There are a bunch of staple side dishes every summer bbq table needs- potato salad, pickles, corn on the cob, etc. Well, if you're a fan of tomato sandwiches, we have a recipe for your next potluck. Tomato Cracker Salad. Okay, it might sound a little strange, but give it a chance!
A classic southern dish, this salad recipe takes ripe, summer tomatoes and combines them with crushed saltine crackers, mayonnaise, black pepper, and kosher salt. That's all it takes! If you want to add even more flavor, you can thinly slice up some green onions for a mild onion flavor.
Something to keep in mind when you make Southern Tomato Cracker Salad. If you have the time, you can discard the tomato seeds. They usually water down the salad even more and don't add much to the dish. However, if you don't have the time to take the seeds out, no need to worry. Also, be sure to serve this side dish immediately. The water content from the tomatoes mixed with the mayonnaise makes the saltine crackers turn soggy. You want the crackers to still be a bit crispy when folks dive in. Good thing this is an easy recipe, so you can prep the ingredients beforehand and toss quickly before serving.
How to Make Tomato Cracker Salad
To make this Tomato Cracker Salad, start by seeding (if you have the time) and chopping 4 medium, fresh tomatoes and place in a medium bowl. If you have heirloom tomatoes, those will work beautifully. Whatever tomatoes you can find that are in season, go for it! Next, add in mayonnaise and gently combine the two ingredients.
Take a sleeve of saltine crackers and crush them into pieces. If you don't have saltine crackers on hand, Club crackers or Ritz crackers will also work here. Try not to break the crackers down too much. You don't want a ton of crumbs-about bite-sized pieces. Toss the cracker pieces into the mixing bowl along with the black pepper and salt and give it all a quick toss. Give it a taste and check for seasonings before immediately serving to guests. This is a great dish to serve at a summer bbq, potluck, or picnic lunch.
Prep Time: 15 minutes |
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup mayonaise
1 sleeve saltine crackers, broken into pieces
Seed and chop 4 medium, fresh tomatoes and place in a medium bowl. Add in mayonnaise and gently combine the two ingredients.
Take a sleeve of saltine crackers and crush them into pieces. Toss the cracker pieces into the mixing bowl along with the black pepper and salt and give it all a quick toss. Give it a taste and check for seasonings before immediately serving to guests.