Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Old-Fashioned Tomato and Saltine Cracker Salad

A salad of fresh, garden tomatoes and sweet, summer Vidalia onions, mixed with a salt and pepper mayonnaise dressing and finished with broken saltine crackers, right before serving. It's reminiscent in flavor, of a tomato sandwich!
A salad of fresh, garden tomatoes and sweet, summer Vidalia onions, mixed with a salt and pepper mayonnaise dressing and finished with broken saltine crackers, right before serving. It's reminiscent in flavor, of a tomato sandwich!

Old-Fashioned Tomato and Saltine Cracker Salad

Okay, okay... I know that if you've never heard of this before, you're thinking that just doesn't sound right! I get it.

Crackers? Mixed with tomatoes and mayonnaise? It does sound a little odd, and I know, you're thinking mushy, soggy, wet crackers right? Truth is, it's a salad that has been around, at least in the south, for a long time, and, it's actually very, very good.

The crackers come in at the end, just before serving, so that there is still crunch and texture to them against the soft tomatoes and wet dressing. Honestly, just think along the lines of a tomato sandwich. That's what this flavor profile will remind you of!

You can make this as simple as garden fresh tomatoes, mayo, salt and plenty of pepper, and crumbled saltines, but I like a little Vidalia onion with mine too - sometimes green onion, sometimes both. I also like to bump up the seasonings a tad beyond salt and pepper, adding some Cajun seasoning and a little garlic powder. Delicious!

As always, full recipe text with measurements and instructions, as well as a printable document, are a little bit further down the page. Just swipe or scroll past the step by step pictures below.


Here's how I make my Old Fashioned Tomato and Saltine Cracker Salad!

You must start with good tomatoes, preferably homegrown! Cut them into good sized chunks. The focus here is the tomatoes. I enjoy sweet summer Vidalia onions in mine, though they can be left out, if you'd rather. Chop those up and toss with the tomatoes. Combine mayonnaise and seasonings and add to tomatoes; gently toss, taste and adjust for seasonings. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill.


Just before serving, add enough of the crumbled saltine crackers for desired texture and toss. While you can use any cracker you like, saltines are more sturdy and hold up better than a softer, butter cracker. Transfer to serving bowl and serve immediately. Serves about 4.


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Recipe: Old-Fashioned Cracker Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Inactive time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 10 min
Yield: About 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 cups large cut chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning, or to taste, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers, coarsely broken
Instructions

Toss tomatoes with onion in a large, lidded bowl. Combine mayonnaise and seasonings and add to tomatoes; gently toss, taste and adjust for seasonings. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill. Just before serving, add enough of the crumbled crackers for desired texture and toss. Transfer to serving bowl and serve immediately. Serves about 4.

Cook's Notes: Swap the mayonnaise for Ranch dressing. Add 4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon if desired, reserving a pinch for garnish. Other additions folks like to add include shredded cheese, chopped pickled jalapeno and/or boiled eggs.

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