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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


Green Pepper

Boiled Eggs


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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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

  • 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
  • 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.

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

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