Cornbread Salad is a wonderful old fashioned recipe that you need in your life!
There are so many wonderful recipes around this world and I’m blessed to have tried just a handful of them. I was raised on good Southern cooking. We grew things in our garden and cooked them up just right to lay out on a table with vegetables galore, meats, and hot cornbread or biscuits, fresh from the oven.
Cornbread Salad: Good Ole Southern Recipe
Have you ever heard of cornbread salad? I’ve heard of it for years but surprisingly, had never tasted it! After having person after person ask me if I had a recipe for it, one day Linda Wood posted on my Facebook page “Christy, you need to make cornbread salad sometime. I’ve got a recipe that I use and when I make it I could just about eat it all“. I had planned on working up a recipe of my own due to demand but when Linda posted that I responded “I think you’re right, Linda, and I think you should share your recipe with me!”
Lo and behold, she did! Now honestly, this is one of those dishes that is just really hard to imagine what it’s gonna taste like. I knew I liked everything in it, but I was going on faith in Linda and all of y’all that it was good. I made it when my Mother in law was here so I’d have a partner in crime to help me eat it and she and I were curious as all get out while I put it together. We didn’t even wait for it to get cold before we were dipping spoons in the bowl for a taste.
CORNBREAD SALAD, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?
My mother in law and I ate every blessed bit. Sure, it took us two days, but we’re no quitters. This stuff is amazing. It’s kind of in the same family as potato salad and definitely something you’d expect to find at a family reunion or barbecue.
I did alter this a bit from the traditional recipe but I’ll tell you exactly what I did in the notes and recipe so you can un-alter it if you like 🙂
The Ingredients You’ll Need For Cornbread Salad Are:
- Bell pepper
- Dry ranch dressing mix (optional)
- 1 pan crumbled cornbread
- Crisp fried bacon
How to Make Cornbread Salad Recipe Step By Step
- Pour ranch dressing mix into bowl with mayo.
You can skip this step if you just really like mayo, but if you’re like me and want a little something or if you just love the taste of ranch, do what I’m doing here.
- Then stir it up.
What is this? Well let me tell you one thing, it surely isn’t me adding in one teaspoon of bacon grease and stirring it up for an extra KAPOW of flavor.
No siree…it surely isn’t that.
Bacon Grease: Secret Ingredient 🙂
If you saved any bacon grease from your bacon, pour in one teaspoon but don’t tell anyone because they’ll react as if you’d told them you didn’t like mayonnaise! I’m not going to put this in the recipe so only the folks who read this part of the post will know this little secret ingredient.
- Stir it up til it’s all good and stirred up like.
- Dice up your tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, and drain your can of corn.
- Dump all that in a big bowl.
- Add in your crumbled bacon.
Make sure you taste some of the bacon to see if it is still good because it’s been sitting around for like…five minutes now…and it never hurts to test bacon 😉
- Crumble up your cornbread and dump that on top of the veggies.
- Stirry stirry
- Add in mayo mixture.
- Stir that up really good until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until chilled well.
- Garnish with beautiful sliced red tomatoes and serve cold.
- 1 pan cornbread see recipe here or use a package of cornbread mix
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1 bell pepper seeded and diced
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 15 ounce can whole kernel corn drained
- 1 pound bacon cooked until crisp and crumbled
- 2-3 cups mayonnaise I used two
- Bake cornbread. Cool and crumble and place in large bowl. Add in onions, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, corn, and bacon. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, place mayo and ranch mix (If using). Stir until well blended. Skip this step if using plain mayo.
- Add mayonnaise mixture to salad and stir until fully mixed. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving. ENJOY!
Linda Says: There are lots of ways to adjust this to suit your own taste by adding or leaving out ingredients. Corn or pinto beans (drained) can be added as can diced pickles or black olives or grated cheddar. I prefer the more plain one but with all that lovely mayonnaise there isn't much that can mess it up.
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I’m happier than a bird with a french fry!
~Unknown, but an awfully good way to feel!