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Lettuce and Tomato Salad with Mayo

In this post I’m sharing a vintage recipe for Lettuce and Tomato Salad with Mayo.

This old fashioned recipe is many decades old and I recall my mother making it when I was growing up.

The basic recipe is quite simple and you’ll find slight variations such as the addition of onion or a boiled egg.

I honestly don’t know if this was just a Southern thing or not but I know many Southern folks grew up eating this mayonnaise based salad.

Mayonnaise was a popular “dressing” back then and you’ll find it in many old school recipes such as classic pea salad, pear salad, pineapple salad and Waldorf salad.

I’ve mentioned before that I think using mayonnaise was so popular because that is what was available, there weren’t the many varieties of salad dressings that we have available today.

This particular mayonnaise salad also happens to be one of my husband’s favorites. He requested that I make one over the weekend and I thought I should share it with y’all too because I haven’t done that yet.

Vegetable Salad with Mayonnaise Dressing

Recipe for how to make a classic mayonnaise salad with photos of mayonnaise salad served in a white platter

Can I substitute Miracle Whip for Mayonnaise in this salad? You can if you’re fond of Miracle Whip since it is technically a salad dressing. I do recommend trying it with mayonnaise first. 

Which mayonnaise is best? For us the best mayonnaise is Duke’s but that is what I grew up with. It will vary according to your own personal tastes and likely what you have available in your area.

How to make mayonnaise salad? This salad is very simple to prepare and it is as easy as tossing the ingredients with a small amount of mayonnaise, just enough to lightly glaze the vegetables then season with salt and pepper.

Creamy Lettuce and Tomato Salad

Printable recipe for an old fashioned mayonnaise salad with lettuce and tomato

“Traditions are part of the illustrious monogrammed fabric that make up our DNA. They are the core building blocks of our Southerness. When we bleed, we bleed the colors of our football team and an excess amount of sweet tea. We do not take traditions too seriously at all because we are Southern. We are tradition.” ~ Jacklyn R.

Did you grow up eating this old school salad recipe? I’d love to know if you did, so leave me a comment and share your memories with us.

I don’t think that myself nor my husband are the only folks who have fond memories of the foods that we grew up with. That is something instilled in all of us.

I will always cherish the memories of recipes, cooking, and sharing meals with the wonderful cooks in my family.

Variations of this salad: add diced onion (my husband’s favorite, top with a sliced boiled egg, or add bacon to make it a BLT salad.

Lettuce and Tomato Salad with Mayo

Yield: 6 Salad Servings

Lettuce and Tomato Salad with Mayo

Old school mayonnaise salad with lettuce and tomatoes is a Southern favorite recipe

Vintage recipe for a Southern mayonnaise salad with lettuce and tomatoes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 Head of Crisp Iceberg Lettuce, chopped
  • 4 Beefsteak Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 c Mayonnaise
  • 1 Small Onion, diced (optional)
  • Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Add the chopped lettuce, tomato and onion (if using) to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Next add the mayonnaise, beginning with a quarter cup, and lightly toss then add another quarter cup if needed so that the salad is lightly coated.
  3. Season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour before serving.


Mayonnaise salad can be topped with sliced boiled egg, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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Tuesday 13th of February 2024

This is a delicious salad, simple but good. My version has a tiny amount of milk to thin the mayo and just a pinch of sugar. I also add a little red onion. This was a staple at church covered dish suppers. There was also a BBQ place. I’m not going to call it a restaurant, it was a small place with about 6 tables (they might have even been picnic tables). When you walked in the old fella took your order at the counter, then went to the back to prepare it. He asked one question—sandwich or plate? If you got a plate, it was the chopped pork, combination salad, and a slice of white loaf bread. The sandwich had no sides. It was some good BBQ. Even today, a local fresh seafood vendor offers a few items prepared and a choice of a few side items. Their coleslaw is actually a combination salad made with cabbage instead of lettuce.

Vivian cannot

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

My mom called this Texas salad with eggs in it. Off to make it now !!!!!! Loved it !!!!!!@


Monday 22nd of November 2021

I'm so glad you posted this. I've been searching online for days to find a recipe for my mom's "lettuce, egg, and onion salad" I'd begun to think I would never find it. I wasn't sure if it was mayo used in it, so this confirmed it. As you can see, my mom added hard boiled eggs chopped up as well, and no tomatoes. We were just gifted a dozen heads of lettuce, and I can't wait to make this!

Julia Jordan

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I'm happy that you found a recipe that reminds you of the salad that you grew up with. Enjoy the recipe! ~Julia

Melissa A Dana

Thursday 19th of August 2021

I added crumbled bacon to make it a BLT salad. Deliciou!

Julia Jordan

Friday 20th of August 2021

I'm all about the bacon! YUM!!

Lynn Vining

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

I love your vintage recipes! I try to share my recipes that have been handed down for generation to generation. I really don't want to see these recipes fade away! Keep up the good work Julia!!!

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