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The final stop on my week-long roadtrip cutting through the center of the country – from eastern Minnesota to western Tennessee and back – was at the Starboard Market in Clear Lake, Iowa.

It’s one of my favorite restaurants, but it’s more than two hours from where I live, so I can’t go often.

I’ve been there three times and have been so impressed with their creative menu and array of salads and scratch-made desserts. This time, I tried a cornbread salad. I loved it so much that I had to try my own version soon after I came back.

Ingredients to make Spicy Cornbread Salad. Click through for recipe instructions.

About The Recipe: Cornbread Salad

This cornbread salad recipe is interesting, combining the slightly sweet flavor of cornbread with the saltiness of olives and spiciness of jalapenos.

This is a very versatile recipe – if you’re not into spicy food, you could certainly substitute other flavors as well. You could add in virtually any ingredient that you would put in a traditional macaroni or potato salad: onions, green peppers, bacon, celery, cheese, etc.

This is a budget-friendly recipe for a couple of reasons:

  • Cornbread is the base of this salad. Next time you are making cornbread as a part of your meal, make a double batch and use the rest for this salad.
  • It’s customizable: You can easily substitute any add-ins that you happen to have on hand, allowing you to use up extra ingredients instead of buying more.

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Bring this budget-friendly salad to your next potluck or picnic!

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Spicy Cornbread Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Start with your favorite cornbread recipe or mix, enough for an 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan.


  • One batch of cornbread (8x8 or 9x9-inch pan size)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or more, depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 1/4 cup jarred jalapenos (not fresh)
  • 1/3 cup chopped bacon
  • Handful of pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Crumble prepared cornbread in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix mayonaise with spices and desired add-ins. Combine cornbread with the mayonnaise mixture. Add in more mayonnaise if desired. Chill and serve.

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