Have you ever had Cornbread Salad? It’s hands-down my favorite summer supper. I can assure you there are more recipes for cornbread salad than you can shake a stick at. But I actually don’t use a recipe at all, and that’s the beauty of it. Improvising with the ingredients I have on hand keeps it carefree and spontaneous.
I start off with a small batch of cornbread that’s not sweet. (I’m not a sweet cornbread fan, but sweet works just fine, too.) Once it’s cooled, the cornbread’s cut into bite-size pieces.
Now for the salad assembly, which I do hours in advance: First, I layer half the cornbread pieces in my biggest salad bowl. (I’ll tell you why I use a big bowl later.) Let me stop right here and say that homegrown tomatoes have always been the star of my cornbread salad, which is why I only make it in July, August, and September. I use more tomatoes than any other ingredient. Alright, so I top the cornbread pieces with a really thick layer of chopped tomato sprinkled with salt, then add a shallow layer of any or all of the following: shredded lettuce, whole kernel corn, chopped green or sweet onion, kidney or black beans, chopped cucumber, cooked crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese. Next I spread a nice thick layer of ranch dressing over it all.
Then I repeat the layering process, ending with a layer of ranch dressing.
It’s best to cover and refrigerate this for at least 2 hours. I prefer to toss it before serving so that the juices from the tomato and the creamy dressing coat all the ingredients. The tossing is why I use my biggest salad bowl; otherwise, you’d be looking at a mess.
Cornbread salad is perfect alongside anything coming off the grill—pork tenderloin, flank steak, chicken, or fish.
Bobby Deen did a lightened version of cornbread salad for the magazine. For his Tex-Mex Cornbread Salad, click here.
Until next time, stay cool and eat well.
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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm