Cornucopia Salad

"I saw this on Paula's Home Cooking. I've not made it yet. May try for this weekend. Please let me know what you think! (sounds really odd.)"
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Ready In:
3hrs 28mins




  • In a large rectangular dish, layer salad ingredients in the order listed, stopping after the nuts.
  • Mix dressing ingredients and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Spread dressing over entire top of salad, covering it completely.
  • Sprinkle cheese, green onions, and bacon over salad.
  • Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

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  1. I liked it!! So did my adult friends. The kids, however, were picking out the stuff they didn't like. I don't like bell pepper, so I didn't use that. The recipe has 2 16-oz cans of water chestnuts, but the real recipe on the food network calls for 2 8-oz cans. I also toasted the nuts (pecans) and used golden raisins instead of regular ones. It kept really well over night and is still crisp on the third day! One key to the recipe, I think, is to use bananas that are not very ripe. I used yellow ones that still had a touch of green and no brown spots. I think riper ones would have been too overpowering.
  2. Weird and wonderful!
  3. Took this to a friend's house as a side dish to fried chicken and it was a HUGE HIT! This traveled well and was loved by all. I will definitely make it again!
  4. This is lick-the-plate delicious! I've made it a few times over the years and it's always a huge hit!
  5. This is truly wonderful! I tried it after seeing Paula make it and have been a fan ever since! Don't let all the odd ingredients scare you! This truly is an awesome'll be beggin' for more!


  1. This salad is delicious. i tried it today. I used real bacon bits instead of sliced bacon & i added 1/4 cup od O'Charley's honey mustard salad dressing to the dressing. Delicious!!


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