Cornbread Salad

Total Time:
3 hr 20 min
30 min
2 hr 50 min

10 to 12 servings

  • Cornbread:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeno peppers
  • Dressing:
  • 1 package ranch style dressing mix
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 recipe cornbread
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped chile peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups bacon pieces
  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast iron skillet with vegetable oil and heat in oven. In a medium bowl combine buttermilk and eggs, and stir. Add cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and jalapeno peppers, while stirring briskly. Pour batter into hot skillet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.


Combine ranch dressing mix, sour cream and mayonnaise and set aside. Place 1/2 of the crumbled cornbread in the bottom of a large serving bowl. Top with 1 can of pinto beans. Follow with 1/2 of the cheese, tomatoes, bell peppers, green onions, chile peppers, bacon, corn, and dressing mixture. Repeat ending with the dressing mixture. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

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    Our whole family loves this recipe!!
    I bring this salad to my family events, tailgating events, girls nights in..and it's ALWAYS a hit!

    I have a vegetarian friend, and I use soy bacon, I don't tell anyone it's soy bacon, and everyone still loves it!

    I substitute a sweet onion for the green onions last time I made it and it was even more of a hit!

    As leftovers, this salad makes a great dip!
    I mixed 1 part ranch with 2 parts fresh salsa, it was delish!
    I love this salad. A friend made this and I had to have the recipe. Since then I made it for a family get-together. Everyone loved it, including my picky sister.
    It makes a lot so it's perfect for large gatherings. Make sure you use a big bowl! I do substitute 3 cans of Rotel instead of chopped tomatoes, it adds a little spice. Super Easy too!
    I made this for July 4th. I had some much leftover that went in the garbage. The flavors did not mesh well together and the mayo was overpowering. It was a nice idea but I felt it did not work.
    I made this dish for 4th of july.It didn't go over very well. the dish was very dry.
    I substituted my favorite Southern Cornbread recipe that I found years ago on a Clabber Girl can. Otherwise, I followed the recipe to the letter. It was a big success at two different picnics and I plan to make it again this weekend. It makes a huge amount so there are always leftovers which is just fine with me because it keeps well and I get to enjoy it for a few extra days.
    one of my favs great taste easy to fix
    Took a bit of planning to prepare but my guests were talking about this one for days afterwards... my mom suggested store-bought cornbread muffins which would have saved loads of time and effort! I had some leftovers which found there way baked into the middle layer of a mexican casserole... & YUM again!
    I used green onion and red onion and I increased the amout of bacon to 2 cups. It was a good recipe because you can change ingredients and it still tastes good. I will use this recipe again
    This turned out alright. I took it to a picnic and only half was eaten. I don't think I'll make it again.
    The hit of our July 4th picnic. I have been making this for years and it is always a favorite, and easy too.
    This was a family hit during the holiday. Its light, sweet and refreshing at the same time. My family hates new thing, but people were beging for this recipe at the end of the night. To make it faster try a boxed corn bread and omit one can of pinto and add black beans. Its fantastic!!
    Very different salad, perfect for a BBQ or other casual party. Easy to make - I intentionally left out the pinto beans and it was still delicious.
    I prepared this salad for a family reunion and I noticed most everyone went for seconds. Great with Barbeque!
    I was hesitant about the ranch mix, but, the way it is made does not make it taste like ranch salad dressing. I used red onion instead of greeen and it tasted great! This recipe makes a lot of salad, but it will go fast!
    I made this for our oil rig crew on the North Slope of Alaska and it was throughly enjoyed and complimented. The guys were ready for more.
    I made this for Thanksgiving this year instead of my usually dry cornbread dressing. It was wonderful!!! Everyone enjoyed it and now I have a new holiday dish.

    Get for all others that are dressing challenged!!!
    I love southern food and this is the most unique southern dish. It's amazing
    The salad was tasty and filling. Not heavy at all. Goes well with baked chicken.
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