Crack Corn Salad [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Crack Corn Salad is crunchy, creamy, sweet, sour, and savory all at the same time! Make this quick side dish for your cookouts this summer! Also, watch the recipe video to see how simple this is to make!

If you need a quick side dish recipe, then, make this recipe! It pairs well with our other cookout regulars like the Grilled Chicken Wings, BBQ Pork Chops, and Grilled Steak!

Image of crack corn salad with bacon in a glass bowl.

Corn Salad Recipe

Crack Corn Salad makes for a great crowd-pleaser! Not only because it is yummy, but because you can prepare so much in so little time.

I did not even think it was feasible for me to create a dish in just a few minutes with minimal effort. But I did it! You see, I forgot that some friends will come over for a cookout.

I went to the kitchen, looked over my groceries, and when I found some corn, I just knew instantly what to prepare!

I always keep my famous crack ingredients on hand for emergencies like this, so lucky me, I was able to whip up this side dish in no time!

This is just how quick and easy to prepare this tasty side dish is! It is simply perfect for emergencies like this, or perhaps, on days that you feel extra lazy. Let’s get started!

What is corn salad?

It refers to any kind of salad that has corn as the main ingredient. For this recipe, I used sweet corn kernels and ranch dressing to coat the other ingredients.

Also, I incorporated the crack trio – a combination of bacon, cheese, and ranch. These ingredients add another dimension to the sweet taste of the kernels.

Corn salad ingredients photo.

Is corn healthy?

Yes! Treated as a vegetable and a grain at the same time, it has many health benefits including the following:

  • rich in carotenoids that aid good vision
  • high in dietary fibers that are beneficial for the digestive system
  • low-fat and gluten-free

However, despite these benefits, watch your intake because it is starchy after all. The starch can elevate your blood sugar levels quickly after a meal.

What do you need to make Crack Corn Salad?

You need the following ingredients:

  • sweet corn
  • bacon
  • green onions
  • jalapeno
  • ranch
  • cheddar cheese
  • juice of one lime
  • garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

Picture of homemade crack corn salad with bacon.

How do you make Crack Corn Salad?

  • Prepare the ingredients: Chop the vegetables, shred the cheddar cheese, and cook the bacon.
  • Combine: Put everything in a large bowl, and toss all the ingredients together. Just make sure that you are coating each piece of ingredient in the dressing.
  • Serve: Garnish with desired herbs, and then, serve chilled.

How do you make homemade Ranch dressing?

It is very simple as you will only combine the following ingredients:

  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • milk or buttermilk
  • dill
  • parsley
  • chives
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt pepper
  • lemon juice

Crack corn salad in a bowl photo.

What to serve with corn salad?

This is a perfect meal on its own. Similarly, this recipe is a perfect side dish to pair with:

How to store it?

  • Refrigerate: You can refrigerate the whole thing by putting it first in an airtight container. This can be stored for up to 4 days. Meanwhile, the ranch dressing will keep for about one week.
  • Freeze: Do not freeze it. However, you can freeze the corn almost .in an instant.
  • Make-ahead: Considering these storage factors, you can make it in advance, put in a cool and dry airtight container.

Recipe Tips

  • You can either buy the whole ones including the cob. Then, blanch and then, run a knife from one end to the other, placing the blade closely to the kernels. Or, you can use the commercially available ones. Just remember that fresh and homemade beats any dish.
  • If the jalapeno is too hot, then, you can remove the membranes and seeds which add up to the spiciness.
  • You can add the bacon at the last step in order to retain its crunch up to the last minute of preparation.
  • Popcorn is a healthy snack, enjoy it!

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5 from 6 reviews
Crack Corn Salad
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins


  • 4 cups  sweet corn 
  • 12 slices  cooked bacon  (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup  green onions  (chopped)
  • 1  jalapeño  (finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup  Ranch salad dressing 
  • 1 cup  cheddar cheese  (shredded)
  •  Juice of 1 lime 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  •  Kosher salt  (to taste)
  •  Freshly ground black pepper  (to taste)


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir until ingredients are completely mixed and coated in dressing.
  3. Garnish with herbs, if desired, then serve.
Calories: 415 Carbohydrates: 24 Protein: 14 Fat: 30 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 39 Sodium: 627 Potassium: 353 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 390 Vitamin C: 9.9 Calcium: 93 Iron: 0.9
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Dorothy Reinhold

My kids are going to love this. It has their three must have ingredients... bacon, cheese, and ranch! Win!



This salad really is the best! Can't beat anything that has bacon, ranch and cheese. ;) YUM!


Melanie Bauer

Love how quick and easy to make this! Absolutely a perfect addition on our table, so tasty and yummy!!



The bacon and cheese take this corn salad to another level!!


Beth Pierce

This was the perfect side dish with dinner last night! Looking forward to enjoying this all summer!



Dang, I want to eat that entire bowl myself!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This couldn't look any more perfect!



This turned out great! I needed a fast side dish for a potluck bc my original plan of coleslaw didn’t turn out good. I left out the jalapeño and lime juice bc I didn’t have any and instead of cheddar cheese I used 4 cheese Mexican blend. It turned out so good I’d wished I had enough corn to double it! Definitely will be making this again!


Hi Molly, thank you for the feedback! I am glad you have enjoyed it as much as we do this dish!)))



Would love to try this! Can frozen corn be substituted for fresh?





Do you cook the corn first?


You can use canned or frozen corn that you dont need to cook.



Delicious. Everybody at the church dinner loved it.


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