« on: April 09, 2013, 06:43:01 PM »
This is absolutely FANTASTIC!
Cornbread salads are a true favorite here in the South. This variation has sort of evolved through the years in my kitchen because of our love of spicy foods, Southwestern and Tex-Mex flavors. The fresh pico de gallo, is a must and takes my salad over the top. It also stays true to the type of food that inspired my take on this classic. This salad needs to be made ahead to allow the flavors to fully develop. If you plan on serving this salad for dinner, it can be made during early morning for the best same day results. Otherwise, overnight is ideal for the full impact and flavor combination to shine.
For the salad you'll need:
1 7.5 oz. box of cornbread mix plus ingredients to prepare
2 12 oz. packages frozen Southwestern Corn [like Steamfresh] OR 2 11 oz. cans of Mexi-Corn
1 15 oz. can of black beans drained and rinsed
2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend
8 oz. shredded iceberg lettuce
12 oz. bacon cooked, crumbled and cooled
1/2 cup sour cream [for the top]
For the spicy ranch dressing:
1 1.0 oz package of Spicy Ranch dressing mix
1 1/3 cups milk/buttermilk
1 cup mayonnaise
For the pico de gallo you'll need:
6 medium Roma tomatoes
1 medium purple onion
1 medium jalapeno pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbs. lime juice
garlic salt and black pepper to taste
Prepare the cornbread per the instructions on the package and cool. Divide into thirds. Prepare the dressing using 1 1/3 cup of milk/buttermilk and 1 cup of mayo, then chill until assembling the salad. This is slightly more milk than called for on the package, but, I prefer the dressing a little thinner for this salad.
Mix the beans and mexicorn together-
Layer starting with 1/3 layer of lettuce.. Beans and corn- Bacon- Pico de gallo- cornbread- dsg.- Cheese. It doesn't really matter how you layer it- That's how I layered it.
Top with a bit of Pico de gallo on top of the sour cream because it's pretty- Best if you make it in the morning and let it set and flavors meld all day. And even better the next day.