Mexican Panzanella Salad (Cornbread Salad)

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This beautiful layered salad is the perfect dish to take to the park for a picnic; the taste improves when made in advance. Cooking time includes chill time for salad.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dressing:.
  2. Add one tablespoon vinegar to milk and allow to set for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  4. Note: Dressing can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored, covered in the refrigerator.
  5. Assemble Salad:.
  6. In small bowl mix chopped avocados and lime juice; set aside.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, peppers, and 2 tablespoons cilantro; set aside.
  8. In large serving bowl spread 1/2 of corn bread over the bottom.
  9. Top cornbread with lettuce, then 1/2 of black beans.
  10. Spread 1/2 of tomato mixture over beans.
  11. Top with 1/2 of corn, 1/2 of cheese and 1/2 of avocado/lime mixture.
  12. Spoon 1/2 of dressing on top.
  13. Sprinkle 1/2 of bacon crumbles and 2 tablespoons cilantro on top.
  14. Repeat layer process, topping with bacon and cilantro.
  15. Cover and chill for several hours before serving.
Most Helpful

4 5

I really enjoyed this salad a lot. It is a clever adaptation of an Italian classic. I used store-bought cornbread which was very sweet. I love each and every ingredient and made it just as written. I am only sorry that it was too mushy to eat the next day as it made far more servings than stated. Great interpretation! Thanks for posting.

5 5

This is pretty layered into a clear glass bowl with the presentation striking & colorful. That said, we preferred the salad mixed before serving. There is plenty of the flavorful dressing to coat everything & soften the dry cornbread, but not so much that it was unbearably soggy. Even the leftovers the next day were still flavorful & pleasing. The dressing used here is very good. I've had southern style cornbread salad many times & this southwest spin on it is excellent. This ended up being one of my favorites from the contest.