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Colorful Cornbread Salad

When my garden comes in, I harvest the veggies for potluck dishes. I live in the South, and we think bacon and cornbread make everything better, even salad! —Rebecca Clark, Warrior, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 + chilling
  • Makes
    14 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
  • 4 to 6 cups torn romaine
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare cornbread batter according to package directions. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • Coarsely crumble cornbread into a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, salad dressing mix and adobo sauce.
  • In a 3-qt. trifle bowl or glass bowl, layer a third of the cornbread and half of each of the following: romaine, tomatoes, pepper, onion, bacon, cheese and mayonnaise mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cornbread and, if desired, additional chopped tomato and bacon. Refrigerate, covered, 2-4 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 407 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 821mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • smitty1959
    Oct 4, 2020

    stephspitzer 1. She states the reason on why she said it, "and we think bacon and cornbread make everything better". 2. We people in the South are VERY proud people of our heritage & our food. Maybe people in the East or Southwest aren't as proud. as we are. IDK, ask them. 3. It may be obnoxious to you, but that doesn't make it wrong for anyone to say it. I think your review was obnoxious, but it's a free world.

  • Mary
    Sep 24, 2020

    Delish! I toasted cornbread in some butter to make extra crunchy. Yummy! Great dinner salad...very satisfying.

  • jamiG
    Nov 16, 2018

    This was delicious! The cornbread was an awesome twist

  • stephspitzer
    Jun 25, 2018

    I've had much better cornbread salad; the adobo sauce is overpowering and frankly, disgusting in this recipe. On a side note - why do people from the South always have to trumpet the fact that they're from the South? You rarely if ever hear "Well I'm from the East and we..." or "I'm from the Southwest and we..." -- it's obnoxious - please stop.