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Cornbread Salad (Easy Layered Salad)

Featuring skillet cornbread mixed with veggies, cheese, and bacon, this Southern Cornbread Salad recipe is one of the family favorites, and it’s also one of my favorite recipes to make sure that we’re getting all our veggies while also eating food that tastes delicious.

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Whether this is your first time making it or it’s a repeat at the family reunion, this amazing recipe is always the star of the show!

Southern Cornbread Salad Recipe

If you like healthy eating, this easy cornbread salad recipe is not only a great dish for family dinner, but it’s a big hit no matter where you bring it, from a party or barbecue to a family gathering or church picnic.

This delicious salad is a southern classic and a good way to make sure you don’t go home with any leftovers! Plus the layers make a beautiful presentation. Like this overnight 7 Layer Salad.

Start with a Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread. I love the crispy edges that it gives and it stands up to the creamy dressing.

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Ingredients Needed

Skillet cornbread – You can use one 16 ounce package prepared, or 6 large cornbread muffins

Tomatoes – Roma or grape tomatoes work best.

Bell peppers – I personally prefer red bell pepper or green bell pepper for a beautiful color.

Pinto beans – Switch out for black beans if necessary, or black olives for those who don’t like beans. 

Green onions – If necessary, substitute with red onion or sweet onion. 

Bacon – If you want to make it healthier, try swap out for turkey bacon strips. 

Sharp cheddar cheese – Swap out for spicy pepper jack cheese if desired.

Frozen corn – Canned corn or fresh corn work great too.

Mayo – Duke’s is my favorite! Swap for low fat or even yogurt.  

Sour cream – Sub sour cream with greek yogurt if need be. 

Ranch dressing mix – Switch out for taco seasoning for more of a kick.

How To Make Southern Cornbread Salad

First – Prepare cornbread based on package directions. After cooled, cut the pan of cornbread into cubes or chunks and place in a medium bowl.

Second – In a small bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, and seasoning. Stir until combined and set aside salad dressing mix.

Third – In a large bowl or quart trifle bowl, begin layering half batch of the salad ingredients. Layering in this order: crumbled cornbread, beans, peppers, tomatoes, green onion, cheese, bacon, corn, and dressing.

Fourth – Repeat using the rest of the ingredients, until all additional ingredients have been layered. 

Fifth – Top the cornbread mix with any remaining ranch mixture, along with green onions, crispy bacon, and/or shredded cheddar cheese.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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What Does Cornbread Salad Pair Well With?

Although this can be either a side dish or a main dish salad, because it is a mix of sweet cornbread, crunchy veggies, and crispy bacon, it pairs well with something light like a side salad with romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce.

Cornbread recipes also go well with other southern comfort foods like potato salad or fried chicken. 

Can I Make This Dish Ahead of Time? 

This layered salad is definitely a “make ahead” recipe, as the ingredients can be prepped up to 2 days beforehand. I suggest keeping the cornbread separate in a glass bowl or trifle dish covered with plastic wrap in the hours before serving.

The veggies and dressing mixture can be prepared and stored in the fridge in an empty dish, as long as it’s an airtight container. To ensure a beautiful presentation, combine in the same manner as mentioned in the recipe card.

Leftover cornbread doesn’t go to waste! If you still have some hanging around after making this salad, try my cornbread dressing balls.

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Can I Make This Recipe Vegetarian? 

If you want to find salad recipes for the vegetarians you know, this is one of the best things. The bacon can be removed, or replaced with a veggie bacon substitute. 

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Tips for No Leftovers

  • For best results, use homemade cornbread! I recommend making a batch of cornbread the day before, and giving the leftover cornbread plenty of time to cool to room temperature before breaking it up.
  • If you want to mix up the layers, combine tomatoes and peppers into one.
  • Using frozen corn kernels, you don’t need to thaw beforehand. They will thaw while the salad is chilling.
  • Switch up the peppers and try red pepper or green pepper instead of the yellow or orange.
  • For creamy ranch dressing, use plenty of mayonnaise and sour cream for your dressing.
  • If you like spice, I recommend adding chili powder into your dressing, and including things like green chilis or jalapeno peppers to the tomato mixture.
  • Season this recipe with a teaspoon salt or pepper as necessary.
  • For those who really like muffin tops, try creating cornbread in a muffin cup, rather than in a pan.

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With sweet cornbread, veggies, bacon, and cheese, this tasty salad is a great recipe to make when you want comfort food that’s still healthy. I made my own version of cornbread salad for my family last week, and got a resounding positive response to this great salad! 

clear trifle bowl with layered salad in it

Cornbread Salad

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Whether this is your first time making it or it’s a repeat at the family reunion, this amazing cornbread salad recipe is always the star of the show!

Ingredients

Cornbread Salad

  • 1 batch skillet cornbread (one 16 ounce package prepared, or 6 large cornbread muffins)
  • 2 large tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1 large red or orange bell pepper (seeded, ribbed, and diced)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 bunch green onions (sliced)
  • 1 (12 or 16 ounce) package bacon (cooked, chopped)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounces frozen corn kernels (thawed)

Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Ranch dressing mix

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cornbread. Once cooked and cooled, cut into cubes or tear into chunks.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayo. Sour cream, and seasoning. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. In a large trifle bowl build the salad in layers by using half of each of the ingredients each time.
  4. Layer in this order.
  • Cornbread
  • Pinto Beans
  • Bell Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Onions
  • Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Corn
  • Dressing
  1. Then repeat the layers to use the remaining half of the ingredients.
  2. Garnish the top layer of dressing with green onions, bacon, and/or cheese.

Notes

  • For best results, use homemade cornbread! I recommend making a batch of cornbread the day before, and giving the leftover cornbread plenty of time to cool to room temperature before breaking it up.
  • If you want to mix up the layers, combine tomatoes and peppers into one.
  • Using frozen corn kernels, you don't need to thaw beforehand. They will thaw while the salad is chilling.
  • Switch up the peppers and try red pepper or green pepper instead of the yellow or orange.
  • For creamy ranch dressing, use plenty of mayonnaise and sour cream for your dressing.
  • If you like spice, I recommend adding chili powder into your dressing, and including things like green chilis or jalapeno peppers to the tomato mixture.
  • Season this recipe with a teaspoon salt or pepper as necessary.
  • For those who really like muffin tops, try creating cornbread in a muffin cup, rather than in a pan.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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