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What to Do With Leftover Cornbread: Make a Southern Cornbread Layered Salad

Don't pitch the leftover cornbread, even if it is a little dry! Instead make a layered salad. The salad is great for warmer weather and is easy to make and stash in the refrigerator. This is a family favorite and, unlike many variations of southern cornbread salads, this one doesn't require a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dressing to make it. The salad requires a fair amount of chopping, but it's easy to do, and the salad is impressive when you're finished. Don't be deterred by the long list of ingredients--most make up the salad dressing, which is also easy. Feel free to make the salad a day or two ahead. It's great for a family or picnic dinner outside. You can serve the salad as a main course by simply adding some chopped ham to it (although, I admit, I often use low-fat turkey ham--my Virginia/southern credentials may be revoked, but, hey, I'm from northern Virginia, anyway). I use a combination of spinach and arugula for the salad greens--sweet and slightly bitter greens--but you can use what you like. The salad is filling, tasty, and great for lunches, if you have any left.

Southern Cornbread Layered Salad

Southern Cornbread Layered Salad -- Serve 8+

3 cups of prepared cornbread, crumbled, divided

2 cups of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, divided

1 cup of chopped red, yellow, and/or orange bell pepper (a combination is good,

but use what you have)

1/2 cup of chopped green onion (green and white parts)

1-2 stalks of celery, chopped (about 1/2 - 1 cup)

1 14-16-ounce can of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/4 cup of lime juice

2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of lemon pepper

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 large tomatoes, chopped (or about a pint of cherry tomatoes)

2 cups of chopped ham or turkey ham (optional)

4-6 cups of spinach and arugula, washed, mixed, and torn (or use some other

greens, if you'd prefer)

1/2 cup of non-fat, plain yogurt

1/4 cup of reduced fat mayonnaise

1/3 cup of cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon of dried dill weed

2 teaspoons of minced dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon of lemon pepper

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 cup of fresh parsley for garnishing (optional)

Chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes for garnishing (optional)

In a large salad bowl, place about 2 cups of crumbled cornbread. Layer on 1 cup of the shredded cheese. In another bowl, combine the chopped peppers, onion, celery, and black-eyed peas. Stir in the olive oil, lime juice, mustard, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and salt until everything is well mixed. Spoon about half of the vegetable mixture (with the dressing) on top of the cheese layer. Sprinkle on the remaining crumbled cornbread, then 1/2 cup of the cheese, then the remaining vegetable mixture. Sprinkle on the tomatoes and, if you're using it, the ham. Put the spinach/arugula mixture on top of the tomatoes/ham. In a bowl, whisk together well the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic and onion powders, dill, parsley, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, and sugar. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the salad. Top the dressing with the remaining 1/2 cup of the cheese. Garnish the salad with fresh parsley and additional tomatoes, if you'd like. Keep the salad refrigerated until serving time.

Southern Cornbread Layered Salad

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