cornbread salad

Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad: If you're from the South you might know this and if not, it's not as crazy as it sounds but it is crazy good!

My sister told me about Cornbread Salad. I mean, really, if she hadn’t raved, I never would have made it. I think she MADE me make it and report back, lol! I fell in love with it. Hard. Strange ingredients, but it’s like a miracle. The miracle of Cornbread Salad.

Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad: Talk about AWESOME deliciousness!

So if you haven’t ever heard of it, you crumble up cornbread and then add just about every delicious, wonderful thing you can to it. Yeah, it’s an indulgence but one that’s sooo worth it.

I’m giving you the recipe how my Sis told me to make it, but there’s so many ways this Cornbread Salad can be riffed on. It can even take a decidedly Southwestern tack with Black Beans or Pinto Beans, and some Taco Seasoning, maybe black olives and green onion and/or salsa. Some people even put iceberg lettuce in this – can you imagine? In a salad, lol?

The one thing my Sister insisted on was that you HAVE to use a packet of dry Ranch seasoning (I like my Home-Made Ranch Dressing Mix in this) rather than a bottle. It’s like the magic ingredient. I think this is best made with a cornbread like my Southern Skillet Cornbread – a little dryer and holds up better than a cake type cornbread.

Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad

If you want to make Cornbread Salad “pretty” layer it in a trifle bowl, but in all seriousness, Cornbread Salad is at it’s best when all the ingredients are jumbled up and happy together and it sits for a while. See, I took the pic, then dumped it all in a bowl and mixed it together. Coz that’s how I’m eating it!

The cornbread is going to absorb some of that dressing – well kind of like a Panzanella Salad. Until it’s all mingled up, imho, it’s just not a real Cornbread Salad.

Of course, if time allows, you’ll want to make your cornbread for this salad, and my Southern Skillet Cornbread is easy and hardly takes any time at all. I don’t eat a lot of bacon (although I managed to eat all the bacon I reserved to garnish the top of the bowl, lol) but I look for it on sale, especially around holidays and toss it in the freezer. It’s usually around 1/2 price and hardly takes up any room.

cornbread salad

Cornbread Salad – not as crazy as it sounds!!

Cornbread Salad

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pan skillet cornbread
  • 1/2 diced red onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated large
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 2-3 cups mayonnaise

Crumble cooled cornbread into a large bowl. Add in the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese.

Mix the Ranch with the mayo and add to the cornbread mixture. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for several hours.

To layer: Use about 1/3 of the cornbread on the bottom, then 1/4 of the ranch/mayo mix. Sprinkle on 1/3 of the onion, bell pepper, tomato and corn. Repeat with a second and third layer, then top with the last of the ranch/mayo mix, and finish off with bacon and cheese.


I’ll be bringing this to Fiesta Friday #198, hosted this week by two women of great taste; both well seasoned bloggers: Judi @ and Liz @ Spades, Spatulas and Spoons.This is going to be a fun party with all kinds of Holiday foods!


42 thoughts on “Cornbread Salad

    • FrugalHausfrau

      When my sister first told me about this I thought it sounded crazy but it is sooo good! And great party food, for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Laura Lee Smith

    So delicious… I just had this over my son’s house. His step mom made this delicious dish and I came straight home and looked up the recipe. You might wanna double the recipe…. Yes, it’s that good!!!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks Laura!! I appreciate it and darn it all, now it’s late and I’m thinking about cornbread salad, lol!!

  2. great holiday recipe!โ€ฆi am definitely making green bean bundles this Christmas!โ€ฆhere are some more ideas for holiday foodsโ€ฆโ€ฆbj, author, near a river

  3. I’ve never heard of cornbread salad, but I’m a big fan of all the different ingredients, so I’m guessing I’d love the end result. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. The first time I had this salad was on a bus trip with some quilters on a shop hop. One of the quilt shops offered us lunch and this was one of the dishes that went with the lunch. The shop owner refused to give us the recipe so I am tickled to see this post. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Wow, I have had that experience with people refusing to share – which is something that i think is so odd. I’m always excited when I go through my Grandma’s or Mom’s or my recipe box and see notated on the upper right corner where the recipe came from – I mean those people, even when long gone, are immortalized in a small way, right? I can take a minute to remember Great Aunt Gladys, for instance.

      I hope this lives up to your expectations. It’s very easy to tweak. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I have Quinn’s recipe for this salad and still have not made it. (I actually made his salad one of my features and Angie chose it).Your recipe is giving me the incentive to try yours as I know it would be terrific with all those great ingredients. Thanks for bringing your cornbread salad to Fiesta Friday Mollie ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have to say that does look pretty darn good and sounds wonderful!! Now you have me tempted. For some reason anything you post with cornmeal in it makes me want to make it and I basically never use cornmeal otherwise. It makes no sense, but I’m ok with it!

    • Haha! It’s funny because I think I like cornmeal more now than when I was younger. Shall we just say our tastes have become more sophisticated? *g* Have you gone through your huge bag of cornmeal yet?

  7. Whoa Mollie– I never even imagined such a thing as cornbread salad!! But that’s what sisters are for– passing on good recipes (among other things). It looks so fun– What do serve it with?? I’m imaging with burgers, or something bar-b-qued?? thanks for the recipe (and thank you sis!). hugs!

    • Nancy, I usually go a little closer to the 2 cup amount = but you are absolutely right. This salad is an abomination and I can hardly believe it’s even on my blog but it is just so darned good.

      This is normally the kind of old school down home type of recipe that I would try to add a bit of sophistication to, healthify or as I sometimes say “fabulously frugalize” but in this case, Nancy, it would be sacriledge, lol!

    • Exactly, Suzanne. I can’t tell you how good it is, all those flavors just mingle together. Funny thing is, I’m not a “Ranch” person, I’m pretty iffy about cornbread, I could take or leave the corn in it, especially since it’s canned and it’s cold, I rarely eat bacon, and the whole thing is strange…but I absolutely love it. There’s just something magical about it.

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