ingredients for tomato cracker salad
ingredients for tomato cracker salad

how to make tomato cracker salad

Follow these instructions for perfect cracker salad with tomatoes and mayo.

instructions for making tomato cracker salad with mayonnaise
steps for making tomato cracker salad
  1. Gently crush saltine crackers (any brand will do)
  2. Add in 4-5 ripe tomatoes and cold mayonnaise
  3. Fold ingredients together, taking care to not over-mix
  4. Serve immediately


  • serve immediately, while the crackers are still crunchy
  • use only ripe tomatoes
  • cold Hellman’s mayonnaise is recommended
spoonful of tomato cracker salad
spoonful of tomato cracker salad



This dish is best consumed immediately and while the mayo is still cold.


Add in these ingredients for extra flavor:

  • grilled corn
  • bacon
  • jalapeño
  • bell pepper
  • diced onion
bowl of mayo cracker salad with tomatoes next to a newspaper
tomato salad with mayonnaise and crackers

what to serve with tomato cracker salad

Serve tomato mayo salad with chicken, pork chops, or burgers. It’s also great by itself!

tomato cracker mayo salad with green onion

Tomato Cracker Salad

This Tomato Cracker Salad is made with ripe red tomatoes, mayonnaise, and crushed saltine crackers for the ultimate Southern summer salad.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Appalachian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Amber


  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • 4 tomatoes large, ripe, diced
  • ¾ cup Mayonnaise Hellman's or preferred brand
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped, optional, garnish
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper or to taste


  • Gently crush saltines while still in the sleeve.
  • Add crackers to a bowl and cover with chopped tomatoes.
  • Fold in mayonnaise and add salt and pepper. Garnish with green onion (optional).


  • serve immediately 
  • you may mix and chill the mayo and tomatoes ahead of time before adding to your crushed crackers
  • Hellman’s mayonnaise is recommended


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1082IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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